It’s been an amazing winter. The folks are in town and we were in Shimla last week. It has been snowing in Shimla like crazy with temperatures going down to -10 degrees C. It was so cold we couldn’t think about anything else but sitting in front of the heater and drinking cups of tea all day long.
After we came back, the cold wave had hit Gurgaon too and we’ve experienced minimum temparatures of 1.5 degrees C too. Talk about a happy me! You know my obsession with winter and how I can’t have enough of it. It’s been all about me being glued to our heater and chatting or watching the telly. Speaking of which, was watching the telly yesterday, and came across a pretty cool asian dessert snack. It’s called Caramelized Sesame Banana Toffee and it looked so easy and so so appetizing I just knew I had to make it. And I did! You’re going to love it.
Caramelized Sesame Banana Toffee
Serves 4| Prep time: 10 min | Cooking Time: 20 min
Firm Ripe Bananas – 2, large
Double cream – 150 ml
Cornflour – 50 gms
Rice flour – 50 gms
Caster Sugar – 100 gms
Vegetable oil – for frying
Ice cubes or ice chips
Cut up the bananas into small bite sized pieces. In one bowl, take about 2-3 tablespoonfuls of cornflour. In a separate bowl, mix about 40 gms of cornflour with 50 gms of rice flour. Add a spoonful of vegetable oil. Add a little water to this to make a thick paste that can will cover the bananas up without running over.
Get the oil heating in a deep pan. Dip the banana pieces in the dry cornflour, make sure they are well coated. Now dip them into the wet mix till they are covered with the thick batter all over. Put them in the oil and fry till they are a very light golden. Set aside.
In another pan, get 2 nowls of caster sugar melting on a low flame. Do not use a spoon to make caramel, just swirl the melting sugar around. There are various types of caramel – make sure at no point do you get the flame high, that will simply give your caramel a burnt taste. It needs to be the perfect shade of golden, almost an amber colour. Have a bowl of ice water ready. When your caramel gets to an amber shade, dip your fried banana into it and immediately put it in your bowl of ice water.
You’ll see that the caramel hardens up almost instantly and there you have it my friends. Banana toffee! Place these babies in your serving bowl or plate and garnish with some lovely toasted sesame seeds.
If you want to make this a slightly more elegant affair, place these in pretty little individual serving bowls with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Welcome to heaven.