When I was little there was one thing I always used to look forward to when visiting my nanny… her amazing banana fritters. She didn’t make them all the time which meant on the odd occasion when she did decide to, they tasted even more delicious.
I remember watching the way she made them very carefully, counting how many bananas she used, how many spoonfuls of flour she added as I was determined to know the recipe off by heart so that I could enjoy these delicious treats when I was old enough to make them myself.
Well now I am and I have! I made some this morning just for nostalgia’s sake and they tasted just as good as I remembered. They took no time at all to make and are great to cook if you have over ripe bananas. I did twist my nan’s recipe slightly though by drizzling the fritters in honey and adding blueberries just because I could.
Looking at the pictures, some of you might be wondering aren’t they just pancakes? The answer is no my friend! No they are not. Fritters are slightly different. The consistency of the batter is more dense than pancake batter and when cooked they have a crispy, almost caramelised outer skin. Anyway here’s the recipe if you fancy giving them a go:
2 ripe bananas (the riper the better as you can use less sugar!)
2-3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 egg beaten
100 grams of plain flour
A pinch of baking powder
1 cap of vanilla extract
A splash of milk (add more if you want a thinner batter)
1. Crush the bananas in a bowl until they form a pulp
2.Add the sugar, vanilla, egg and milk the whisk until smothish (there will be some lumps from the banana of course)
3.Add the flour and baking power. Fold into the banana mixture until you have a batter which slowly drops off the spoon (if it is too thick, add more milk)
4.Heat a little oil in a frying pan and add two tablespoons of the batter. Quickly smooth it out into a circle before it sets. Leave to cook for 1 minute.
5. Flip the fritter over and leave to cook for another minute. Voilà banana fritters are served!
6.(Optional) Drizzle with a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup and add blueberries to garnish