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September 26, 2017

FRIED BANANAS WITH CINNAMON WHISKEY CREAM CHEESE DIP

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Lightly battered and deep fried bananas are always a delight. Served with cinnamon whiskey infused cream cheese dip, they are tasty little treats that will leave you wanting more. 

Fried Bananas with Fireball Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip
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What can I say about bananas? They are a staple at my house. They are one of the most versatile fruits there is. Among other things, they can be used to make banana-based ice cream, to add to smoothies, and to add to all sorts of baked goods. Of course, you can eat them straight up, which is what I usually do. 

As they say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away"! (Apple, banana...potāto, potäto)—You know what I mean, right?)
Based on my previous post and this current one, you might get the impression that I'm frying up a frenzy in my kitchen all the time. It's not true at all. I go for weeks and months without frying, but there are times when I want to splurge, I'll go all in! 

Fried Bananas with Fireball Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip

Lightly battered and fried bananas tops my list of the most delicious way to use the fruit. Cooking brings out all of its natural sugars. The combination of the velvety smooth banana and the light and crispy coating is a gustatory delight. Then to top it off with a cinnamon whiskey infused cream cheese dip....all I can say is I hit hard on the test samples!!



If you are serving the dip to anyone under the drinking age, use milk in place of the alcohol. I assure you, the dip is delicious without the whiskey.

Fried Bananas with Fireball Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip

When I worked on perfecting the batter, I used different combinations of flour. Plus, some batches were made with eggs while others were without. I found using 100% rice flour and no eggs produced the best result. The coating was the lightest and crispiest. It had great texture and chew. Additionally, using all rice flour yielded more consistent and reliable batter than ones with only all-purpose or a combination of all-purpose and rice flour. With a/p flour, there is a gluten factor...over-mixing produces gluten, which toughens the batter. Since this recipe has only rice flour, gluten is not a factor and over-mixing will not be disastrous.


Fried Bananas with Fireball Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip



Every time I make these little treats, I get two thumbs up from my gang. All my husband can say is, "I love fried bananas!" as he eats them. Plus, because rice flour is used, these tasty little morsels are something that my gluten free friends can also enjoy! (Note: most whiskey contain less than 20 ppm gluten content and are classified as gluten free, but it's your call to omit or substitute based on your gluten sensitivity.)

That's it for now friends! Have a great week! And happy fall everyone!!


Fried Bananas with Fireball Cinnamon Cream Cheese Dip





FRIED BANANAS WITH CINNAMON WHISKEY CREAM CHEESE DIP  




INGREDIENTS:

For the fried bananas:
3 large ripe bananas
1/2 cup rice flour
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cold club soda
large bowl of ice to keep batter cold
vegetable oil for deep frying

For the cream cheese dip:
4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 tbsp. cinnamon whiskey (I use Fireball) 
1/16 scant tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup powdered sugar


INSTRUCITONS:

Preheat a  9-inch frying pan with 1-inch of oil to 350 degrees F.

Peel and slice bananas at a 45 degree angle to create oblong slices that are about 1/4-inch thick. Set aside.

Combine rice flour, sugar, cinnamon, and club soda in wide bowl. Use a fork to gently blend until just combined. The batter should be able to run through the tines of a fork but thick enough to lightly coat a slice of banana (see Images A and B). If batter is too thin, add small amount of flour, if too thick, add a tiny splash of club soda. Place the bowl of batter over a larger bowl filled with ice to keep batter cold while working.

Rice flour batter running through tines of a fork.
Image A

Rice flour batter running through tines of a fork.
Image B
Place 6 to 7 banana slices into the batter. Coat banana with batter. Use a fork to lift slices. Gently drop each slice, one at a time, into oil. Fry until the batter is lightly golden, about 3 to 4 minutes, turning slices over halfway through. Adjust heat setting as necessary if banana cooks too quickly or too slowly. 

Transfer cooked slices onto a paper towel lined platter. Continue coating and frying the remaining bananas. Assemble the dip while banana slices cool slightly.

To make the dip, combine cream cheese, whiskey, cinnamon, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Mix until creamy smooth. 

Immediately serve fried bananas with dip. Makes about 30 pieces.



