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Friday, February 18, 2011

The perfect fluffy fried bananas

We already made the simple and light version of the fried bananas (with cinnamon) at the start of our blogging adventure. And we also promised we'd do the fluffy version eventually and this is it. The point was to recreate the fluffiness of the fried bananas made by the Wu Xing restaurant in Bucharest, and I believed we reached that stage and went over it towards perfection :). 
The bananas are vanilla-flavored, semi-sweet and topped with golden liquid honey. Quite basic, can be improved by lots of combinations of ground nuts, fruit, spices etc. 
If you seek to make your fried bananas fluffy, seek no more. I know "the perfect" seems a bit grand, especially for a basic and quite classic dish found in many kitchens, but just give it a go and you'll see. After triangulating other recipes found, comparing and over-analyzing, this is the stuff. This is it :)

Ingredients (makes 10 pieces, serves 2):
  • 5 ripe bananas, peeled and halved
  • 1 cup of flour (120 g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 80 ml milk
  • 1 large tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package of vanilla powder sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • some sunflower oil (or butter) for frying
  • honey for serving
Mix all the ingredients except bananas, oil and honey into a batter and have your bananas ready. Pour oil in a pan and heat it (deep-frying would also work great):

Coat every piece of banana with the fluid batter before frying it for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden. The thicker the layer of batter, the fluffier the result :) :

Careful to give each piece enough space to avoid sticking. After all are done, arrange on plates and drizzle with honey. Dig in while warm :)

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