Toffee Bananas

This is a classic Chinese dessert. Slices of Banana are covered with batter and then deep fried. They are then coated in caramel and as the caramel hardens, the slices become deliciously sweet and crisp! I first had these at a Chinese restaurant in my city. You will definately enjoy these and they are a great success especially if you have kids around. The hard outer sweet layer and the soft inside makes it even more tasty.
Here’s how to make these:

Vegetable oil for deep frying
3 Ripe Bananas sliced into bite size pieces
Batter :
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
Water 3/4 cup
Vanilla essence
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoon of water
Directions :
For the batter :
Sift the flour into a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and then add the water gradually. The batter should be a little bit on the  thicker side.
For the Fritters :
Dip the banana pieces into the batter and ensure that all the pieces are well coated.
Add the pieces one by one into the oil and fry until the pieces turn golden and float to the surface of the oil. Take the banana pieces out of the oil and drain on a paper towel.

For the toffee coating :

Heat a small wok or skillet over medium heat and add the sugar. Add about 2 tablespoons of water and keep stirring until all of the sugar is caramelized ( remove from heat when it turns to amber )Add the banana fritters to the hot caramel and coat well. Remove the toffee fritters from the pan and quickly dip them into a bowl of ice cold water and take them out after about 4-5 seconds. Place the toffee fritters onto a serving dish.

I sprinkled some crushed sugar crackers on top as I do not like the traditional way of adding sesame seeds while coating the fritters in caramel but you are free to add whatever you wish to. Serve these with a scoop of vanilla icecream and some spun sugar on top. This way it tastes even more heavenly! 

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