Monday, January 19, 2015

Toffee Banana

A delicious and simple dessert made with bananas. Yes, fried bananas wrapped in a golden coat of homemade toffee.
This dish may fall under the category of Medieval food joke. It looks like it's something not so vegan friendly but it's actually a dessert.

Yes, January is turning into a whole month of desserts.  Oh well, what a way to start the new year...

  • 1/2 cup self-raising Flour (for a homemade version mix: four, baking powder and salt) 
  • 1/4 cup Corn Starch
  • 90 ml cold Water
  • Vegetable Oil for deep frying
  • 2 ripe Bananas;  thickly sliced diagonally
  • 2/3 - 1 cup white Sugar
  • Sesame Seeds;  for garnish
  • a bowl of ice water

  • To make the batter, whisk together the self-raising flour and cornflour, then add the water and mix until smooth. Stir in 1 tsp of vegetable oil.
  • Fill frying pan or deep-fryer one-third full of vegetable oil and heat to 190°C. Toss the banana slices in the extra cornstarch to lightly coat them all around.  Using a skewer, dip each banana slice in the batter. Cook in the hot oil, in batches, until golden and crisp. 
  • Let the bananas then drain on paper towel.
  • Place the sugar in a frying pan over medium heat and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until a caramel forms. 
  • Remove the caramel from the heat, then working quickly and one at a time, add the fried banana to the caramel and turn to coat. Drop into a large bowl of iced water to "set" the caramel. Drain immediately, then sprinkle with white sesame seeds.  Serve with fresh fruit.

       Nina & Spencer

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