Broiled Bananas with Brown Sugar & Cream

May  3, 2021
4.5 Stars
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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6 Reviews

Cheryl M. February 17, 2021
This is an amazing recipe! No need to measure after the first go around - I use way more bananas, a sprinkling of brown sugar and flaky sea salt, and either half and half or heavy cream. Absolutely delish over ice cream.
SandraBacak December 12, 2020
Wonderful and simple. Addictive!
Terry April 24, 2019
Any ideas if I could sub half and half for heavy cream?
Author Comment
Emma L. April 24, 2019
Hi Terry! It'll probably end up a little less thick, but should still be delicious.
Kat June 27, 2018
Just wondering, could you substitute ripe plantains for the bananas?
Author Comment
Emma L. June 27, 2018
Hi! I haven't tried that myself. You might have to cook them a little longer but otherwise, I imagine it would work. If you try, let me know!