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Browned Butter Bananas with Toasted Pecans

Photo: Levi Brown
Prep time 13 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Total time 23 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Browning the butter adds a rich, nutty flavor to the sauce, but it's tricky to see in a dark, coated skillet. Use a stainless steel skillet to make sure the butter reaches a golden-brown hue without burning.


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Dash of ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons light or dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 bananas, cut in half crosswise and lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Add milk, rum, and lemon zest; stir until smooth. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Cook 5 minutes, swirling pan until butter just starts to turn golden.

  3. Place bananas in butter, cut sides down, and cook 2 minutes. Turn bananas, and cook 1 minute. Divide bananas evenly among 4 serving plates.

  4. Pour reserved powdered sugar mixture into same skillet. Increase heat to medium; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir in pecan halves. Pour sauce evenly over bananas; top with vanilla ice cream, if desired.