Tuesday, December 2, 2008

French Vanilla Ice Cream with Sauteed Bananas and Phyllo Triangles

Cook Time: 25 min
Level: Easy
Yield: 4 servings


* 4 sheets phyllo dough, 13 by 17
* 3 tablespoons butter, melted, plus 2 tablespoons butter
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 2 bananas, thickly sliced
* 2 bananas, sliced on an angle
* 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
* 2 shots spiced rum
* 1 pint French vanilla bean ice cream


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Spread a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Top with a layer of phyllo
and brush the sheet with the melted butter. Mix sugar and cinnamon.
Scatter a layer of sugar across the butter coated pastry. Repeat with
2 more layers of pastry, then top with a final sheet of dough then cut
pastry into long triangles, working from side to side of the cookie
sheet, using a sharp paring knife or pizza wheel. Cover the pastry
with another sheet of parchment paper and another cookie sheet. Place
pastry in the hot oven and bake 15 minutes or until golden. Remove
pastry from oven to cool.

Begin other recipes in your menu while pastry bakes.

When you are ready to serve dessert, heat a medium nonstick skillet
over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter. When butter melts,
add bananas and saute 3 minutes. Sprinkle with brown sugar to coat
bananas. When sugar melts around fruit, add rum and flame it. Pour rum
from shot glass, not from the bottle, to prevent flame ups. When flame
goes out and alcohol has evaporated, spoon warm bananas into cocktail
glasses. Top with small scoops of French vanilla ice cream and garnish
with phyllo triangles. Serve extra triangles on a pretty plate for
sweet snacking.

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