Recipe Notes:
  1. The carbonation in the club soda contributes to a light batter. If substituting water for club soda, add 3/4 teaspoons baking powder and a pinch of salt to 1/2 cup of rice flour.
  2. The batter should be loose enough to flow through the tines of a fork but thick enough to coat the bananas. If it thickens while you work, add a little splash of club soda to thin out.
  3. Use ripe bananas. Underripe ones will not fry up as sweet. If using underripe bananas increase sugar to 2 teaspoons.
  4. Use ice cold water in the batter. It also contributes to a crispy coating. Keep the batter bowl over ice while working to maintain temperature.
  5. Maintaining a constant oil temperature also helps produce a crispy coating. Do not overcrowd frying pan with bananas. Adjust heat setting if needed to maintain a constant temperature.
  6. Although whiskey is classified as gluten free, omit if you have severe gluten sensitivity. Substitute with milk.




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22 comments:

  1. How have I never eaten a deep fried banana? I must remedy that. They sound soooo good! And with that dip? Face plant.

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    1. "Knock! Knock!" That's me showing up at your front door with your first ever fresh batch of fried bananas with boozy dip, my friend! xx

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  2. love how light and crispy these look! i can imagine that vanilla could also be tasty in place of the whiskey (:

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    1. Vanilla rules, Heather! It can replace anything :)

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  3. OMG, these sound absolutely amazing! I love bananas and bet these would be perfect dipped in a little melted chocolate or peanut butter. Or both! (I'm not a whiskey lover)

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    1. Thanks Danielle! You can never go wrong with banana, peanut butter and/or chocolate as far as I'm concern!

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  4. These fried bananas and that cinnamon whiskey dipping sauce are so fantastic!! What a wonderful dessert and I love the lightness of rice flour. Delicious! Take care.

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    1. Thanks Stacey! To be honest, I wanted to slather the sauce over cake, which I plan to do soon!

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  5. These remind me of the Thai fried bananas I always order out in restaurants. Time to start making my own at home and will this heck yes cinnamon whisky cream cheese dip. I might have to put that dip on everything! Have a great weekend, my friend :)

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    1. Too bad those restaurant fried bananas don't come with cinnamon whisky cream cheese dip. Maybe they will let us do BYOB, or in this case BOYD (bring your own dip). Hee hee! You have a wonderful weekend too, girlfriend! 😊

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  6. These look amazing! I haven't had a fried banana in a long time. Great tip on using rice flour to get the batter to fry light and crispy. The dip sounds so delicious too. Wow! Whisky in cream cheese! :)

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    1. Thanks Marie! And that cream cheese needs to be eaten with a spoon (LOL)!

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  7. Hello Thao! These fried bananas look delicious and a great tip on using rice flour to get the batter crispy! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on our blog, and it's so nice to meet you!
    xo anna and liz

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    1. Thanks, Amanda and Liz. I'm glad I came across your wonderful blog with so many great recipes! It's a pleasure meeting you too! :)

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  8. Same here! Actually, right now is one of the rare times that I do NOT have bananas in my house.
    This looks amazing. What a combo! I would have never thought of this, but now I really want to try it!

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    1. Thanks Cathleen! I hope you try it, and I'm glad to hear that we are united on the banana front :)

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  9. Ooooh this sounds super delicious ��.I have used bananas in cooking and baking but have not deep fried it before. Definitely going to try this one. And the dip.... awesome!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Ashika! Deep fried bananas are luscious. I hope you try it! :)

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  10. Bananas are definitely a staple around our place too. We probably go through 2 a day - plus you're right - they're great for soooo many other things that I will sometimes buy 1 bunch for eating and 1 bunch for ripening! I just know my husband would loooove this - I will absolutely have to try it out!

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    1. Sounds like your husband is going to be a happy camper! 😀 Bananas are indispensable, aren't they? I'm actually picky when it comes eating whole bananas straight from the peel. I only like them a bit underripe, so I'm always trying to find ways to use up my ripe bananas. Deep frying them is my guilty pleasure!

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  11. OMG, this looks insanely delicious, girlfriend!!! I'm just drooling over that cinnamon whiskey cream cheese!!! I mean, WOW! Cheers!

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    1. I'm thinking I need a little cinnamon whiskey cheesecake in my life. That should be an easy tweak, right? I'll share! :)

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