SWEET PLANTAIN FRITTERS (for six)
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
½ cup water
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 very ripe (completely black) plantains
½ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
about 2 cups of vegetable oil for shallow frying
1. Whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Add water and egg and whisk until batter is smooth.
2. Peel plantains and cut on a slight diagonal into ½ inch pieces. Stir into batter to coat well.
3. Stir together sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
4. Heat ½ inch oil in a 10 inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Fry plantain slices in batches of 6 (don’t crowd them) until bottoms are golden, about 45 seconds. Turn and fry until the other sides are golden, 30 to 45 seconds more. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, then, while still warm, toss each batch in cinnamon sugar until coated and transfer to a plate. Serve fritters hot or warm.
from Ruth Reichl, Gourmet Today