Originally published on June 4, 2010 by Kate Lawson

I'm not going to take up a lot of space this week with chitchat. The recipe is long and I want you to savor every bite. I found this recipe while doing research for burger recipes in a cool new book, "Burger Parties."

When I turned the page and saw the photo of this cake I almost fainted. I love bananas and this recipe adapted from the rich New Orleans dessert of flambéed bananas served with vanilla ice cream was created at the world-famous Brennan's restaurant in the French Quarter to honor a friend of the owner's. For decades it has been a favorite way for New Orleanians and visitors alike to end a hearty breakfast at the legendary restaurant and has been imitated everywhere.

Here the banana preparation is used to top an upside-down cake, another Southern classic.

Serve it at your next barbecue or if you're just feeling like you need a lift.

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