Here's the Original Bananas Foster

Ralph Brennan of the legendary Brennan's in New Orleans shares the inspiration behind one of the Big Easy's signature sweets

Bananas foster isn't just a dessert—it's an experience. A dish designed to make at the dinner table, it's all about the show. Dark, tangy brown sugar crystals dissolving into a pool of butter; a flash of flame from a dash of rum; the caramelly sauce spooned over ice cream...Excuse us, we need a minute.

In the video above, Ralph Brennan of Brennan's in New Orleans shares the origin story of this now-iconic sweet at his family's restaurant. The actual preparation is a simple one, but these once-exotic ingredients come together to make something complex in flavor and impressive in showmanship. As always, when flaming desserts or sauces, remove the pan from the heat source and extinguish any flames before adding the alcohol, and don't pour straight from the bottle.

Banana Fosters

Brennan's Bananas Foster

Banana liqueur heightens the flavor of the bananas in this flambeed dessert from the New Orleans restaurant Brennan's.Matt Taylor-Gross