Banana Beignets

As seen on 3B's....Baseball, Baking, & Books   Adapted from Food Network

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for frying*
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1 overripe banana)
  • 1/4 teaspoon banana extract (optional, but use it if you have it! :)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, optional topping for beignets
Directions:
  1. Heat about 2 inches vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. *
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/3 cup granulated sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk the egg, milk, mashed banana and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in another bowl. Add the banana extract, if desired. 
  4. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a shallow bowl and set aside.
  5. Whisk the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just moistened. 
  6. Working in batches, drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 15 seconds per side. 
  7. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels, and then roll in the cinnamon sugar while still warm. Or place in a brown paper bag, add some of the cinnamon sugar mixture or part of the powdered sugar, and then shake it up.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
*I used a Fry Daddy to fry my beignets. 
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