Three ways to fancy up a simple banana

Mexican sweet fried bananas

Ingredients

Plantains , semi -ripe — 4

Sugar — 100 gms

Freshly sqeezed orange juice — 1/2 cup

Grated orange rind — 1 tbsp

Butter — 4 tbsp

Powdered sugar — 1/2 cup

Sour cream — 1/2 cup

Method

Slice the bananas horizontally and vertically into halves. Fry the bananas in hot, melted butter in a pan , until they are golden. In a bowl, mix the sugar, orange juice and orange rind and pour over the bananas. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Place the bananas in serving bowls. Mix the powdered sugar and sour cream and pour this over the bananas.

Banana bread

Ingredients

Ripe Bananas (chopped) — 2

Flour — 1 1/2 cups

Sugar — 1 cup

Melted butter — 100 gms

Soda bicarbonate — 1 tsp

Sour cream — 1/2 cup

Salt — 1/2 tsp

Eggs — 2 nos

Vanilla extract — 1 tsp

Walnuts — 1/2 cup

Method

Grease a 9" X 5" loaf tin. Preheat the oven at 175 degrees C / 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine the melted butter and the sugar. Add the eggs and the vanilla essence. Sift the flour with cooking soda and salt. Fold the flour into the batter. Finally, add the sour cream and the chopped walnuts. Fold in the chopped bananas. Stir well. Pour this into the prepared loaf tin. Spread the mixture evenly. Bake for one hour, or until the centre is cooked as is evidenced by a clean-of-crumbs toothpick inserted in the centre. Cool for 10 minutes before turning out.

Banana wrap

Ingredients

Banana — 1 small and ripe, peeled

Flour tortilla — 1 (eight inches)

Peanut butter — 3 tbsp

Grape jelly — 2-3 tbsp

Method

Keep the tortilla on a paper towel. Microwave on high for 10-20 seconds , until the tortilla is soft and slightly hot. Apply a layer of peanut butter, add a layer of grape jelly. Place the banana near the right edge of the tortilla. Fold up to the bottom fourth. Bring the right edge over the tortilla and roll up. Serve hot!

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