I started making this as a way of using up oldish bananas. Now, I buy the
bananas especially to make this.
Bit of butter, good squeeze of honey, a large slug of rum and at least 2
peeled bananas per person, all in a frying pan over not-maximum heat on the
gas. The bananas can be whole or in bits. Oldish (softer) bananas are best,
blackish outside but not inside.
After heating for less than a minute the whole lot heats up and WOOF! - the
rum starts to burn off with an impressive flame perhaps 1-2 feet high.
Yeehah! You can panic now and set the place on fire, or (better) stay calm
just move pan a little away from the flame to control things, and get some
The flame is just the alcohol burning off, of course. You can blow it out
or let it burn – after a minute or so there’ll be no alcohol but it’s all
still very rum-flavoured.
You’re only heating the bananas and syrup, not “cooking” anything really,
so it’s “done” in 1-2 minutes. Add cream or ice cream if there’s anything
left of your galley/boat.