The iconic dessert known as Bananas Foster was created in 1951 at the French Quarter eatery Brennan’s. The story goes that when owner Owen Brennan’s chef Paul Blangé was asked to prepare something special for visiting millionaire Richard Foster, he decided to create a delicious treat using banana liqueur and butter.
This concoction of bananas sautéed in butter, brown sugar, banana liqueur and rum ended up becoming an instant hit with customers — eventually leading to its own classic dessert menu item. Thanks to its overwhelming popularity; it has since become one of the most famous desserts in all of New Orleans — often served flambé-style in some restaurants.
What makes Bananas Foster unique from other desserts is the way it is prepared. It is made by cooking bananas in butter, sugar and spices until lightly caramelized before adding a splash of rum or brandy which are then lit on fire. This gives it a beautiful golden hue and an unforgettable aroma which will make any mouth water!
Despite being invented more than 60 years ago, Bananas Foster continues to be a popular favorite among many both within and outside of New Orleans due to its unique flavor profile. Many restaurants serve their own take on this classic dessert; ranging from traditional recipes to modern variations that feature different ingredients such as powdered sugar or peanut butter. No matter what your preference; you can be sure that there's something out there that can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.
Bananas Foster has become a signature item here in New Orleans — with countless tourists visiting every year just for a taste! So, if you're ever in town and looking for a delicious treat then you won't want to miss out on sampling this delightful dessert for yourself.