Brown Buttered Mangoes Foster

May  3, 2012
1 Rating
Author Notes

One of my favorite desserts as a kid was bananas foster. For special occasions we would go to a restaurant in downtown Annapolis where they served the dish tableside. I was in awe and my dad and I would often try our hand at the art of flambe. I have grown out of a taste for bananas but mangoes are a current obsession. I thought they would take well to the caramelized sauce and I gave them a hit of spices and citrus. I used salted butter because I love the salty/sweet combo. Some people hate it and feel free to use unsalted if you prefer. Yum! Serve with your best vanilla ice cream. —meganvt01

Test Kitchen Notes

This is a superb way to treat yourself to some mangoes! I love the bit of ginger and lime zest. The mangoes hold up great and are delicious with vanilla ice cream. I may never go back to bananas foster again! —cgilsbach

  • Serves 4
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons mango nectar (I use Goya)
  • 1/3 cup dark rum (or even a superdark blackstrap rum if you can find it)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 very large, very ripe mangoes - cut into 1/2 inch wedges
  • vanilla ice cream - for serving
In This Recipe
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and cook until browned (swirl the butter until the solids at the bottom get a nice, golden -- not too dark -- brown color).
  2. Add the sugar and ginger. Cook for about 2 minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add the mangoes, mango nectar, cinnamon and cardamom. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the rum, remove from the heat, and using a long match, light the rum on fire. Using a long handled spoon, baste the mangoes with the rum sauce until the flame dies out.
  5. Finish the dish by adding the lime zest. Serve over big scoops of vanilla ice cream.

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Recipe by: meganvt01

After spending years in school while working full time, I'm happy to finally have my evenings pursuing my other passion, cooking! I have a 4 year old boy and a husband that are both adventurous eaters and supportive tasters. I spend a good bit of my vacation travel preparation researching local and regional foods and my friends all make fun of my food obsession. I've always been pretty confident with my techniques cooking from recipes but I am enjoying Food52's challenge of putting those techniques to work for my own versions of my favorite foods. I love to learn and the group of people that contribute to this site are a great resource. As an Annapolis native, I love to cook with our local produce and seafood whenever possible. I try to support our community of fisherman, farmers, other food producers and chefs as much as possible.