Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Orange ya glad?

From Durham, S.C., comes this sweet spray paint typography, courtesy of lovely loyal reader Yvette Y. 

A pack of matches goes out to YY as our little way of saying "thanks." Oh. Also this recipe:

Bananas flambé
1 orange
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1/4 cup orange liqueur or brandy
Kosher salt
3 ripe bananas, peeled, halved lengthwise and crosswise
1/2 cup dark rum
Whipped cream, for serving
Remove 4 strips orange zest with a vegetable peeler. Squeeze the orange and strain the juice.

Melt the butter with the sugar, orange zest and vanilla bean in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar caramelizes, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the liqueur, orange juice and a pinch of salt.

Return the skillet to medium heat, add the bananas, cut-side down, and cook until glazed and golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and divide among bowls.

Add the rum to the pan and return to medium heat. Warm for a few seconds without stirring, then carefully tilt the pan so the rum ignites (if using an electric stove, hold a lit match near the sauce to ignite it). Spoon the flaming sauce over the bananas. Garnish with whipped cream and the glazed orange zest.

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