Thursday, December 6, 2012

Brazilian Bananas

Brazilian Bananas
Last night for dinner, we tried a simple new dessert that all of really loved... even those in the house who don't like coconut.  So if you are looking for a simple fruit-based dessert that would be fit for company, this one would definitely be on my short-list.

Brazilian Bananas
  • 4 bananas
  • Juice from 1 orange (about ½ C)
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2 T turbinado
  • 2 T unsweetened coconut
  • Cinnamon for garnish
  • Optional: 1 T brandy
  1. Combine orange juice, lemon juice, and turbinado in small saucepan.  Over medium heat, simmer to thicken.  If using brandy, add just before you take the sauce off the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, toast unsweetened coconut in a 350 degree oven, stirring occasionally, about 5-10 minutes until fragrant and browned.
  3. Just before serving, peel and slice bananas on the diagonal into individual serving dishes.
  4. Top bananas with orange sauce and sprinkle with coconut and cinnamon.  Serve immediately.
The sauce for the bananas is so versatile.  You could easily use this on top of other fruits (like honeydew or pineapple chunks, fresh sliced strawberries...) for an equally wonderful dessert.

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