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Chinese Toffee Banana

Vibha Bhutada
10 minutes
Prep Time
50 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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ABOUT Chinese Toffee Banana RECIPE

Toffee banana is a classic Chinese dessert. It is a very unique confection comprising of multiple surprising texture elements. Basically it is made as a fritter, but the process doesn't stop there. Applying the right combination of perfect timing, and correct temperature, banana slices are dipped in a flour batter, deep-fried, then coated in hot caramel, plunged into ice-cold water, which is retrieved without much waiting and then finally sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Hard
  • Dinner Party
  • Chinese
  • Simmering
  • Frying
  • Sauteeing
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. bananas 4, (large, ripe and firm)
  2. Black sesame seeds 1 tablespoon, toasted
  3. White sesame seeds 1 tablespoon, toasted
  4. Vegetable oil for deep frying
  5. For the batter:
  6. All purpose flour 3 tablespoons
  7. Corn flour 3 tablespoons
  8. Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon
  9. Vegetable oil 2 teaspoons
  10. Cold water as needed
  11. For the caramel:
  12. Granulated sugar 1 cup
  13. water 4 tablespoons
  14. Ice cold water (to quickly chill the toffees)
  15. To serve:
  16. Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. To start with, heat the vegetable oil in a wok for deep frying. Also cut the bananas diagonally into thick slices.
  2. To make the batter, in a mixing bowl add in the flours, baking powder and vegetable oil. Add cold water as required to make a thick batter.
  3. Using a bamboo skewer, dip each banana slice in the batter, coat it all over and deep fry all these pieces in batches until they are golden and crisp. Then drain on paper towels and keep them aside.
  4. To prepare the caramel, place the sugar and water in a medium, heavy-based saucepan. Cook on a low heat till the sugar caramelizes. Do not stir it. You can turn the pan to adjust the temperature.
  5. Cook the sugar till it becomes a light caramel. Heat for some more time if you desire a darker caramel, taking care not to char the sugar. Remove from the heat and work very quickly through the rest of the steps.
  6. Drop one banana fritter at a time into the hot caramel, coat it all over with a fork or spoon, then remove it immediately and drop them into a bowl of iced water so that the caramel hardens immediately.
  7. Take them out immediately and drain on a wire rack, then sprinkle black and white sesame seeds on top.
  8. Serve Toffee Banana as it is or with ice cream for a wholesome dessert.

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Komalasuri Komalasuri
Komalasuri Komalasuri   Nov-16-2016

Shiva Pande
Shiva Pande   Nov-16-2016

Such a brilliant image and an amazing recipe.

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