Banana fritters (beignets de banane)

Banana fritters (beignets de banane)

These banana fritters are quick and delicious with lashings of cinnamon sugar and a spritz of fresh lime.

TO DRINK: Try with a refreshing, limey cocktail like a mojito.

Recipe and styling by Leila Saffarian

Assisted by Nomvuselelo Mncube

Photograph by Graeme Wylie

Banana fritters (beignets de banane)

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 medium bananas
  • a squeeze of lime juice
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) rum
  • 60ml (¼ cup) castor sugar
  • 30g (2 tbsp) butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • icing sugar, to serve

Instructions

1

Peel the bananas, cut into halves lengthways and place in a bowl together with the lime juice and 30ml (2 tbsp) of rum. Sprinkle with 30ml (2 tbsp) castor sugar and soak for 15 minutes.

2

Melt the butter and cool. Mix the egg and milk in a jug and set aside.

3

Combine the flour and remaining castor sugar in a large bowl. Slowly add the egg mixture, mixing lightly. When combined, add the melted butter and mix to form a smooth batter.

4

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Dip the soaked banana in the batter and fry in batches until golden.

5

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Notes

A good quality store-bought vanilla bean or rum and raisin ice cream would be delicious served with the bananas.

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