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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Go Bananas!

For those of you who love bananas, this recipe is for you! Banana's Foster Bars are so delicious and literally melt in your mouth! Yes, they take some time, but so so so worth it in the end. Below I've posted the recipe, so leave your comments and enjoy!!!

Banana's Foster Bars

Preheat oven to 325F (racks set to the middle and near top)
Line 9x13 pan with parchment paper

Shortbread
1 cup + 5 tbsp. butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
3 cups + 3 tbsp flour

Melt butter, set aside until cool. Mix butter and sugar together. Whisk in egg yolks. Stir salt into flour. Mix into butter mixture until combined. Transfer 2 cups of dough to the prepared pan & press evenly. Prick dough with a fork. Refrigerate for 30 min.
For the topping, mix 1/4 cup sugar with the remaining dough & crumble together. (This is to make a nice crumbly crust after pouring the banana filling on the cookie... but we'll get to that later!)

Banana Filling
3 bananas
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup dark rum
Over low heat, melt butter, sugar and cinnamon stirring until almost dissolved. Add sliced bananas and saute. Turn slices over once. Add rum and heat through - boil or flambe until the sugar is fully dissolved. Mash or cut bananas into small pieces. Take out 1/4 cup of the rum sauce and mix into banana mixture. Heat the remaining rum sauce, bring to a boil and reduce down slightly and add the rest of the rum mixture with the mashed bananas. Take pan out of the refrigerator and bake in the middle of the oven for 18 mins. until slightly brown on the edges. Increase temp. to 350F. Spread banana mixture over hot crust. Scatter remaining dough on top. Bake on the near top rack 25+ min. until top is browned. Cool 1 hour. Cut into bars.
I've made this recipe multiple times and loved it every time! I try to incorporate bananas into all of my baked goods so this was the perfect cookie for me!

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