TO DRINK: Buitenverwachting Natural Sweet Muscat de Frontignan 2007, with notes of apricot, orange peel and rose.
Banana cigars with orange ginger syrup
- ORANGE GINGER SYRUP
- 200g (1 cup) brown sugar
- 125ml (½ cup) orange juice
- 30ml (2 tbsp) fresh ginger, finely chopped
- zest of 1 orange
- BANANA CIGARS
- 2 sheets phyllo pastry
- 6 bananas, sliced
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten, for brushing
- 15ml (1 tbsp) ground cinnamon
- oil, for deep-frying
To make the syrup, boil all the ingredients together in a saucepan until thickened.
Cut the pastry into 15cm x 15cm squares. Place 2 or 3 banana slices in the corner of each square and roll up in a cigar shape, tucking in the corners. Lightly brush the edges of the pastry with egg to seal and sprinkle with the cinnamon.
Deep-fry the cigars in batches until golden brown, drain on paper towel and serve with the syrup.