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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Simple fried bananas with cinnamon and honey (Central and South American)

This delicious dessert is very fast and easy to make. Claimed by many world kitchens as being traditionally theirs, it most probably originated somewhere in Central and South America. This is the lighter version of the fried bananas, but lovely nonetheless. If you'd like, also try the fluffier and richer version. Best served with some unsweetened spice tea.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 4 bananas (as ripe as possible)
  • a few tablespoons of flour (about 20 g)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 4-5 spoons of butter 
  • some honey for topping

First peel your bananas and put them on a plate:

Put the flour and cinnamon in another plate:

Mix the flour and cinnamon as evenly as possible:

Cut the bananas in half and then again in half, as shown below:

Put two or three spoons of butter in a frying pan over a heat source:

Move the butter around the pan until it melts:

Put every piece of banana in the flour and cinnamon plate, pressing it into the powders on every side. If necessary, rub the mix on the fruit surface with your fingers, to make sure it coats it completely:

Every piece of fruit you coat with the mixing goes into the frying pan. Continue the same with the other pieces of fruit until there is no more space in the pan. Every piece of banana must be in direct contact with the pan's surface, you may not put them one on top of the other:

Continue to fry them until they catch a golden color. If they don't fry evenly press them down with a wooden spoon  or spatula to make sure they touch the pan's surface all over. When the pan becomes dry once in a while as the bananas absorb the butter make sure you put an extra spoon of butter in the pan and move it around to melt.

Turn around the banana pieces after a while to fry them all over. Continue until they reach a caramel color, as below:

Time to take them out now! If you have more banana pieces left to fry, repeat the procedure. When you're done, put them all on a serving plate and pour some good quality natural honey over them:

You're done! Dig in and enjoy.

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