Brown-Sugar Baked Bananas

Emeril's Christmas Treat

The chef prepares the perfect brunch for Christmas morning.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Emeril's combo on brown sugar and bananas makes this treat tasty and it is easy to make!


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 bananas, peeled, sliced in half lengthwise and crosswise
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • Light rum or banana liqueur, for drizzling (optional)
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)
  • Cooking Directions

    Position a rack about 8 inches from the broiler element and preheat the broiler to high. Butter the bottom of a flameproof 11- by 7-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter, and arrange the banana slices in it in one even layer, cut sides down. Set aside. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon butter with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange juice. Cook, stirring, until the sugar begins to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the orange zest. Pour the sauce evenly over the bananas.

    Place the baking dish under the broiler and cook, turning the bananas over midway through, until the sauce is slightly thickened and bubbly and the bananas are tender, about 6 minutes total. Remove the baking dish from the broiler, and if desired, drizzle with rum. Set aside to cool briefly before serving. Serve the bananas over vanilla ice cream, if desired, with some of the sauce drizzled over the top.

    Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 minutes Total: 18 minutes

    * Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, Emeril's 20-40-60, Harper Studio Publisher, New York, 2009, courtesy MSLO, Inc.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: bananas, brown sugar

    Course: Brunch, Dessert

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