About this recipe:Bananas baked in a buttery orange syrup couldn't be simpler to make and they taste utterly divine. For an extra treat, add a splash of liqueur.
1 large orange
4 firm bananas
1 tbsp dark rum or brandy (optional)
2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
25g butter, cut into small pieces
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Method Prep:10min › Cook:15min › Ready in:25min
Preheat the oven to 180°C (gas 4). Use a citrus zester to take fine shreds of zest from half of the orange, or thinly remove the zest with a vegetable peeler and then cut it into fine shreds. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice from both halves.
Peel the bananas, slice them lengthways and lay them in a shallow ovenproof dish. Pour over the orange juice and rum or brandy, if using. Sprinkle with the sugar and scatter over the butter and orange zest.
Bake for 10–15 minutes until the bananas are just lightly cooked and the sauce is syrupy. Serve immediately.
These bananas are delicious served hot with vanilla ice-cream. * Slices of fresh pineapple are equally good cooked in this way. * For an exotic flavour, sprinkle with crushed seeds of shelled cardamom pods.