Apple-Banana Fritters

 

Delectable banana-sesame fritters with over ripe bananas and sweet apples. Perfect for a snack anytime!

 

Happy 2017 peeps!!!!

Glad to be back after a long break or is it eternity in blogging world? I have a great excuse or may be two – My blog found a new home (WordPress to Amazon) and I had a fabulous vacation with my dear family in Kauai!!

This is my first time to Kauai and wondered why it took all these years to get there. Sharp mountain spires, cascading waterfalls, emerald greenery, was certainly a feast for the eyes. We were blessed to tour the island by air, water and land and not a moment was dull.

Though we did many activities to clutch the beauty, by far my favorite trip was to the local farmers market. No surprise there, huh?

Avocados as large as mangoes, countless types of bananas, honey-sweet papaya, ruby red rambutans, super ripe sugar apples…..I wanted to buy each and piece of fruit in the market. I restricted myself to the fruits, cause there is no point getting disappointed looking at the gorgeous veggies (if only our hotel room had a tiny kitchen).

Few of our days was well spent driving around in our red rental car and stopping at every overlook, not to miss even a single view of the gorgeousness! On one of such stops, there was lady selling fresh fruits, candied fruits/nuts, Chinese steamed buns with an array of fillings and other homemade treats. One that caught my eye was a small cylindrical deep fried pastry. Noticing me starring at those, the lady started offering some details- an apple banana (which is a locally grown smaller banana that is candy-sweet) wrapped in wonton wrapper and then deep fried until golden brown. Crisp outside and a super-sweet soft inside, was by far one of the most delicious 2-ingredient desserts that I have ever tasted.

Every mom can relate to the long list of chores that come after a great vacation- laundry, loads and loads of it. While I was hustling around with my baskets of clothes, I noticed a bunch of super-ripe bananas on the counter, that was faintly green when we left.  It didn’t take long for me to recollect the apple banana deep fried goodness and started having a hankering to make something deep fried with these. Hence these fritters – sweet from bananas and sugar, nutty from sesame seeds and chunks of sweet and tart apples, you won’t be able to stop with one.

This is a very simple and easy recipe with leftover bananas and would be a great after milk treat!

Let us get to the process….

—-whisk all dry and wet ingredients separately

—-fold them together along with chopped apples and deep fry until golden brown

—-roll in cinnamon sugar

 

Notes-

– sesame seeds are optional. But, it adds a lovely nutty note to the fritter

– to toast sesame, stir them in a small dry skillet over low-medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until crisp. Cool

-use very ripe bananas

-If you do not own a deep fry thermometer, then simply drop a small chunk of batter into the hot oil. If it comes up right away, then go ahead with the recipe

-Oil needs to be moderately hot. Any hotter will make the fritters to brown faster before it cooks all the way through

-If you would like reduce the sweetness, then skip the final step of rolling the fritters in cinnamon sugar

Apple-Banana Fritters

Ingredients:

vegetable oil, for deep frying

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons black sesame seeds, toasted (refer notes)

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

2 ripe large bananas, mashed well

1/4 cup packed golden brown sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 apple, cored and chopped into small dice

1/4 cup sugar

Preparation:

Add vegetable oil in a deep skillet or dutch oven until it comes to about 2-inches high up the sides of the pan. Heat over medium heat until it reaches 325 degrees or moderately hot. If you do not own a deep fry thermometer, then simply drop a small chunk of batter into the hot oil. If it comes up right away, then go ahead with the recipe.

Whisk together flour, sesame seeds, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.

In a seperate medium bowl, whisk eggs, mashed bananas, brown sugar and 2 tablepoons vegetable oil together. Gently stir into the flour mixture along with chopped apples until just combined (do not over mix).

Drop heaped tablespoons of batter into the hot oil ( about 8-9 at a time). An ice cream scoop works great, but if you do not own one, then just use 2 regular spoons to drop the batter ( shape might be not uniform but will have the same great taste). Fry until golden brown, 3-4 minutes (turning occasionally). Drain fritters on a paper towel lined plate.

Toss hot fritters in cinnamon sugar and serve.

Repeat with remaining batter.

To make cinnamon sugar, stir together 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl.

Makes about 28 fritters

 

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