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Bananas Foster

4 firm ripe bananas, sliced in half lengthwise
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons lemon juice, about 1 lemon
1/2 cup banana liqueur
1/2 cup dark rum or brandy

Melt butter in a heavy skillet; add the brown sugar and spices, stirring until the
sugar is completely melted. Add the ripe bananas and cook until they are hot and
well coated with syrup, but not mushy. Carefully pour in the banana liqueur and
rum. If the butter is very hot, the bananas will flame on their own. Or, you can
cook over medium heat, stirring, until the alcohol cooks out. Or, with a long
match, carefully flame the liqueur and brandy in the pan and cook until the flame
dies out and the alcohol is cooked out. Add the juice from the lemon and stir to
blend. Serve the bananas and sauce warm over vanilla ice cream.
Serves 4.

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