Bananas Foster in Puff Pastry Shells and a Giveaway

Flaky, light as air puff pastry shells filled with creamy vanilla ice cream and topped with sweet, sliced bananas in a hot caramelized butter and brown sugar sauce with just a touch of cinnamon.

Bananas Foster is one of New Orleans’ most famous desserts and my first trip to New Orleans would not have been complete without eating Bananas Foster at Brennan’s. My version is non-alcoholic, but at Brennan’s it’s fun to watch your waiter flame the dessert at your table.

My twist on Bananas Foster was also inspired by Katherine Martinelli’s new eBook, Puff Pastry at Brunch: 10 Sweet and Savory Recipes to Start Your Morning, and her recipe for Caramelized Banana and Whipped Cream Stacks. Katherine is a Food and Travel Writer, who I met through the Secret Recipe Club.

It’s a fun little eBook filled with easy to follow recipes and tips on using puff pastry to create luscious puff pastry recipes for brunch. It’s available for $2.99 at the Amazon Kindle store, as well as Barnes and Noble’s Nook. (You can also download it to your computer if you don’t  have an e-reader.)

This recipe is so quick and easy, but elegant enough to serve to guests. I don’t usually serve ice cream for brunch, but I figure if Brennan’s can serve Bananas Foster for breakfast, I can certainly serve it for brunch.

Bananas Foster in Puff Pastry Shells and a Giveaway

Bananas Foster in Puff Pastry Shells and a Giveaway


  • 6 baked puff pastry shells*
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 firm ripe bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream


Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, water and vanilla stir until smooth. Add the banana slices and stir to coat evenly. Allow to cook for 1 minute (don't overcook the banana.) Remove from heat.

Spoon 1/3 cup ice cream into each pastry shell. Spoon the caramelized bananas over the ice cream and pastry shells. Serve immediately.


*I used Pepperridge Farm Puff Pastry Shells, but you could make shells out of pastry sheets or make your own puff pastry.


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  1. Paula Tavernie says

    I would love to win this great cookbook! I love to cook!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  2. Lorraine says

    I have only ever used these pastry cases for savoury things. How silly of me! My mind is whirling with new ideas now! Thank you!

  3. Diane Baum says

    Wow- this book looks and sounds amazing like it would introduce me to some wonderful new recipes