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to do with an overripe banana
by Yee-Fan Sun |
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These tasty little treats are sort of like homemade Munchkins, only
better. They make a nice addition to a big brunch spread, and can work
well as a dessert too.
1 very ripe banana, mashed
1 Tbsp. plain yogurt
1-1/2 tsps. cooking oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ Tbsps. sugar (you can up this to 2 Tbsps. if your banana isn't
pinch of salt
vegetable oil for deep-frying
confectioners' sugar for dusting the fritters
about 18 fritters
1 Sift flour, baking powder,
sugar, and a pinch of salt. In another bowl combine the banana, yogurt,
and egg. Add the flour mixture and stir it all up until well combined.
2 In a deep fryer or a
heavy-bottomed pot with high sides (I like to use my wok, actually),
heat 1-1/2 inches or so of oil until a drop of batter sizzles when it's
dripped in. Working in batches of a few at a time, drop the batter by
the teaspoonful into the oil. Don't make the fritters too big, as they
won't cook through properly, and don't worry if your drops look a little
lumpy-bumpy; they'll look fine once they're cooked, and the fact that
they'll be less than perfectly round is part of their homemade charm.
3 Fry for a couple of minutes,
turning them over midway through, until nicely browned all over. Use a
slotted spoon to transfer to paper towels to drain. Cut a large fritter
open to make sure the inside's cooked; if it's not but the outside is
already really brown, your heat is too high and should be lowered a
smidge for the remaining batches (undercooked fritters can be tossed
back into the oil to cook for a hair longer).
4 Transfer the fritters to a
clean plate. Using a fine mesh strainer or a proper sifter, sift
confectioner's sugar on top and serve.
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