Banana Peach Flambe


  • Makes4 to 4 servings

Like, is this perfect or what? Not only does this dessert require no advance planning, but it also gets lit on fire at the end. What more could any dad (or kid) possibly want? (Important note to nervous parents: The actual alcohol in the recipe burns off in the flambe process, so it's perfectly OK for children. But if you're still uncomfortable about the whole business, you can substitute fruit juice or flavoured syrup for the liqueur. It won't burst into flames, but it will still taste good.)


  • 3 medium bananas

  • 2 large peaches

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup rum, brandy or any kind of liqueur

  • vanilla ice cream


  • Peel the bananas and cut, crosswise, into diagonal slices, about ½ in. (1 cm) thick. Peel the peaches, remove the pits and slice thickly. Place bananas and peaches in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice.

  • In a large skillet, melt the butter or margarine over medium-high heat. Stir in the brown sugar. Add the bananas and peaches to the pan and cook, stirring gently so as not to mash up the fruit, for 3 or 4 minutes, until glazed and bubbly. Pour in the rum, stir and heat until it almost simmers. Remove from heat and immediately ignite it with a match. It should flame impressively for a couple of minutes. Make sure everyone sees this, from a safe distance, then serve over ice cream.

This article was originally published on Jun 01, 2000

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