Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Going Bananas for Agua de Platano & Buñuelos de Platano

Bananas are one of my favorite fruits.  I always have bananas on hand.  And I usually end up with a few that get too over-ripe.  Thankfully, I have a few recipes that help me use up all of the bananas, because I really hate to throw food away.

The first recipe is my hubby's favorite Agua Fresca of ALL-TIME...Agua de Platano.  It's quick, easy and delicious!  And it's the perfect way to use up those overripe bananas sitting on the counter, especially when it's too hot to make banana bread.


Agua de Platano
(Banana Agua Fresca)

Ingredients:
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3-inch)
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

Directions:
Puree the bananas, cinnamon stick and 3 cups of the water in a blender until smooth.  Strain the puree into a 1-gallon pitcher.  Add the remaining water and sweetened condensed milk; stir until well combined.  (The sweetened condensed milk is all the sugar I need, but you can sweeten your Agua de Platano with white sugar if it's not sweet enough for you.)

Serve with or without ice.  Enjoy!!!


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Growing up, my Pappy loved to make Banana Fritters and I loved to eat them.  Pappy called them Buñuelos de Platano. 

Like me, my kiddies love Buñuelos de Platano.  I like to serve them with a variety of dipping sauces; chocolate, caramel, cajeta and even peanut butter that has been heated slightly.  Use whatever you have in your pantry.  Today, I used a small can of sweetened condensed milk.  (Hubby and the kiddies were thrilled!) 

Buñuelos de Platano

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Heat enough vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, to measure 1-inch.

Place 1/2 cup of the flour in a small bowl; set aside. 


In a medium bowl, combine the remaining flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.


Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract.  Whisk together until well combined.




Slice the bananas diagonally.


Coat the bananas lightly with flour.


Dip the flour coated bananas into the batter and carefully drop them into the hot oil.  Let cook until golden brown.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain excess oil.


Serve with your choice of dipping sauces.  Enjoy!!!



With Love,
Leslie Limon

12 comments:

  1. what kind of sauce could i eat those with? they look really good!

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  2. When I was little, I liked to dip my banana fritters in Chocolate syrup. Now that I'm older, I love dipping them in warmed creamy peanut butter. My kids love sweetened condensed milk and cajeta.

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  3. looks delicious! I will try to make that this week.

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  4. I love that Agua de Platano! I assume it literally means Water from Banana!!

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  5. I have no flour in my pantry but I have the bananas!! Don't you hate that? Gonna have to wait till this weekend when I go to the store.:(

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  6. Over ripe bananas also make a fast and easy ice cream. Toss the bananas, some sugar and cream or milk, blend up and freeze. I think you could just use your recipe for Agua de Platano and just process that in the machine too! I will try your recipe tonight!

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  7. Bananas are amazing :).

    Great recipes!

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  8. Oh my goodness these look good! Why have I never thought to fry bananas? They fry plantains all the time. WOuld be awesome with some vanilla ice cream and chocolate or caramel sauce!

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  9. Leslie, these were very good! Thank you for the recipe! My husband said they taste like funnel cakes!

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  10. I love bananas! So I did a search for banana agua fresca and ended up here on your blog. I love tossing a ripe banana in the blender with 4 or 5 ice cubes and some milk. Ahhh. Refreshing!

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  11. omg this agua fresca de platano reminded me of the ones me and my husband used to buy at rosarito baja california... they have a place were they sell aguas frescas and have lots of bananas hanging as decorations.. i really missed this since its been 4 years that i havent gone.. but now with this recipe i wont miss it anymore because i can make it myself.. and my son and daughter loved it...

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  12. i've never had agau de platano mmm sounds really good!

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