Banana Flambé

(don’t) Try this at home!

Let me tell you – the trick with flambe works every time when you have some rare guests over and you work to impress! I’ve made this super simple dessert for quite a few friends of mine and even the most serious dessert lovers claimed it was amazing. Besides, if you don’t have any fireworks up your sleeves – this does the trick to entertain your dinner party! Be careful with surroundings, make sure you don’t have any objects close by that may catch flames and of course watch out for your brows – keep the distance.



  • 2 bananas
  • 1-2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 orange
  • ~50 ml brandy or rum

Melt butter in a heated pan and add brown sugar. Halve bananas length wise and fry, cut side down.

Once bananas are glazed and golden, it’s time for the show! This time I made it outdoors, so maybe I went a bit over 50 ml of brandy for the emphasis of effect. Besides, cooking it on a Swedish torch, no matches or lighters were needed. Safety measures were taken – I poured brandy into the pan while holding it away from the torch.

Once back on, alcohol caught fire. Spoon flaming sauce over bananas.

When the flame goes out, squeeze orange juice, give it another half a minute for the juice to incorporate in the sauce and serve.

The beauty of this dessert is the show itself and when it comes to taste – the kind of alcohol you use, may add completely different flavors. I had tried brandy, rum, all kinds of liquors (with higher alcohol concentration needed for it to go on flames). Try it out! Find your favorite!


Bon appétit!

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