No shortage of fat, calories in this shortcake

July 18, 1993|By Dallas Morning News

Somehow, you just knew the combination of Lee Bailey and New Orleans would produce something really spectacular.

How does a dessert that's pushing 1,000 calories a serving sound?

Bananas Foster shortcake starts with fat, banana-flavored biscuits that are good enough for breakfast on their own. A warm sauce -- equal parts cream and brown sugar doctored with rum and banana liqueur -- blankets slices of banana. A dollop of whipped cream nudges the calorie count up to 922.

This decadent creation is from "Lee Bailey's New Orleans" (Clarkson Potter, $30).

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Bananas Foster shortcake

Makes 10 servings

2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled

1 cup banana puree

4 1/2 cups heavy cream (divided use)

2 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, tightly packed

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 1/2 tablespoons dark rum

2 1/2 tablespoons banana liqueur

5 bananas, peeled and sliced

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Sift together into a mixing bowl the flour, baking soda and salt. Cut in the cold butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Lightly stir in banana puree to make a damp dough.

Turn out onto floured surface and roll or pat to 1 inch thick. Cut into 2 1/2 -inch circles with floured cutter. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake until golden, about 30 minutes.

Combine 2 1/2 cups cream and the brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 10 to 12 minutes. Do not scorch. Allow to cool about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, whip the rest of the cream and the granulated sugar together until soft peaks form.

To assemble, stir rum and banana liqueur into the warm sauce. Split the biscuits and place on individual plates. Top with banana slices; drizzle with sauce. Top with whipped cream.

Per serving: calories: 922; fat: 55 grams; cholesterol: 190 milligrams; percent calories from fat: 52 percent.

) Universal Press Syndicate

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