Bananas Foster with Dulce de Leche Filled Crescent Bread

Bananas Foster with Caramel Crescent Bread

Flaky crescent bread roll filled with creamy dulce de leche, topped with ice cream and a simple, warm Bananas Foster sauce.

1 can refrigerated crescent rolls or a seamless roll-out dough sheet
1 cup dulce de leche (caramelized 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large bananas, sliced lengthwise then into thirds (to make six pieces per banana)
Vanilla ice cream

1) Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.

Dulce de leche filled flaky crescent roll

Dulce de leche filled flaky crescent roll

2) Unroll the dough onto your cutting board.  If using perforated crescent roll dough, pinch together seams where the crescent rolls would normally be separated.  Spread evenly with prepared dulce de leche (see recipe below). Cut into 1 1/2 – inch strips. Starting at one end of the first strip, roll up to other end, then place cut side up in center of pie plate (like a cinnamon roll would look). Wrap second strip around center roll. Repeat with all strips to form one big spiral roll.  Note: This step can get a little “sticky”, but the results are worth the clean-up.

Caramel filled crescent roll and banana slices

Caramel filled crescent roll and banana slices

3) Bake 25 minutes. Cover lightly with aluminum foil.  Bake 15 – 20 minutes longer or until thoroughly baked in center.

Making of the sauce

Making of the sauce

4) In 10-inch skillet over medium heat, combine butter, brown sugar, water and vanilla.  Stir occasionally until the butter is melted. Add banana slices; cook and stir until tender.

Although this recipe omits the usual dark rum and banana liqueur, this sauce still has a traditional Bananas Foster taste.

Although this recipe omits the usual dark rum and banana liqueur additions, this sauce still has a decidedly “Bananas Foster” taste.

5) Remove pie pan with roll from the oven. Cool 5 minutes. Serve warm, topped with vanilla ice cream and the saucy bananas.

Caramel Crescent Bread with Bananas Foster Topping

Caramel Crescent Bread with Bananas Foster Topping

The banana sauce can be made and then reheated for serving, but only within about a half an hour of the bake time.  It must be made close to the serving time due to the banana content.  If you wish to store the base sauce longer, remove the bananas.  Sauce will retain a bit of a “banana-y” flavor.

See below for how to quickly prepare the Dulce de Leche from sweetened condensed milk.

Caramelized Milk (Dulce de Leche)

Microwave Preparation Instructions

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk


Note: Do not heat the milk in the can.

Pour 1 can (14 oz) of sweetened condensed milk into large microwave-safe bowl. Cook at 50% power for 4 minutes, stirring halfway through the heating time. Reduce the power to 30% and cook for 8 to 12 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until milk has thickened and is a light caramel color.

Note: Microwave ovens may vary.  Adjust timing accordingly.

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