It’s carnival time in Haiti and I don’t know if I should be ashamed to say that I have yet to attend any carnival events over there. My parents were never a big fan of it.
So, the most that I would see would be from standing on my grandmother’s balcony watching the ” rara ” passing by in our neighborhood streets. ( You can click the word to have a visual idea of what I’m speaking of)
Fruit beignets are the most traditional recipes of Carnival deserts. Especially BANANA beignets. I think they’re far better than donuts to tell you the truth.
If you want to step outside of the Haitian customs , you can enjoy them with whipped cream and strawberries or any fruits of your choice!
I’ve never tried making beignets and at this present moment I’m trying to follow a strict healthy diet. So I’m staying away from anything fried. I can’t cook beignets just yet since everybody at home is watching their weight. (only vegetables and fruits in the fridge right now)
But to stay in the spirit of the carnival , I still decided to post the recipe (which is a combination of a given and researched one). It’s a slightly altered version of this one. Click here
So you guys can already guess that the above picture is not mine! Photograph by Andrew Mccaul
OK here it goes….
- 3 mashed overripe bananas
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 1tsp of vanilla essence
- 1/3 cup of sugar + another 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1tsp of cinnamon + 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 2 tbsps of vegetable oil (optional)
- 1/2 cup of evaporated milk (optional)
- Mix flour, baking powder, salt , 1 tsp of cinnamon and the 1/3 cup of sugar in a large bowl.
- Mix egg, milk, mashed banana, 2tbsp of vegetable oil and vanilla essence in another recipient
- Slowly add the mashed banana mixture to the dry ingredients one.
- Separate little portions and fry.
- Prepare remaining 1/2 cup cup of sugar + 1/4 tsp of cinnamon for dipping after frying.
…….aaaaand serve your appetizer!