Today is the day to talk about one of the most beloved fruits in the world, banana! In addition to being a delight, it can be used both green and ripe. Oh, and it suits almost every situation, doesn’t it?
First of all, it is important to understand that each banana ripeness point interferes with the flavor of the ingredient. While it is still green, for example, the fruit’s flavor is more neutral. Already when ripe, our palate clearly perceives freshness and fruity taste. And do you know when the bark becomes full of black dots? This is the ripening point at which the fruit’s flavor even reminds of honey and vanilla, it is so sweet.
Now, let’s go to the ingredients that go with our beloved banana 😉
For having a very fruity and almost citrus flavor, some banana candies ask for an ingredient that balances that intensity. That’s where vanilla comes in. Sweet and refreshing, vanilla is the best friend of every good confectioner. Here on the website, for example, we have two recipes that combine these two products: caramelized banana pave it’s the banana pudding cake!
Complementing the sweetness of the banana when it is very ripe and sweet, a creamy and full of flavor honey. It can be incorporated into cake and muffin recipes, such as also put in the pure and mashed banana – which is a practical and super tasty afternoon snack.
In this version of banana cupcake we also have a very interesting use of the products! The ganache topping takes honey to sweeten and harmonize perfectly with the dough.
I don’t even have to say a lot about banana with caramel, right? I imagine that most are used to delight in that traditional caramelized banana, which melts in the mouth and fills us with joy. To increase this combination, bet on a caramelized banana mousse served in a delicious cup of chocolate.
Another classic combination for the list! After all, it is practically impossible not to love desserts that include bananas and chocolate. The union of these two ingredients rarely goes wrong, so recipes like banana cake with nutella are infallible. For a better taste, use the banana when it is already ripe madura
Banana and dulce de leche is also a double. It is so good, but so good, that it yields this wonderfulness in the form of banana pie. Here, the point of ripening of the fruit is not so relevant, so use it as you prefer.
When the banana is more ripe, you will notice that the flavor will be even sweeter. In that case, do not think twice before combining the ingredient with cinnamon. THE inverted banana cake is a great example of good use of both ingredients, in which cinnamon is sprinkled over the bananas at the top of the dessert. Just imagining it made my mouth water!
Do you know when the banana is at the perfect point to be consumed? This is the ideal time to combine the fruit with cloves! The ripe banana has a delicious fruity flavor, completing the slightly sweet and spicy taste of the clove. A caramelized banana sweet is a good one, in addition to a very fluffy cake with just the right spices 😉
Some say that Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich was stuffed with peanut butter and banana. However, this combination doesn’t just appeal to the rock star! The two ingredients form delicious desserts, as in the case of peanut butter and banana tart. As the fruit is placed “raw” on top of the cream, the ripening point of the banana is up to you.
A not so common combination, but one that could not be left out either! Even though it is a controversial duo, the combination of bananas and coffee is very old. The traditional banoffee recipe, for example, had whipped cream flavored with coffee. Both ingredients have floral notes, making them harmonize very well. Who knew that information?
Because it is sweeter, bananas also combine very well with fruits that contrast its flavor – and raspberries are a great option. On warmer days, the two ingredients can form a very refreshing smoothie or a delicious popsicle.
Who already has a favorite combination?