Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Recipe day

Ok... so today I don't feel all that inspired to write about life... but how about making it sweeter?
So here goes a recipe that I really like, very simple yet amazing.

This is a traditional Brazilian dish usually served as dessert (together with some paneer-like cheese called "queijo minas" for the region it originated from). Traditionally it would be cooked in big copper pots over the wood stove, in huge batches. Nowadays I eat is as a jam on bread (as "banana butter") and cook it when I buy too many bananas and then they ripen all at once.

4 large bananas
juice of 1 lime (or lemon)
1 tablespoon of sugar

Peel the bananas, break them into pieces (about 2-3cm) and put them into a bot (if it has a thick bottom, better). Add the lime juice and the sugar. Cook covered on the stove for about 10 minutes. Take the lid off and as the water evaporates, turn the mixture with a wooden spoon. By now the bananas will have fallen apart and all that's left is a paste. As the paste dries it will stick to the bottom of the pan, keep turning often (don't worry, if it burns a little it will just add some caramel color and taste to it). Once it is dark brown turn off the stove and let it sit to cool.
That's it!! Ready to enjoy!


  1. Excellent. I hate banana bread, and that's the traditional response to "my bananas are going too ripe!" in the US.

  2. Let me know when you try it out!