Broiled Bananas with Brown Sugar & Cream

March  6, 2018
Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

Just what it sounds like. The measurements are here for the taking, but feel free to sprinkle the sugar and pour the cream without a care in the world. The fruit should just cover the bottom of the pan. Instead of bananas, you could use ripe peaches and apricots, even cherries or berries. —Emma Laperruque

  • Serves 2 to 3
  • 3 large, ripe (freckly yellow) bananas
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (packed!)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch flaky salt
In This Recipe
  1. Turn on the broiler. Slice the bananas thickly on a bias. Arrange, slightly overlapping, in a 10-inch, oven-safe skillet. Crumble the brown sugar evenly on top, then pour the cream, then sprinkle the salt. Slide under the broiler—figure about 6 inches away. Broil for about 6 minutes, rotating as needed for even cooking, until the cream is bubbly and thickened, browned and spotty. Let cool slightly before eating, preferably straight from the skillet with a spoon.

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