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Bananas Baked with Cream Cheese
(Bananes Celeste — Martinique)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 6 ripe but firm medium bananas, peeled and cut lengthwise into halves
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in skillet over medium heat until melted. Cook bananas in butter, a few at a time, until brown on both sides; gently remove. Place cream cheese, brown sugar, whipping cream, rum and cinnamon in blender container. Cover and blend on high speed, stopping blender occasionally to scrape sides, until smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. Arrange half of the bananas in ungreased 8-inch square baking dish. Spread half of cream cheese mixture over bananas; top with remaining bananas and cream cheese mixture.
  3. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees F until corners are bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve bubbling hot!

Yields 6 servings.

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