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Banana Fritters with Voatsiperyfery Sugar

Banana Fritters with Voatsiperyfery Sugar

Banana Fritters are an indulgent treat and the perfect flavor canvas for a sprinkle of voatsiperifery sugar. A wild, single origin pepper from the rainforest of Madagascar, voatsiperifery is aromatic and floral on the nose, with a robust pepper flavor on the palate. The scent is like walking in a piney rainforest full of jungle flowers. We crushed the peppercorns in a mortar and combined them with granulated sugar to make this flavorful sprinkling sugar. Sweet and peppery at the same time, this sugar compliments the Banana Fritters like nothing else could.

Inspired by Hawa Hassan's Mofo Akondro (Banana Fritters) from "Bibi's Kitchen" cookbook, this nut-free and grain free recipe comes together quickly and is suspiciously easy! Just dip the banana slices in the batter and pop them in a pot of hot oil. The splatter is worth the effort.

Crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside the flavors are all intensified in the frier and the pairing of banana + voatsiperyfery is heavenly. Serve along side fresh tropical fruit or with vanilla ice cream and enjoy the flavors of Madagascar.

Your purchase of voatsiperifery directly supports the conservation and restoration of the Malagasy rainforest via the Phoenix Conservancy. Their mission is to restore endangered ecosystems for the benefit of the communities that depend on them and for the conservation of biodiversity. In Madagascar, they are using voatsiperifery and other native species to develop a sustainable, locally-led agroforestry economy to empower rural communities, incentivize restoration of rainforest in perpetuity, and improve their living standards in the region.

Ingredients

For the Voatsiperifery Sugar:
For the Banana Fritters:
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cassava flour or all-purpose flour
  • 4 bananas, sliced at a bias, 1 inch thick
  • 2 cups neutral oil, for frying

Preparation

For the Voatsiperifery Sugar -
Crush the voatsiperifery in a mortar & pestle to a medium fine texture. Transfer the ground voatsiperifery to a small bowl, combine with the granulated sugar and set aside.

For the Banana Fritters -
Combine the warm water and yeast in a large bowl and stir until the yeast is dissolved. Let the mixture sit about 5 minutes, until it becomes frothy.

Add the sugar and cassava flour to the bowl and whisk until the batter is smooth. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes. The batter will appear slightly bubbly when it is ready.

Before frying the fritters, line a plate with paper towels and set aside. This will be the landing pad for your fritters to drain off oil before tossing them with the Voatsiperifery sugar.

Place a heavy bottomed pot on the stovetop and add at-least 1 inch worth of oil. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it reaches 375°F, or a drop of batter sizzles and floats when dropped in the oil.

To fry the fritters, dip each banana slice in the batter and allow the excess drip back into the bowl. Using a fork, gently place each fritter into the hot oil. Work in small batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pot. Frying too many fritters at the same time will cause them to stick together and the oil temperature may drop too low. Gently turn the fritters with a slotted spoon as they cook until golden brown all over, for about 4 minutes total. 

Carefully transfer the fritters to the prepared plate to drain, then toss them in the Voatsiperifery sugar.

Serve immediately, while hot.

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Banana Fritters with Voatsiperyfery Sugar

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Banana Fritters are an indulgent treat and the perfect flavor canvas for a sprinkle of voatsiperifery sugar. A wild, single origin pepper from the rainforest of Madagascar, voatsiperifery is aromatic and floral on the nose, with a robust pepper flavor on the palate. The scent is like walking in a piney rainforest full of jungle flowers. We crushed the peppercorns in a mortar and combined them with granulated sugar to make this flavorful sprinkling sugar. Sweet and peppery at the same time, this sugar compliments the Banana Fritters like nothing else could.

Inspired by Hawa Hassan's Mofo Akondro (Banana Fritters) from "Bibi's Kitchen" cookbook, this nut-free and grain free recipe comes together quickly and is suspiciously easy! Just dip the banana slices in the batter and pop them in a pot of hot oil. The splatter is worth the effort.

Crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside the flavors are all intensified in the frier and the pairing of banana + voatsiperyfery is heavenly. Serve along side fresh tropical fruit or with vanilla ice cream and enjoy the flavors of Madagascar.

Your purchase of voatsiperifery directly supports the conservation and restoration of the Malagasy rainforest via the Phoenix Conservancy. Their mission is to restore endangered ecosystems for the benefit of the communities that depend on them and for the conservation of biodiversity. In Madagascar, they are using voatsiperifery and other native species to develop a sustainable, locally-led agroforestry economy to empower rural communities, incentivize restoration of rainforest in perpetuity, and improve their living standards in the region.

Jamie Aragonez