When planning a party whether is be a baby shower or a birthday celebration, the menu is one of the most important aspects to consider. Having a diversified option of desserts and finger foods is always a good idea. If you want to save money then you should try some of these baby shower food ideas on a budget.
Here you’ll find instructions to make a fried banana dessert also known as banana fritters. This is a typical Brazilian treat that is amazing and I’m sure your guests will love it. You can also use this dessert recipe with a variety of other fruits, but I believe that the best option is to use organically grown bananas. Try out this banana fritters recipe a few weeks before the celebration just to make sure it comes out perfect. That way you won’t have to worry about making it for the first time on the day of your event.
Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need:
• 2-3 large organic bananas
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
• 1 cup organic milk
• 1 tbs. organic butter
• 2 cups sugar
• Pinch of salt
• Cinnamon to taste (optional)
• Canola Oil
What you need to do:
The first thing you will want to do is heat some oil to approximately 350 F. I usually use canola oil because it’s healthier, but peanut oil will work as well. Just try not to use oil that has a strong flavor to it. Heat enough oil to cover your fried banana dessert, about 2-2 ½ cups, depending on the size of your pan.
Next, we will work with the dry ingredients. Sift your flour into a bowl. To said flour, add the baking powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon if you are using it. Combine it well. Now, since the dry ingredients are taken care of, it is time to show the wet ingredients some love. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and start adding all the wet ones. Beat it together; you will be looking for a consistency that’s similar to a pancake batter, maybe just a tad thicker.
In a separate bowl, peel (obviously) and mash bananas to add to the batter. If you would like, you can also chop them, whatever you prefer, but be warned, if you choose to mash them your fried banana dessert will be smoother (again, obviously). Now, add the bananas to your batter and mix. Note: Sometimes, I’ll add two eggs to this batter to make it heavier. If you wanted to do this, add about a half cup of flour to compensate. I usually leave the eggs out though, because I like how light this batter turns out without them.
To fry, grab a tablespoon and start dolloping the batter into the frying pan. Be careful not to over crowd the pan, because your oil will get cold, and your banana fritters will get all soggy and oily. Also, another thing to watch out for: Don’t make your oil too hot, because then your fried bananas will burn on the outside, and not cook all the way through. They are ready to be removed once they are golden brown on all sides. I usually start with two or three in the pot, and then take them out to see if they cooked all the way through. If they did, great, if not adjust your oil accordingly.
After frying, sprinkle cinnamon sugar over them while they are still hot. Let it cool just enough to not burn you, and enjoy. They are best served warm.
If you would like to find more recipes for your celebrations you might want to check out these fruit arrangements for baby shower, this strawberry banana blueberry smoothie recipe, and these healthy party food ideas.
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