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Old 09-09-2006, 09:13 PM   #1
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Bananas Foster won't ignite...

as a native louisianian and want-to-be chef, i'm almost embarrassed to say that for the 2nd time in 2 weeks, i can NOT get my myer's dark rum to ignite while making bananas foster.

i've done this several times with NO problems, but lately, i can't get the rum to ignite.

any suggestions...

btw, here's the recipe for 2 people:

2 T butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 T banana liquer (LeRoux Creme de Banana is awesome)
2 T myer's dark rum
sprinkle cinnamon
2 bananas
2 scoops Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.

1. melt the butter & sugar until carmelized... sprinkle in the cinnamon
2. add the bananas and banana liquer and cook on low-med heat for about 2 min.
3. carefully add the myer's dark rum... and let it heat up until very warm.
4. ignite by tipping the pan or using a long kitchen match.
5. let the bananas cook for another 2 min. on low heat-making sure they're all completely covered in the sauce... then have your date grab 2 spoons and 1 bowl.
6. dump the ice cream in the bowl, place the bananas on top, and pour on the sauce.
7. gaze into your date's eyes and tell him/her that you hope they're as good as the dessert.



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Old 09-10-2006, 12:13 AM   #2
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Try igniting the rum right after you add it to the pan.
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Old 09-10-2006, 05:16 AM   #3
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Are you using alcohol-free rum?

I'm with Andy, ignite the rum as soon as you add it. The alcohol evaporates fairly quick and without alcohol it won't burn...
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Old 09-10-2006, 07:56 AM   #4
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Actually the alcohol sticks around for a lot longer than you may think. Alcohol does not really cook out easily. Even after it has ignited there is still a lot left.

Check out this chart to see how much alcohol is left after various cooking times and methods.

I have never actually flamed any alcohol when cooking so I have no first hand knowledge of this, but I have always thought that you do want the alcohol warm before you light it because that helps to vaporize it and it is the vapors that actually light.
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Old 09-10-2006, 11:32 AM   #5
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Actually the alcohol sticks around for a lot longer than you may think. Alcohol does not really cook out easily. Even after it has ignited there is still a lot left.

Check out this chart to see how much alcohol is left after various cooking times and methods.

I have never actually flamed any alcohol when cooking so I have no first hand knowledge of this, but I have always thought that you do want the alcohol warm before you light it because that helps to vaporize it and it is the vapors that actually light.
I've always tossed it into the pan without warming, tipped the pan towards the flame, moved away to arm's length then cried "WHOOPPEEEE!!!" as the kitchen bursts into flames! Perhaps you're not putting enough alcohol into the pan. Try a little more ( no, I do not mean half a bottle....)
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Old 09-10-2006, 03:05 PM   #6
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the recipe i use for 2 servings only calls for 2 tablespoons... so i imagine it won't burn too long.
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Old 09-10-2006, 03:07 PM   #7
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Maybe the alcohol content of your rum is too low?
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Old 09-10-2006, 03:24 PM   #8
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I make this often and have no problem igniting. If you heat the alcohol first, you are giving the alcohol too much chance to dissipate. Ignite the fumes the minute you pour in the rum. You don't need to heat it first. the igniting and burning will do the heating for you.
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Old 09-10-2006, 09:36 PM   #9
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I agree with everyone else, ignite that sucker as soon as the rum hits the pan.

However, I think you need to saute the bananas at a higher temperature. Also, don't add the banana liqueur until you add the rum. This will allow the pan to get hotter. If the pan is hotter, then the alcohol will vaporize and ignite easier, even when you dilute the rum with the banana liqueur.
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Old 09-10-2006, 09:43 PM   #10
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Was your rum old? I don't know if that would have any effect, but its a thought.

More rum would be my first thought. Let us know what you tried and what worked would you please? I'm interested in your solution.
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