Try using tart, apple-like Manzano bananas (see 5 Banana Varieties) for this delicious take on the classic French dessert, which is traditionally made with apples. Standard Cavendish bananas work well too. The recipe is based on one in Jamie's Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver (Hyperion, 2009).
- 3⁄4 cup superfine sugar
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp. orange zest
- 1⁄4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 4-5 firm-ripe Manzano or standard (Cavendish) bananas, halved lengthwise
- 1 (14-oz.) package frozen puff pastry, preferably Dufour brand, thawed
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)