banana fritters
Banana Flambé Fritters
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Banana flambé fritters are delicious banana beignets from the Seychelles that are flambéed with rum.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Seychellois, Vegetarian
Servings: 50 fritters
Author: Vera Abitbol
  • 8 bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)
  • 1 cup rum
  1. Dissolve the yeast in 2 tablespoons of warm water, cover and let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor or in a large salad bowl, mix the flour, sugar and a pinch of salt. Pour the diluted yeast, vegetable oil, whole eggs, nutmeg and vanilla in the center. Mix well and gradually add ½ cup of water while continuing to mix until obtaining a homogeneous paste. Add a little water if necessary. Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour at room temperature, away from drafts.
  3. Cut the bananas in half lengthwise, then each half in 2 or 3 equally sized segments, depending on the size of the banana. Sprinkle them with lemon juice to flavor them so that they do not darken.
  4. Beat the egg white until firm and gently incorporate to the batter.
  5. Dip each piece of banana in the batter and fry in a large bath of hot oil until golden brown. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels.
  6. Arrange the fritters in a container that can withstand fire, for example a metal or earthenware plate.
  7. Heat the rum in a small saucepan or in the microwave, then pour over the banana fritters and set it on fire immediately.
  8. Serve as soon as the flames are extinguished.