Wednesday, April 23, 2008

desperation is the mother of invention

There are certain occasions upon which you really, really don't want to be caught without any eggs in the fridge.

Example: almond chocolate matzo pudding on the menu, and a horde of ravenous mad hippie engineers expected at dinner.

And there are certain fruits you really, really don't want to contend with in large quantities when overripe.

Example: bananas.

Sometimes, the universe decides to have a laugh at your expense, and both events occur simultaneously.

During Passover. When banana bread is not a viable solution.

The people who say that necessity is the mother of invention? They have it wrong. Desperation is the mother of invention.

But sometimes you can defy all odds, and laugh at the universe instead.

(Sorry, no photos again. Things were a little hectic.)

Vegan Banana Matzo Fritters

(Serves one. Makes two fritters.)

Take one ripe banana (black spots, but not black all over) and mash it up in a bowl using your fingers until you have small chunks of banana in banana goo. Add one teaspoon of brown sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract, a sprinkling of nutmeg, and two tablespoons of whole wheat matzo meal. Mix well.

Dump a few more tablespoons of whole wheat matzo meal in another bowl. Take half the banana mixture and shape it into a round; roll it in the whole wheat matzo meal until lightly coated. Set aside. Repeat with the other half.

Heat a generous quantity of vegetable oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pan until it starts to sizzle. Gently place the fritters in the oil. Cook until the edges turn golden brown, then flip and cook until the other side turns a similar color. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot.


Jen Dockter said...

I actually will often use bananas as a substitution for eggs for vegan baking. Especially in the case where the eggs are there for binding (rather than levening). Works great in cookies, cakes and "cheese"cakes.

Julie said...

Hey, you're getting pretty good at this Passover dessert stuff!

adele said...

Jen - What do you use for the "cheese?"

Julie - I am slowly getting the hang of it. I still have to make that chocolate buttercrunch matzo, though. :)

Ann said...

Such a smart cookie, you are!

adele said...

Heh. Thank you.

Alex said...

om nom nom

Kim said...

I so wanted to see a picture of a matza fritter. You are sharp on your feet in the kitchen, I'm impressed.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Adele, I applaud your inventiveness in time of crisis! These sound delicious.

adele said...

Kim - If I make them again (perhaps with coconut?) I will be sure to have Alex on standby with a camera.

cakelaw - Thank you!

Jen Dockter said...

Adele: why, silken tofu faux cream cheese (tofutti makes it) of course!

Lisa Cornelius said...

You are quite the clever gal!

Alex said...

coconut... I whole-heartedly endorse this idea.