Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Banana Fritters


Phew!  It has been a day, let me tell you!  I worked until 4:30.  Picked up our CSA share.  Rushed home to take pictures of the haul and split it among it's recipients (we share our share with 2 other people).  And barely made it to my volleyball game at 6! 

Now it's nearly 9 and I still haven't finished today's post!  But don't you worry - I just couldn't resist sharing these fritters with you! 

Andy had a night class on Monday night and I was left bored and alone at home.  But I spotted some over-ripe bananas on the counter that begged to be used.  So perusing through one of my vintage cookbooks, I found the perfect fritter recipe that could satisfy my craving!


Ingredients:
Adapted from the 1947 edition of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book



3 over-ripe bananas
juice from 1 lemon
1 cup flour
1/2 traspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
vegetable oil, for frying
powdered sugar, optional

In a heavy-bottomed pan, add about an inch tall worth of vegetable oil.  Heat under medium high heat, until temperature is around 370 F.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, milk, butter.  Stir in the flour and salt until batter is just combined.

Peel bananas and push through a metal sieve to rid of seeds.  If you don't care about the seeds, you could just go right ahead and mash the bananas if you wanted.  Stir mashed bananas with the lemon juice and mix well.

Add the mashed bananas to the batter and mix well.

Working in batches, spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into the hot vegetable oil to make each fritter.  I did about 4 fritters per batch.  Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.

Top fritters with powdered sugar, if desired.


These were so good.  I could have taken the easy route and just sliced the bananas, dipped them in the batter, and fried them that way, but I didn't.  I love how the banana flavor is incorporated throughout the dough and it lends to a custard-like filling.  Andy came home that night and made work of a few of them too!

34 comments:

  1. I'm turning the computer away from my husband right now because if he sees these, he will point at them and proclaim, "What are those?! Let's make them, now!" They look absolutely blissful, and I'll bet the banana flavor is crazy-good!

    -Emily

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  2. looks wonderful we make a little different aren't they fabulous snacks

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  3. oh this looks so good, sounds like me often cook or bake when I get bored he he

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  4. Peggy, you are killing me!! I was planning on making cinnamon rolls this weekend, but now, I may have to add this to the list! Plus, hubby won't be here, so all this goodness for myself!! I'm going crazy :)

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  5. Wow!
    In Indonesia it's called "Fried Bananas" - its another way to cook it! I should try to make it :)
    Tq Peggy! ;)

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  6. Oh my! The boyfriend is going to be begging me to make these! Thanks for the recipe. :-)

    Old fashioned cookbooks sound fun..I should check some out.

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  7. I will keep the recipe for winter.....I would love to eat them during a snow day!!.....thanks for sharing!!.....Abrazotes, Marcela

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  8. Ohhh what a great recipe for banana fritters!!! They must be delicious!!!!

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  9. I loved when my mother made banana fritters. Yours look delicious!

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  10. Bella questa ricetta molto golosa :) ciao

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  11. My mom makes something like this all the time , it's just simple and delicious isn't it .

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  12. Hi Peggy,

    I also like to read and collect vintage cookbooks :). And what a treat for Andy to come home and find these delicious looking banana fritters (he's a spoiled man haha)....

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will add it to my "to do cookinglist"..:)

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  13. Banana Fritters! YUM! Who dislike this? Maybe someone who doesn't like banana...but I am sure everyone will be all over this dish if you serve this for us. Easy snack, and I should try this for my kids!

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  14. Custard-like filling-you got me! I need to go get some bananas. Thanks for sharing such a creative and delicious recipe! Buzz

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  15. Definitely a good alternative to the usual banana bread, as much as I love it.

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  16. They look delishious! Are they very sweet??

    /Birthe

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  17. Nice idea to make use of over ripe bananas, Yummy!

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  18. Bananas never get a chance to ripen in our house. My Itty Bitty could easily eat a bunch the day we bring them home from the store. These sound so delicious. I might have to hide a few bananas in order to make these. Yummy!

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  19. Really love this idea; tasty way to use up those ripe bananas.
    Rita

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  20. Delicious, something different to use up ripe bananas.

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  21. Delicious!! That is a great idea! All it needs is some chocolate syrup and we are in business! haha

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  22. I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

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  23. All of your food looks amazing! Came across your blog on foodbuzz & am your newest follower!!!
    - Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

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  24. I love fritters!!! I MUST try these..I've never had a banana fritter.

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  25. That powdered sugar is icing on the top!

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  26. Ohh banana fritter. I would make that when ever I had overrippen bananas.

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  27. Oh! How I love banana fritters! I could eat a whole plateful and more! They're quite a popular street food in some parts of India. Yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe! :)

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  28. Wow, these look delicious! I love vintage cookbooks, too! I have overripe bananas on a regular basis-will have make banana fritters instead of wasting them.

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  29. I adore anything with banana, and I love anything fried! So I guess you sold me on these.

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  30. These look delicious. Drizzle with some hot fudge and I am drooling to try them. Yum-O!

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  31. oooh yeah! How do I get a plate of these immediatly!

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