Custard, vanilla wafers, and bananas are layered and topped with whipped cream in our version of the classic Southern dessert. Get the recipe for Banana Pudding »
. Todd Coleman
With a sweet taste and a creamy texture, bananas lend themselves well to all sorts of sweet dishes. Caramelized, flambéed, or mashed and added to baked goods, these banana desserts make a spectacular end to any meal.
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Banana slices, sticky toffee, and whipped cream are arranged in layers over a cookie-like crust in this beloved British dessert. [See the recipe for Banoffee Pie »
Brennan’s Bananas Foster
Banana liqueur heightens the flavor of the bananas in this flambeed dessert from the New Orleans restaurant Brennan’s.
Banana and Dark Rum Bread Pudding
This rich version of bread pudding was developed by associate food editor Kellie Evans, who recommends it as a great way to use up overripe bananas or soon-to-go-stale bread. Its spicy, warm flavors pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a cup of strong coffee. See the recipe for Banana and Dark Rum Bread Pudding »
Bananas Foster Milkshake
Caramel and rum are perfect partners for bananas in this thick and creamy milk shake, a riff on a classic New Orleans dessert; we got the idea for the shake from our friend Drew Curren, chef of 24 Diner in Austin, Texas. You can substitute a porter beer for the rum, if you like.
Fried Bananas (Kluai Khaek)
Many varieties of banana are grown in Thailand, and the Thai often cook them, grilling, boiling, or frying the fruit. For this simple dish, small, firm bananas are preferred. The large supermarket banana doesn’t work well for this dish, because it tends to fall apart when heated. See the recipe for Fried Bananas »