So when I went grocery shopping, I found some cheap bananas at the commissary. I always buy them when they're on sale because whatever doesn't get eaten by the kids, will end up in banana bread or banana jam.
I decided to make something a little different this time, just to change it up a bit, so these banana beignets happened. I've had this recipe saved for a while, I think actually since the last time that I had bananas that needed using up.
The recipe is simple to follow, easy to make and well worth the time, which truth be told is not that much at all.
They are delicious on their own, or enjoyed with a cup of coffee.
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
Oil for deep-fat frying
1. In a small bowl, mix sugars and cinnamon until blended. In a large bowl, whisk the first five beignet ingredients. In another bowl, whisk egg, bananas, milk and 2 tablespoons oil until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
2. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. Drop tablespoonfuls of batter, a few at a time, into hot oil. Fry about 45-60 seconds on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Roll in sugar mixture while warm.
Yield: about 3 dozen.