There are good problems to have, like a surplus of fruit for example. In our case, we have ripening saba bananas waiting to be enjoyed. Last week, I made minatamis na saging (sweetened banana in brown sugar syrup). This week, I decided to revisit a childhood favorite I haven’t had in over a decade.
I almost forgot about maruya, to be honest, when I was trying to think of recipes for our abundant saba supply. Good thing my boyfriend suggested it. Instantly, I was transported back to my younger days, happily snacking on this classic Filipino merienda.
Maruya is basically deep-fried banana fritters rolled in white sugar. The batter is pretty simple and easy to make, and if stored properly, can be used the following day.
Yield: 1 dozen medium-sized fritters
Total time: 45 minutes
- 8 pieces ripe saba bananas, peeled
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar for the batter
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar for rolling
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- cooking oil
- Mash the saba bananas until only slightly smooth. Small lumps are fine and will add a nice texture to the fritters later on.
- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Add in the wet ingredients: milk, egg, and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended.
- Finally, add the mashed bananas and mix carefully.
- Heat a pan with oil enough to cover the fritters, up to medium-high heat.
- Scoop some batter and gently add to the pan. Make sure to have enough space between fritters, so they don’t stick to each other during cooking.
- Fry each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden or toasted brown (up to your preference). Set aside to cool.
- Prepare the sugar by placing it on a small plate.
- Once cool enough, roll the fritters in the sugar.
- Serve and enjoy!
I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last had this. It was definitely a delight to bite into a soft and sweet maruya once again. This might just inspire me to look into other childhood treats I’ve been missing.