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Glut of over-ripe bananas

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PrettyCandles Thu 04-Aug-11 11:48:49

I have at least a dozen over-ripe bananas, too many for baking banana cakes. What can I do with them?

Can you make banana jam?

CherryDrops Thu 04-Aug-11 11:55:59

Peel them, chop into chunks and freeze them. You can then take them out to use for cakes when you want them or use them (frozen) to make smoothies (add to some fruit juice and frozen berries and blend) for a lovely summer treat.

colditz Thu 04-Aug-11 11:57:04

Freeze thwem

Bandwithering Thu 04-Aug-11 11:58:47

I make banana 'bread' except I make it like a cake, with butter, eggs and wholemeal flour. Then serve with lowfat philadelphia. REALLY nice, kids love it. I call it tea when I make it [lazy face, not cooking twice}

4merlyknownasSHD Thu 04-Aug-11 12:23:19

You CAN make banana jam here. It is an American recipe, but probably still OK.

Alternatively, Chutney.

4merlyknownasSHD Thu 04-Aug-11 12:23:50

You CAN make banana jam here. It is an American recipe, but probably still OK.

4merlyknownasSHD Thu 04-Aug-11 12:25:27


PrettyCandles Thu 04-Aug-11 15:51:18

Oooo I'm going to try the chutney! Thanks!

midnightexpress Thu 04-Aug-11 15:53:49

I've got a Marguerite Patten recipe for banana jam somewhere if you want it.

cherryboomboom Fri 05-Aug-11 11:26:43

bandwithering could I have the recipe for that please? The last banana bread I made was a disaster so a tried & tested recipe would be great!

PrettyCandles Fri 05-Aug-11 21:41:30

I made 4merlyknown's jam in the end, because I didn't have time to make the chutney.

It's more of a dairy-free bannoffee sauce than a jam. Smells heavenly and is very tasty, but really a bit too sweet for me.

A couple of clarifications of the recipe, in case anyone else wants to make it:

The bananas need to be completely pureed, mashed smooth with no lumps. I let it be lumpy, and the finished product looks awful (still tastes gorgeous, though grin)!

"stir until syrup thickens" I think they mean until the sugar begins to caramelise and make a toffee. Otherwise you end up with a slop that doesn't set at all (and still tastes gorgeous grin).

I used just over 1kg of bananas, peeled weight, and got 5.5 half-kilo jam jars of sauce.

I am definitely going to make that chutney at some point.

Littlepurpleprincess Sat 06-Aug-11 17:09:08

Hello. I made that jam this morning but it's really runny (more like banana juice!). Will it thicken up with time or am I stuck with it now?

PrettyCandles Sat 06-Aug-11 19:40:59

Dud you boil the first stage, without the bananas, until it caramelised and thickened?

lostlady Sat 06-Aug-11 19:43:50

Banana macaroon ice cream- mmm! Nigel slater does banana ice cream recipe: I add less sugar and chopped up macaroon bars. His may be online? from memory, just blend cream, golden caster sugar, overripe bananas, and macaroons. Maybe touch lemon juice??

Littlepurpleprincess Sun 07-Aug-11 09:55:41

I did PrettyCandles but I guess I didn't boil it long enough. I guess I'll call it banana sauce instead, I can get away with that!

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 07-Aug-11 19:20:35


Very simple but very yummy 'ice cream'. Freeze bananas. Then when you want to eat them, take out of freezer, obv, and leave for 15-20 mins. Blitz in a food processor then enjoy.

multipoodles Wed 10-Aug-11 13:10:52

Banana vegan ice cream. Peel the bananas and freeze them whole. With a food processor at the ready, and when you are ready to serve the ice cream, take the bananas from the freezer and break in half and add them to processor. At full speed blitz them until creamy, scrap out into bowls and eat immediatlely! Add cocoa to make banana & choc ice cream (still vegan). Only rules.. bananas must be frozen without skins, they must be blitzed at high speed in processor just prior to serving. Tastes delicious..

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