My son was very good at leaving the last two bananas of the bunch on the kitchen counter to ripen up enough so I could make banana bread for him. He loves bananas and anything that tastes banana-ish and I love to (pretend) be the chef in my kitchen, creating wonders of the palate to delight and excite any taste bud around.
Yea, R-I-G-H-T! I'm lucky if I don't set off all the smoke alarms in the house when I get permission to use the kitchen. Heh, heh.
Well, the day I decided it was time to use the bananas or throw them away (the latter being my personal preference) I asked my son if he'd prefer banana bread or banana muffins. I realize this question seems trite but you never know, especially for a lover of all things banana, there could be a very good reason why one would be better than the other. So after several minutes of deep thought my son decided upon muffins - either way didn't matter to me but apparently I was right to ask his preference...it did matter to him to have muffins rather than bread.
Ok, getting to the point of this post... The ancient Betty Crocker Cook Book I have (the one my mother probably got as a shower gift before she and Dad were married, must be about 60 years old?) only has a recipe for banana bread, not muffins. No biggie, I'll just wing it, make the batter for bread and pour the stuff into muffin cups. No biggie at all.
After almost over-filling the muffin cups with my abundance of banana bread batter, I saw I had way too much left over batter to "lick the spoon" and scrape the bowl (I know this is probably gross to you but I love all things batter/dough, uncooked YUM), so my secret inner chef got a brilliant idea...
I poured about an 1 1/2" of oil into a frying pan and got it pretty darn hot.
I carefully plopped tablespoonfuls of the batter into the hot oil.
(A couple times I splattered myself with hot oil so if you try this I strongly suggest you use one of those wire mesh spoons like the one you get with a fry daddy)
It only took about a minute on each side before each little fry banana dumpling was browned.
After carefully removing the fried banana breads from the oil I put them on paper towels to drain excess oil.
I sprinkled them with powdered sugar just because I figured that's what those chefs on cable t.v. would have done, lol, and Ta Da!...
Anyway, like the title of this post says, the verdict is still out. We're not quite sure what we think about fried banana bread. What do you think? Have you ever tried it? Would you?
Maybe the pilgrim in the photo is praying over the fried banana bread for a reason, lol.