Gabriel lives with her family on the Island of Madeira, where a warm climate provides the perfect environment to enjoy the outdoor life.
I have a small banana plantation, which means I always have plenty of bananas on hand. They make a handy snack for kids, as there's no preparation other than peeling off the skin, and they also make for some very tasty desserts.
Bananas are a very healthy fruit. They are high in potassium and are a source of vitamins B6 and C, fibre and carbohydrates. They also contain manganese, which promotes healthy skin. They provide energy without cholesterol or fats.
Compared to most fruits, they have a lower water content and a higher sugar content; however, as a dessert, they are certainly healthier than a big slice of chocolate cake.
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- 8 small firm bananas
- 1 cup flour
- 2 fresh eggs, beaten
- 50 ml milk
- 1 teaspoon custard powder
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vegetable or sunflower oil
- vanilla ice cream
- golden syrup
- icing sugar
- Peel the bananas and cut them into three pieces length-wise. If you can't get small bananas, cut the larger bananas in half before slicing them into three pieces.
- In a bowl, mix the flour, beaten eggs, milk and custard powder. You want a thick, smooth batter.
- In a nonstick pan, melt the butter and the oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking.
- Dip the banana pieces into the batter and then into the pan.
- Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on each side till golden brown. Serve immediately.
Silver bananas are small, fat bananas. They are firm and sweet to taste, perfect for a dessert.
My daughter likes her fritters with golden syrup and chantilly cream. We like them with vanilla ice cream, chantilly cream and a sprinkle of icing sugar. We all enjoy fresh cream, but that is difficult to get here on the island. There are numerous other toppings and sides we also enjoy, some of which I have listed.
- Warm chocolate sauce with sprinkles
- Caramel sauce with a crushed crunchy bar (honeycomb is delightful)
- Banana ice cream and chocolate sprinkles
- Melted white chocolate buttons and crushed Maltesers
- Blitzed pistachio nuts and chantilly cream, if you like a little saltiness
- Toasted almonds and a drizzle of golden syrup
- A squeeze of lemon or lime and a sprinkle of sugar for a sweet and sour flavor
If you are having a little party, you could select a few different toppings and sides and let everyone make their own plate—always a fun thing to do.
© 2021 Gabriel Wilson