The dessert is made of buttery heart-shaped Graham cracker crusts, filled with
chocolate and caramelized bananas. This recipe uses six common baking ingredients,
and Blumer reminds cooks to always go for the freshest materials available. The
dessert can be made in advance and refrigerated until mealtime. At the moment of
serving, there's an optional "flamb " finishing touch, for a dramatic
presentation of literally "burning" love.
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 medium bananas, sliced
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 5 tablespoons of the butter.
Transfer melted butter to a bowl, add Graham cracker crumbs and granulated sugar.
Blend thoroughly with fork.
Place four 4-inch heart-shaped cookie cutters on ungreased cookie sheet.
Divide crumb mixture evenly among 4 cookie cutters. Form crusts by firmly pressing
crumb mixture into a crust from 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick, on the bottom and up
the sides of each cookie cutter.
Place cookie sheet in oven and bake crusts in cookie cutters until lightly
browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Crusts may puff slightly during baking. After
removing from oven, immediately sprinkle 1 tablespoon chocolate chips inside
each crust. Set cookie sheet aside.
In a 10-inch skillet over medium heat, melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter
and brown sugar. Stir occasionally, for about 4 minutes, until mixture has melted
into a smooth golden liquid.
Add bananas to liquid and stir for 3 minutes, or until bananas are slightly
cooked, but not mushy.
Spoon bananas evenly into shells. Smooth surface with back of spoon and
expose edges of crusts. Gently remove molds.
For the optional "flambe" finish to make Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love:
Set the dessert on the table. Place 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier, Cointreau or
dark rum in large serving spoon. Use a lighter to heat underside of spoon for 10
seconds, then touch liquid directly to flame. While liquid is burning, pour a little
over each heart.