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Up in Flames Drunken Bananas with Spiced Ice Cream: Simple Living and Eating

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A little bananas, drunken, spicy and up in flames… am I describing your family? I hope not, but during the holidays all families can be a little crazy. 

Does this description bring a certain Bluth family from the quirky TV series Arrested Development to mind? It does for me and celebrity chief Curtis Stone who is also a fan. He created this Up in Flames… dessert in the show's honor.

I was so excited when Netflix brought back Arrested Development. My family and I have been enjoying so many shows now that we can stream on Netflix; comedies like Arrested Development but also intense and engaging series like House of Cards and Game of Thrones. 

My teenage son loves to watch CSI shows, Bones, and NUMB3RS, maybe forensic are in his future? My 12 year old daughter loves Netflix's selection of tween movies. Plus she loves to watch Mythbusters and cooking shows with me. 

Thanks to Netflix's streaming option we can all share this amazing dessert together while individually watching whatever show we are interested in at the moment.

My husband watches Netflix's on his iPad. My daughter and I enjoy watching it on our big screen TV, my son will even watch streaming on his phone. You really can be anywhere, and use almost any device to view your favor TV series and movies.

Now back to Curtis Stone's dessert. WOW, I didn't realize how special plain vanilla ice cream could taste with a little holiday seasoning added to it. The flambéed bananas are amazing. The cinnamon and rum just light up the bananas and ice cream. This dessert was a major hit in our house.

How could it not be? Everyone likes an excuse to play with matches.

Up in Flames Drunken Bananas with Spiced Ice Cream: Simple Living and Eating

Up in Flames Drunken Bananas with Spiced Ice Cream:  from Curtis Stone

Copyright by Curtis Stone. All rights reserved.

Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Make-Ahead: The spiced ice cream can be made up to 3 days ahead, kept frozen. The flambéed bananas must be served as soon as they are made.


Spiced Ice Cream:
1 pint vanilla ice cream
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Large pinch of ground cloves

Flambéed Bananas:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 medium bananas, peeled
1/4 cup golden rum
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream


To make the spiced ice cream:
  1. In a medium bowl, break up the ice cream with a spoon, then mix in the nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Cover the ice cream and return it to the freezer. Keep the ice cream frozen until ready to serve.
To cook the bananas:
  1. In a 12-inch nonstick frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Slice the bananas in half lengthwise and lay the bananas cut side down in the butter mixture. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the bananas are caramelized on the underside and the sugar mixture has melted and become golden brown. 
  2. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the rum. Using a long match, carefully ignite the rum. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and away from any flammable material. Allow the flame to burn out. Turn the bananas over. Return the pan to medium heat and stir in the cream. Baste the bananas with the caramel sauce for about 1 minute.
  3. Divide the bananas between two plates. Spoon some sauce over the bananas. Top each with a scoop of ice cream, and then drizzle the remaining sauce over and around the ice cream and bananas. Serve immediately.

1) Heat up the butter, sugar, and spices.
1) Heat up the butter, sugar, and spices.

2) Carmelize the bananas.
2) Carmelize the bananas.

3) Get them golden brown on both sides.
3) Get them golden brown on both sides. 
Lighting up the bananas.
Lighting up the bananas. 

4) Now the fun part… add the rum and a match…POOF, culinary magic.
4) Now the fun part… add the rum and a match…POOF, culinary magic.

Sunday: Salty Swe et Potato Far from Around my French Kitchen with Kale and Up in Flames Drunken Bananas

Meatless Monday: Peppers, Black Beans, Corn Salsa with Melted Cheddar Cheese

Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Red Pepper Pasta

Wednesday: Pumpkin with Cajun spices and sausage with Fried Polenta

Thursday: Stir Fry with Shrimp and leftover Veggies with Brown Rice

Friday: Cheese Ravolis and a Green Salad

Saturday: Leftovers

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  1. Okay first off, this recipe is right up my alley...alcohol and flames...I'm in! Second, you guys are too cute! I love the fire extinguisher!! One of these days you will see me on the nightly news...I will be the crazy lady that burned the house down by pouring the rum into the pan....while using a gas stove! I love your son's taste in TV shows by the way, those are my favorites as well. ;)

    1. From the woman who gave us Jack Daniels Chili I will believe that this is truly a dessert for you.

  2. Tיhis is a GREAT desserts!!
    I just looooooooooove it
    For some reason it is usually served here in Chinese restaurant

    I'm just afraid of making it my self LOL

    Cute photos btw

    1. As you can see in the picture my Boy Scout son was ready with the fire extinguisher if things got out of hand. But, honestly it really doesn't flame up that much, and it tastes amazing.

  3. I've had bananas foster once in a my life and I think it's similar to your recipe. It was sooo good. I might have to use your recipe and impress my toddler. :-)

    1. Very much like banana foster but with seasonal spices and the rum makes the flavor more complex

  4. Hmm, this looks like a fun recipe to try.

    I've heard of Arrested Development but haven't watched it. Dh and I are hooked on Modern Family right now. Just waiting for Suits to come back on. :)

    1. Arrested Develop has been off the air for a while and netflix brought it back. Very dry odd humor, Justin Bateman and Liza Minnelli are in it.

  5. Hubby and I are fans of Netflix too. We watched "Flight" and "Olympus Has Fallen" on Sunday.

    1. So many great shows. I have been a member of Netflix for about 15 years, it is awesome.


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