Caramelized Banana with Rum Sauce

from Gourmet Magazine, February 2003

Serves 1

Active time: 10 min
Start to finish: 10 min

      2 teaspoons unsalted butter
      1 banana, halved lengthwise, then crosswise
      2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
      2 tablespoons rum (preferably dark)
      2 teaspoons water
    1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
      2 tablespoons sliced or chopped nuts, toasted

Melt butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then saute banana, cut sides down, shaking skillet, 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat (away from flame) and sprinkle brown sugar around banana, then pour rum around banana. Return skillet to heat and continue to saute, shaking skillet occasionally, until sugar begins to melt, about 30 seconds.

Add water, nutmeg, cinnmon, and a pinch of salt and cook over moderate heat, shaking skillet occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.

Serve banana hot with vanilla ice cream, sprinkled with nuts.