I've had this book for so long I can't remember when or how I got it, whether I bought it or whether it was a gift. It's also gone through 2 house moves with me, staying intact and nicely pristine in its plastic shrinkwrap the entire time. I finally broke open the shrinkwrap to thumb through its pages looking for a recipe to include in my baking challenge. Only then did I finally realize that 90% of the recipes are "too fancy" for me to use a lot. Not unless I throw a lot of uppity dinner parties, which is unlikely because neither my friends or I are all that uppity. I do have uppity taste buds but they can be satisfied more by how something tastes than how fancifully it's presented on a dessert plate. However, I did manage to find this recipe in with all the fancy. I love fried bananas and I liked the concept of using Panko crumbs instead of regular bread crumbs. Plus, honestly, anything deep-fried, eaten warm and served with ice cream? Can you really go wrong?
And yes, that was a rhetorical question because these were awesome. I love bananas in their wholesome healthy state and I love them fried. The coating batter was light and the panko crumbs gave these a really nice crunch. This is a super simple dessert to make for guests; these fry up in no time and should be served within minutes of frying. For added decadence, serve with a side of warm hot fudge sauce. It would be like taking an upscale version of a banana split to a whole new level.
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup cold water
4 bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
1. Heat oil to 350⁰F.