This s**t is bananas

Posted: September 17, 2009 | Author: Alyssa | Filed under: Alyssa | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

I love bananas…sometimes.  Bananas are a food that I can go 2 years with out even thinking about, and then all of a sudden have a 2 week craving for them.  No idea what this strange phenomenon is, but hey…its better than craving doughnuts (although I tend to crave those too….)  For the past three days I have been eating about 2 bananas a day, so tonight I thought that I would change it up a little bit and use bananas in a new way.  I’m not sure what made me try frying them, probably a combined influence of Paula Deen and my deep seated love of butter and sugar.  Either way, it turned out completely different than I thought it would and it was freakin’ delish, so I’m happy :) .  Unfortunately my inner fat kid was so excited to eat it that I forgot to take pictures.  Stupid chubby kid in my head…always getting in the way.

Anyway, here is what I did, and I’m not sure if I will be able to recreate it, but I’m definitely going to try…


1 Banana cut into  round slices (about 1/2 inch thick, maybe a little thicker)

Brown sugar


Vanilla extract


I think this is how it went…

Melt butter in fry pan over medium-high(ish) heat.  While its melting, coat the banana slices in brown sugar.  Not a super thick layer, but more than just a sprinkle.  Put the slices into the pan and let them cook for a couple of minutes, until the sugar starts to caramelize.  Sprinkle some vanilla extract over them and then flip them.  Cook them on the other side for another couple of minutes.  Once the sugar is all melty and gooey, sprinkle the bananas with some cinnamon and toss them around in the pan to make sure they are totally coated, then remove them from the heat.

I’m sure there is a classy way to serve these, but I just dumped them in a bowl (at this point I was so excited to eat them that we are all lucky that I didn’t just eat them straight out of the pan).    The bananas got all gooey and delicious, and the sugar and cinnamon mix really well with the banana flavor…holy cannoli it was good.  Actually, because it was so good, I am SURE the next time I try this I will tank it, but hey! thats what cooking is all about.  Sometimes its amazing, sometimes its a flaming ball of tragedy…but thats how we get better :)

Sorry for the vague measurements, but everything is pretty much based on the flavors you like, so its hard to give specifics.  Happy frying!


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