Baked Cinnamon Bananas with Strawberry Sauce
Why is it perfect, you ask?
OK, you didn't really ask. But humor me.
1. Spring is coming, so strawberries are starting to show up at the grocery store.
2. Yet it's still chilly enough outside that making an oven-baked dessert is not a bad warm-up strategy.
3. You can use any frozen strawberries you happen to have if the fresh ones haven't yet appeared in your part of the world.
4. Bathing suit season is not far off. And certain people have perhaps over-indulged in the baking department this winter.
Sorry, bathroom scale.
BAKED BANANAS WITH STRAWBERRY SAUCE
2 firm bananas
1 t. lemon juice
cinnamon, to sprinkle
2 c. strawberries, sliced
2-4 t. sugar, to taste
1/2 t. vanilla
Preheat oven to 375. Peel bananas and slice lengthwise. Put on parchment-covered baking sheet (or non-stick baking sheet). Brush lemon juice on cut sides of bananas. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, make the sauce: put sliced strawberries in bowl with sugar and vanilla. (If you're using frozen whole berries, you can just smush 'em up a bit with a pastry blender at this point.) Put about half a cup of strawberry mixture in blender and whirl them around, then add back to the rest of the sliced berries. When bananas come out of the oven, top with sauce.
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