And here’s another way to redeem your bananas for the good.
½ cup unsalted butter
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup dark rum
pinch of salt
4 small, ripe (not overripe) bananas, sliced in half lengthwise
Vanilla ice cream
Preheat the oven to 400˚. Place the butter in a shallow glass baking dish large enough to hold the 8 banana halves in a single layer and place the pan in the oven. When the butter is melted, about 5 minutes, add the brown sugar, stir, and cook until the sugar is bubbling, about 5-8 minutes. Add the rum and pinch of salt, and stir the mixture together. Arrange the bananas in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the bananas over, coating with the sauce, and bake for another 10 minutes, until the bananas are tender. To serve, place 2 banana halves and a scoop of vanilla ice cream in each of four shallow dessert dishes or plates, and distribute the rest of the sauce over the bananas. Makes 4 servings.