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Fried Bananas with Chocolate, Lavender Honey, and Five Spice


1/2 cup  good quality chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon  Chinese five-spice powder
Vegetable oil for frying
1 1/2 cup  all-purpose flour
3/4 cup  cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoon  baking powder
1 1/2 cup  seltzer water
4 bananas (cut in half on the diagonal)
1/4 cup  powdered sugar
Lavender honey for drizzling
Creme fraiche for garnish
Small chunk dark chocolate for garnish
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish


Stir the chocolate syrup and 5-spice powder together and set aside.  You can also use Tabasco.In a deep fryer or large heavy saute pan with deep sides, heat the oil to 375 degrees F.In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Add the seltzer water in a stream while whisking constantly.Dip the bananas in the batter to coat and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and sift the powdered sugar over the top immediately.Place 2 banana pieces on a serving plate and drizzle chocolate sauce over. Top with a drizzle of honey.

Top with a spoonful of creme fraiche. Grate chocolate over top. Garnish with a small sprig of mint.

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