Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wow, when did this become a cooking blog?
On today's menu, BoƱelos Aga'. You know it if you are from Guam, banana donuts!! Yum!
It took me a few tries to perfect it, but I think I got it now. I made a smaller than usual batch, but there are just two of us eating them.

3 ripe bananas (regular bananas)
1 cup of flour, plus half a cup just in case
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons sugar (more if you like a sweeter donut)
Powdered sugar or granulated sugar for dusting
Oil for frying

These are deep fried, so your pot can be small but deep. (I use a small pot and make about 4-5 donuts at a time in it)

1. Heat oil
2. Mash bananas
3. Add the flour, baking powder and half of the sugar. Mix well by hand.
4. Add remaining sugar and mix.

The texture should be like pancake batter. When the oil is hot, use a tablespoon to drop the batter into the oil. The donuts will rise to the top. Flip after 1 to 1.5 minutes to brown evenly. Remove from pan and place on paper towels.
I do not dust with sugar regularly so I have not perfected the timing for this. I am not sure if you should do it while it is still warm or once they have cooled. In theory, if you do it while they are warm the sugar could melt, so cooled would make more sense to me. You could always just keep a bowl of sugar beside the donuts and people can dip. Haha, that is the way I do it when I want extra sugar. I think that they are sweet enough without the extra sprinkle of sugar, though.

If the donuts just don't seem dark enough, by all means flip them again and allow for more browning. This recipe is the closest I can get to writing stuff down. I hope you can figure it out. Comment and I will help if you need it.

I know they look really wonky, but I decided to try putting the batter into a ziplock and using the bag as a pastry bag to drop the batter into the oil. I wouldn't suggest this method as the batter is a bit too thin to do it this way without making a mess. However, using a spoon to drop the batter will make a more round donut. I was happy with the texture of the donut so I didn't care too much about the shape. They still taste yummy even when they aren't round.