Banana Sundaes with Mexican Chocolate Sauce

Bananas Foster meets chocolate fondue in this irresistible dessert. The dish is actually rooted in an ancient Mexican tradition—chocolate flavored with cinnamon, cloves and ground almonds. We call for apple bananas, small stubby bananas with a pleasing apple acidity, but small regular bananas can be used.

CHOCOLATE SAUCE

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
6 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla

BANANAS

6 apple bananas or small regular bananas
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons rum
1 tablespoon tequila

ICE CREAM

3 cups vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

1. In heavy medium saucepan, combine cream, chocolate, cinnamon and cloves. Cook over low heat 6 minutes or until chocolate is melted, whisking occasionally until thick and smooth. Do not boil or chocolate may burn. Stir in vanilla. Remove from heat. (Chocolate sauce can be prepared up to 4 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

2. Just before serving, cut bananas crosswise in half at a sharp diagonal. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Increase heat to high; add bananas and brown sugar. Cook 2 minutes or until bananas are soft and a thick, syrupy sauce has formed, gently stirring occasionally. Add rum and tequila; boil 1 to 2 minutes or until slightly thickened.

3. To serve, scoop ice cream into 6 bowls. Spoon banana mixture over top. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve immediately.

6 servings

PER SERVING: 555 calories, 34 g total fat (19.5 g saturated fat), 6 g protein, 63.5 g carbohydrate, 80 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 4.5 g fiber


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