Bananas from the coals

img_0138Cook up some dessert while you are eating the rest of your meal.  Serve up these bananas plain or with ice cream.  Either way you are in for a treat…  

Ingredients

  • Bananas (at least one per person served)
  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon

Prepare the bananas while the rest of the meal is cooking.  Select at least one banana for everyone that is having dessert.  Take off about a 1″ strip of the peel from each banana and place them open-side-up on a piece of foil large enough to wrap up the whole batch when you are done.  Hint: bananas peel easier from the bottom, especially if you are using some that are more than a bit ripe (did you ever watch a monkey peel a banana?).  

Spread a small amount of butter over the top of each banana and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Wrap up the foil around the bananas, making sure that the foil is sealed and that none of the juices will leak out.

While you are eating dinner, place the foil-wrapped bananas directly over the coals.  They should be ready in 5-10 minutes, slightly longer if you put them on a grill rather than actually in the coals.  You will know when they are done, as a wonderful smell will be steaming up out of the foil.  For those that are nasally challenged, the bananas should be very soft (almost mushy) and there should be a lot of tasty juice in the bottom of the foil.

Unwrap the foil (be careful, it’s hot, and you don’t want to lose any of those juices in the bottom) and use the peels to pick up the fruit and drop into a bowl.  Pour the juice from the foil over the bananas and grab your spoon.  If you want some real fun, get some ice cream and make a banana split…