Caribbean Banana Fritters (pancakes)

Continuing my pancake obsession I found this recipe for Caribbean Banana Fritters.  I just had to make them.  They are pancakes… I have no choice!

I must admit I didn’t fry them in the inch of oil suggested.  I just added a little to the bottom of my pan and they came out perfectly.

You do need to watch them carefully as they can go from not yet brown to black in seeming seconds.   I discovered that the hard way.  Though the black one still tasted good… I had to test it.  I was raised with a Dad who liked his toast burnt.  So maybe a slight charring preference is in my genes…

The golden ones were really light and fluffy and the banana flavour was very strong, which was great.  I drizzled some maple syrup (I live in Canada now, maple syrup goes with everything!) and some banana slices on top, though the extra banana really wasn’t needed.  It just looked pretty!

Caribbean Banana Fritters

Caribbean Banana Fritters – pancake equivalent

(This recipe yields 4 servings)

• 2 very ripe bananas
• 2 large eggs – lightly beaten
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/8 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
• canola or vegetable oil for frying

In a medium bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Mix until well combined.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just mixed and moistened.

In a deep, heavy skillet, heat 1 inch of oil to 375 degrees.

Carefully, dollop batter in heaping Tablespoon portions into the hot oil.

Fry until golden brown on the bottom – about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, gently flip the fritters and fry other side to golden brown – about 1 more minute.

Transfer cooked fritters to stacked paper towels.

A 10-inch skillet will fit about 6 fritters per batch.

Be sure to monitor the oil temperature between batches. If the temperature goes over 400 or under 350, take the time to adjust the heat.

Makes about 16 fritters.

Serve warm… alone, dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with maple syrup.

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