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TOFFEE APPLES AND BANANAS


Ingredients:

    2   lg   Firm apples 
    2         Firm bananas   
  1/4   c    All-purpose flour   
  1/4   c    Cornstarch 
    1   lg     Egg 
    1   t     Sesame oil 
1 1/3   c    Oil, preferably peanut 
    2   ts     Sesame oil   
   3/4   c    Granulated sugar 
    2   tb      White sesame seeds, toasted 

Directions:

PEEL AND CORE THE APPLES and cut each into 8 large  wedges. Peel the bananas and cut them into 1 1/2-inch  chunks. Combine the flour, cornstarch, egg and 1  teaspoon of sesame oil in a small bowl. Mix them well  to form a smooth, very thick batter. Combine the  peanut oil and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil in a deep fat  fryer or wok and heat the mixture until it is  moderately hot. Put the fruit into the batter mixture. 

Then lift out several pieces of fruit at a time, using  a slotted spoon, and drain off any excess batter.  Deep-fry for about 2 minutes, until they are golden.  Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.  Repeat the process until you have deep-fried all the  fruit. Just before serving, prepare a bowl of ice  water filled with ice cubes. Reheat the oil over  moderate heat and deep-fry the fruit a second time for  about 2 minutes.

Drain again on paper towels. Put the  sugar, sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of oil from the  deep-frying oil into a pot. Heat the mixture until the  sugar melts and begins to caramelize. (Watch the heat  to prevent it from burning.) When the caramel is light  brown, add the fruit sections. Stir them gently in the  caramel syrup to coat them. Then take them out and put  them into the ice water to harden.

Do a few at a time  to prevent them from sticking together. Remove them  from the water and place on a serving platter. Serve  at once.

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