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3 Valentine's Day Desserts

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Bananas Foster With Toasted Pecans

Serves 2

  • 1 cup premium vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 banana, sliced on the diagonal
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  1. Spoon ice cream into goblets or serving bowls and set in freezer.
  2. When ready to serve, heat a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add pecans and toast, stirring frequently, until fragrant and lightly colored, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn onto a cutting board and chop coarsely.
  3. Melt butter in the now empty skillet over medium heat. Add sugar, shaking pan until it melts and starts to bubble. Add bananas; continue to cook until warmed and sauce starts to coat them, a minute or so. Stir in a few teaspoons of water and then the rum; simmer to burn off the alcohol, and reduce to a thick sauce consistency, less than a minute. Top ice cream with chopped pecans and a spoonful of sauce. Serve immediately.

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SKIP THE CROWD: AARP food expert Pam Anderson suggests skipping crowded restaurants this Valentine's Day and enjoying romance and simplicity at home. Try her three-course menu of salmon rollups, crab and spinach crepes, and crepes with strawberries and cream.

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