Contessa Banana Fritters

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If I had to pinpoint a go to comfort food it would be this simple fritter. What makes it extra special is using the local bananas we grow on island. They are the banana-iest bananas I’ve ever tasted! Our farmer friends gave us the tiny variety we call Bacoba they grew in the rainforest on their organic farm–Ridge to Reef. I swore I could taste the rain and the earth and the care that went into growing them. Delicious!! It’s that moment when you take a bite and your eyes close, and you sigh, and a smile stretches lazily across your face, before you say, “Wow. These tastes incredible!” I know you don’t have access to those specific bananas, if you’re off the Rock, but try to substitute regular ones and this recipe still tastes wonderful! Full of cinnamon and other warm Caribbean spices to make you have that same warm smile reaction!

Ingredients:

2 Ripe Bananas (the riper the better)

1/3 Cup Sugar

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Teaspoon Fresh Grated Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract

Two Large Eggs

3/4 Cups Milk

1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 1/2 Cups Flour

Enough Vegetable Oil for Frying

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Directions:

Mash the bananas to a puree like consistency, then add all the liquid ingredients (Eggs and milk),  then the flavorings (sugar, salt, nutmeg, vanilla, almond, and cinnamon)  and stir.

Sift the flour and baking powder together and stir to incorporate into the wet mixture.

Do not overmix as you will toughen the batter, mix just enough to ensure it is properly incorporated.

Heat a skillet with about an inch of vegetable oil and then carefully pour about a 1/4 cup of batter onto the pan.

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Fry until the fritter is cooked through and golden brown, and around the edges are crispy.

Place on napkins to drain. 

Tip: I always do a tester fritter. I fry just one taste it and see if I need to make any adjustments to the batter. Is it too thick, too thin, needs more sweetness. 

We usually eat these with fried fish. It is the perfect side to every thing or just by itself!! 

Enjoy!!! 

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