Bananas make great desserts. Cooking with bananas is really simple and easy. The smell of cooked bananas sparks off immediate flow of saliva, and powerful enough to send your children running to you. Well, it happened to mine.
Banana desserts are very popular in Malaysia. Malaysia abounds in various types of bananas. They are cheap and taste real good. The best bananas are those that ripen on the tree. Bananas are good for health. So any desserts that include bananas are healthier desserts.
In Malaysia, banana leaves are widely used for wrapping food before cooking or used to serve food. The dark green colour is very pleasing to the eyes. Food wrapped in banana leaves and baked, grilled or roasted has a special fragrance that comes from the banana leaves.
Even the banana trunk is not spared. When we were young, we looked forward to bananas getting ripe and being chopped. It means that the whole banana tree has to be chopped down. All we want is the banana trunk. We would throw the trunk into the river and play banana boat. That was great FUN! Banana trunks are very fibrous and don’t sink and so they make great water toys for all the village children.
I always buy more bananas. Any unfinished bananas which become over-ripe will be turned into banana fritters, banana rolls or banana cake. At least it’s a healthier dessert. We even have banana porridge, another dessert of its own. Here’s the banana fritters recipe that I often make.
3 big ripe bananas (peel and mash)
2T sugar (more if you like it sweet)
3/4 C self-raising flour
1/2 C raisins, nuts or coconut.
Put everything into a bowl, mix it well. Scoop spoonfuls of the banana batter into hot oil and deep fry until cooked. Remove. Cool it first before you eat to avoid sore throat. Enjoy it with a cup of tea. They go very well together. Tastes fabulous! Or you can eat it with a big scoop of good quality vanilla ice-cream.
Hope you will give it a try and let me know. Keep learning, keep cooking and keep smiling. The more you cook, the better you become.
Thought of the day……
” It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”