Monday, August 9, 2010

Mini Banana Beignets

Once again I ran into the dilemma of what to do with my bananas once they start turning black and are overripe. Usually, I turn them into the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread (which I have shared with you previously before). Unfortunately, I had no chocolate chips in my pantry and not nuts either so I didn't know what I was going to do. So I started to do some research on what else I can do with old bananas. Well to my luck yesterday there was a recipe using bananas in the new issue of Food Network Magazine. I was so excited I couldn't wait to try it. I decided to make it this morning for breakfast. The recipe is pretty easy to follow, the only difficulty I had was frying them. The first ones came out a little doughy so I decided to cook them longer. I believe the reason for my problem is my fryer on heats to one setting and the recipe calls for the temperature to be at 375 degrees. So depending on how you fry them will depend on how long you should cook them. Otherwise I hope you enjoy them because we sure did.

Mini Banana Beignets

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying
11/2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup whole milk1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 overripe banana)
1/4 teaspoon banana extract (optional)

Heat about 2 inches vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F.
Meanwhile, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/3 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl.
Whisk the egg, milk, mashed banana and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in another bowl. Add the banana extract, if desired. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a shallow bowl and set aside.
Whisk the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just moistened. Working in batches, drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 15 seconds per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, then roll in the cinnamon sugar while still warm. Enjoy :)
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