This sweet whimsical Valentine’s table and Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode dessert is perfect for any intimate dinner party!

Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

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It’s just too cozy in our home to not stay home to dine with friends. I mean, I do love to eat out, but it’s much cozier around our table. There’s something about our conversation that seems a bit cozier, too, around our dinner table.

Throw open the doors!

On lovely sunny days, such as we had this past week, sometimes I just want to stay home and throw open the doors to let the sunshine in!

I did just that for a few hours last week. Even though there was a chill in the air, I opened the sliders and windows as a gentle breeze was coming in. The sunshine mixed with fresh air is sort of like a natural disinfectant.

Now if I could have only kept it that way as our friends came for dinner. Brrr … no open doors in January at 6 pm! (I love this quote, by the way!)

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. Thomas Jefferson

Set the table.

For table inspiration with flowers and design, I like to visit with my good friends Susie and Carol, who own a very cool shop in downtown Medford. This time we chatted about their new sweet line of whimsical wire Valentine fun!

Sweet Whimsical Valentine's Table with Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

I took a few puffy wire heart vases with a glass flower tube and set a lovely table.

Sweet Whimsical Valentine's Table with Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

A sweet hanging vase around the wine bottle.

Sweet Whimsical Valentine's Table with Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

Add the sunshine on top of the sweet hearts and flowers – I’d almost say that spring is here! But, not quite yet.

I snipped a few pink blossoms from an outside bush.

Two simple pink tulips and white candles. Peony line of dishes from Q Sauared NYC.

Sweet Whimsical Valentine's Table with Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

Sweet party favors for the guests.

Loved the softer color palate of pinks, grays, and white.

Sweet party favors – a different style heart for each guest.

Sweet Whimsical Valentine's Table with Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

And served this very sweet, simple dessert, adapted from Skinnytaste’s Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode, on vanilla ice cream, that only took a total of 15 minutes to make!

I love this recipe, because you can prepare it before the guests arrive.

Bananas Foster a la Mode

Place the topping on the bananas. Use a premium vanilla!

Cover with foil and set aside until right before serving dessert; place it in the oven for 10 minutes.

Serve it hot over vanilla ice cream.

A delicious, sweet Valentine’s Dessert!

Sweet Valentine’s Day Menu.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers with Pesto

Esther’s Kale Salad

Chicken Paprika Thighs

Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode {recipe below}

What’s your favorite 15-minute winter dessert to make for guests?

Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert
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Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode Dessert

Adapted from The Skinnytaste Cookbook, I doubled the recipe, added honey, and served on Vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 4 ripe medium bananas, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • T. dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 T. honey
  • 4 cups  vanilla ice cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Arrange the bananas in a 9×9-inch oven-safe pan and sprinkle the bananas with cinnamon and brown sugar. Drizzle with vanilla, and honey.
  • Cover with a piece of foil and bake for 10 minutes, or until bananas are soft.
  • To serve, spoon the bananas over individual servings of ice cream. Pour the remaining sauce over the bananas. Serve!
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This post is not sponsored, but my friends at Penny and LuLu provided the cute whimsical hearts for me to feature.

Baked Bananas Foster a la Mode