Around the World in 18 Breakfasts: Jamaica

Fried bananas

Week 16: Fried bananas
This week’s creation – Jamaican fried bananas – wouldn’t exactly win the Heart Foundation’s tick of approval but it definitely got the thumbs up from Crackers and our little guest chefs. If you get the oil temperature just right, the banana goes all soft and oozy in the middle and the batter turns a lovely golden brown (it took us a few batches to find the balance). Mmmmm…

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What you will need:

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of baking soda
  • water (if needed, to create a cake batter-like consistency)
  • oil for frying (you will need 2cm of oil in the frypan plus you may need to top it up after a few batches)
  • paper towel
  • icing sugar, to decorate

1. Cut up bananas into 1-2cm pieces.
2. Sift together flour, sugar, salt and baking soda into a large mixing bowl. Gradually add egg, while stirring. Mixture should be the consistency of cake batter – if it’s too thick, add water until it reaches the right consistency. Add banana and mix to coat.
3. Heat oil in frying pan. Test the temperature with a little bit of the batter – if it sizzles, it’s ready.
4. Using a spoon, lift out the pieces of battered banana and place them into the oil in batches. Drain excess oil off using paper towel and top with sifted icing sugar.

making fried bananas

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This is the 16th of our ‘Around the World’ breakfasts. Each week we’ll be making something from a different country as part of our ‘Around the World in 18 Breakfasts’ series. Subscribe to our blog or follow us on Facebook or Pinterest to be part of the journey. Next stop: South Africa!

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