Harriet’s Alter Ego was hands-down one of my favorite Brooklyn shops. I could walk through its colorful doors on any given day and browse the eclectic collection of handmade artisan pieces, or just have a one-on-one conversation on a lazy afternoon. Now that the store has closed, I can visit their site for daily inspiration. Thanks to a meetup at the IFB conference during New York fashion week, HAE proprietor Ngozi Odita put me on!
I caught wind of a recipe today that I just had to share (and make!) It’s a little Nigerian treat called Banana Fritters. Try it for yourself. Your mouth will thank you!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup milk
4 or 5 ripe bananas
vegetable oil for deep-frying
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
In large bowl, stir the flour and sugar together. With an electric mixer, beat in eggs one at a time. Slowly add the milk and mix until the batter is smooth and stretches like a ribbon.
Coarsely chop the bananas and place them in a bowl. with fork, mash the bananas into a smooth puree. Stir the puree into the batter and let the mixture rest for at least 30 minutes before frying.
Pour the oil into a deep saucepan to a depth of 2 to 3 inches and heat to 365 degrees (really important) Drop 2 tablespoons banana batter into the hot oil, deep-frying 2 or 3 fritter at a time leaving enough space so they can spread. Fry until golden brown, turning once with slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar ( my favorite part!) and serve warm.