For every dinner, dessert is the crowning achievement. But ice cream, pie, and the usual fruit gets tiresome after a while. Here is a recipe that will wake everybody up. Its centerpiece is bananas. Yes, bananas. It’s the easiest thing to prepare, and it’s bound to impress your significant other or anybody else for that matter. Strikingly simple to make and scrumptious. Guys and gals, no fancy gimmicks here, Just sautee the bananas and serve with peach slices. Now, if you wan to exaggerate a bit, you can say how you slaved over the stove just to come up with this fancy-dan dessert. And who’s to know? At the end of the meal, your family and friends will sing your praises.

The recipe is from my first cookbook, Puerto Rican Cuisine in America (Avalon Books – Thunder’s Mouth Press). And it’s an example of how we dress up a basic fruit and make it glorious.

      (Bananas with Coconut Cream)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup cream of coconut
Fresh peach halves

1. Melt butter in a large pan or skillet
2. Add bananas and saute briefly until well coated
3. Sprinkle with lime juice.
4. Remove bananas to serving dish and spoon cream of coconut over them.
5. Garnish with peach halves and serve.
     Yield: 4 or more servings.

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