Jun 14 2008
11:50 am

If you're looking for something a little different to serve for dessert at weekend get-togethers, try these easy-to make Fried Banana Pies.

• Get some large, firm, barely ripe bananas. Each banana will make four mini-pies. Barely ripe bananas will hold their texture better.

• Get some Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry dough. It comes in ready-to-use sheets in your grocery's freezer section. (I tried filo dough, but it's too fragile for me to work with. Your mileage may vary.)

• You'll also need some honey, and/or brown sugar if desired, powdered confectioner's sugar, and vegetable cooking oil.

1. Peel and slice bananas in half longways, and then in half again crossways.

2. Lay out a sheet of puff pastry dough. I roll it out a little thinner to make it go further and make the pies less doughy.

3. Cut a square of pastry dough slightly longer than a banana piece, and place the banana on it. Put a little honey on the banana, and/or sprinkle a little brown sugar if desired, roll it up so it looks like an eggroll, then pinch all the seams and ends together to seal it.

4. Fry in a skillet with 1/4" or so of medium-hot cooking oil. Fry on each side until the dough is done to a crispy golden brown.

5. Remove from skillet and use a paper towel to absorb excess oil. Sprinkle with powdered confectioner's sugar.

Serve hot, alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Yum!

Tamara Shepherd's picture

Banana Boats

Oooo! Sounds sublime, Randy!

Or, if you enjoy performing your culinary feats outdoors, too (it IS summertime), here's a tasty banana dessert to cook in the embers of the campfire:

1) Slice an unpeeled banana lengthwise. As you slice, cut through the entire thickness of the banana, but don't puncture the underneath side of the skin (you're going to cook it still inside its peel).
2) Placing one hand at each end of the banana, gently press inward, causing the banana's sides to bow into a rowboat-type shape.
3) Load up the boat! Dark chocolate chunks, white chocolate chips, coconut, raisins, walnuts (or any kind of nuts) are all great. Kids like a few marshmallows thrown in.
4) Wrap the Banana Boat in aluminum foil and place it in the campfire (or on a rack over the fire, if you happen to have one) for about 20 minutes, no turning necessary.

Remove the Banana Boat with tongs or a stick, of course, and use a spoon to eat it right out of the aluminum foil. Yummm!

(One friend we introduced to this recipe on a camping trip a couple of years back now wants Banana Boats with EVERY outdoor meal. Calls 'em "the Breakfast of Champions.")

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