4 ripe bananas, sliced lengthwise with peel still attached
10 large strawberries, thinly sliced (optional)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon brown sugar, for bananas
1 to 1 1/2 cups mini vanilla wafers
1 pint vanilla ice cream or gelato (for larger portions, go with more ice cream)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup rum
the bananas lengthwise with the peels on. Sprinkle exposed banana with cinnamon and brown
2. Grill on direct heat until char marks form on both sides. While grilling
the bananas, put the butter, remaining brown sugar and rum in a grill-friendly
pot or small aluminum pan.
3. Put the pot on indirect heat (not above the coals)
and let the butter, rum and sugar mixture come to a slow boil and begin to
caramelize (this will only take a few minutes). You can also make the rum
mixture on the stove.
the bananas and rum sauce from the grill. Remove the bananas from their peel
and slice. In a wine or martini glass, layer ice cream, vanilla wafers, banana and strawberries until filled to a little under the top of the glass.
5. Pour rum
sauce over top. The bananas combined with the vanilla wafers, strawberries and
rum sauce make for a perfect, crunchy bite.