Fairtrade bananas are a great cooking ingredient.
Ingredients 5 green (under ripe) Fairtrade bananas, peeled 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 onion, finely sliced 1 tbsp curry paste, such as tikka 400ml (14fl oz) can coconut milk Salt and freshly ground Fairtrade black pepper 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander to garnish
Method Slice the banana into 2.5cm (1 in) slices. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the banana slices, in batches, until lightly browned on each side. Set the fried bananas aside on a plate lined with kitchen paper. Add the onion to the pan and cook it for 10 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.
Return the banana slices to the pan and stir in the curry paste. Add half the coconut milk and stir well. Cook for 10 minutes over a low heat, then add the seasoning. Pour in the remaining coconut milk and let the mixture simmer until it thickens and the bananas break down a little. Garnish with coriander and serve immediately with cooked Fairtrade basmati rice.
Tip: You could also garnish this with wedges of Fairtrade lime.
By television chef Michael Barry. Makes one loaf.
Ingredients 225 g (8 oz) self-raising flour 100 g (4 oz) butter 150 g (5 oz) caster sugar 450 g (1 lb) Fairtrade bananas (the gooier the better) ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs 175 g (6 oz) mixed dried fruit
Method Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Peel and mash the bananas, and then mix all the ingredients except the dried fruit together. You can do this in a food processor, or by hand in a basin. When they’re all thoroughly mixed, add the dried fruit. Spoon the mixture into a 1 kg (2 lb) non-stick loaf tin, spread it out evenly and bake it for 1½ hours. The loaf is done when a skewer pushed into its middle comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.
Ingredients 175g Fairtrade sugar 175g margarine 225g self raising flour 100g porridge oats 2 medium Fairtrade bananas, mashed 25g Fairtrade sultanas (or similar) Caster sugar
Method Warm your oven to 200°C Cream the sugar and margarine together Cut in the flour and oats to make a crumbly mixture Sprinkle half into a baking tray (12 by 8 inch) and press down lightly Spread over the bananas and sprinkle the dried fruit Sprinkle the rest of the mixture over and again press down lightlyBake it for 25 to 30 mins until golden Sprinkle with caster sugar Wait until it cools (if you can) and cut into appropriately-sized chunks
Courtesy of Waitrose. Serves 4-6.
Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Equipment needed: Ovenproof dish or 6-8 ramekins, frying pan, mixing bowl, wooden spoon, teaspoon, tablespoon, scraper, saucepan, fish slice, chopping board and a knife.
Ingredients 200g pack soft cheese 50g light brown Fairtrade sugar 1 level tsp ground Fairtrade cinnamon 50g unsalted butter 6 large firm but ripe Fairtrade bananas 3 tbsp double cream
Method Preheat the oven to 180OC, gas mark 4. Cream the cheese, sugar and half the cinnamon together in a mixing bowl using a wooden spoon. Melt the butter over a low heat in the frying pan. Either slice the peeled bananas lengthways for the ovenproof dish or slice them thinly for individual ramekins. Add the cut bananas to the melted butter and fry gently until golden brown on both sides. Distribute the browned bananas evenly, either in a large shallow ovenproof dish or ramekins. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bananas. Drizzle the double cream over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon. Place the banana dish in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown. Serve immediately.
By Gary Rhodes. Serves 4.
Ingredients 300ml (10floz) sweet cider 100g (4oz) plain flour plus a little extra for coating 25g (1oz) Fairtrade caster sugar 4 Fairtrade bananas, peeled vegetable oil for deep frying
Bitter chocolate sauce ingredients 300g (10oz) Fairtrade bitter dark chocolate, chopped 150g (5oz) unsalted butter 75ml (3fl oz) double cream
Method To make the fritter batter, mix the cider, flour and sugar together. Cut each of the bananas horizontally into 4 lengths and lightly four each piece. Dip them in the batter and deep fry in hot oil for about 5 minutes until golden and crispy. Drain well. To make the sauce, place all of the ingredients together in a bowl over simmering water until the chocolate has completely melted. This sauce must be served warm. To serve, place the fritters on a plate and pour the chocolate sauce next to them. Alternatively serve the chocolate sauce separately and decorate the fritters with a sprig of mint.
Find out which shops stock Fairtrade bananas.
Campaign pack, briefing paper and web banners
T-shirts and inflatable bananas!
Ask your manager to stock them.Use the Stock it card.