Maruya (banana fritter) is a popular food commonly eaten as a dessert or an afternoon merienda after school or after work. These fritters are a sure favorite among many Filipinos, young and old.
In reading this recipe, you’ll learn a way to make maruya at home without even cooking it. So you are sure to be able to satisfy your cravings without a fret.
Included here are a couple of trivia about maruya and some variations you could try for your maruya at home.
What is Maruya?
Maruya is a type of fritter unique in the Philippines. A fritter, known in many countries, is usually a portion of a particular ingredient which is battered or breaded, and is commonly fried.
In the case of the maruya, they are made out of battered saba bananas and are usually thinly sliced and deep fried. They are sprinkled with sugar afterwards, making it a delicious sweet treat loved by many Filipinos.
Since saba bananas are widely available all around the country, it quickly became a popular treat everywhere, given also its health benefits. And the fun thing about bananas–is it has a lot of variety! It can be served in a lot of different ways, your imagination is the limit.
With this, so did the popularity of this banana fritter grow. It is indeed common to have the maruya cooked. But for this recipe, we are going to learn how to have this yummy dessert, baked! A perfect way to spend afternoons–with a sweet and special dessert, without the oiliness.
How to make a Baked Maruya?
We’ve previously said here in the article that bananas in making maruya are sliced. But in this case, we are going to mash the saba bananas. Do take note that this is only optional. You can still opt for sliced bananas, but it is easier to bake the maruya mashed.
While preparing for the ingredients, be sure to preheat the oven to 175 C to keep things a little more efficient.
So the first step is to put the bananas into a bowl and mash them. In another large bowl, grab the flour, baking powder, some salt and some sugar, and mix them all.
Gradually, add the other ingredients to the mix–the egg, vanilla extract, evaporated milk, and finally, the saba bananas. Mix them until they are well blended.
Prepare the baking pans and grease them with oil or butter. Afterwards, slowly pour the mixture into the baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 to 50 minutes, or until the color of the maruya turns golden brown.
Remove the maruya from the oven and place in a container of choice, and allow to cool for a bit. As a topping, sprinkle sugar at the top to make things even more interesting. And as simple as that, you have your baked maruya!
Notes On Ingredients
It is important to keep an eye on the saba bananas, as it will largely differ when the bananas are ripe or not. If you are going to slice the bananas, make sure they are ripe and firm to avoid them from easily falling apart when baked.
It is recommended to use a chilled evaporated milk to make the maruya crispier.
For a quick reference about this recipe, see the recipe table below:
Baked Maruya Recipe
- 3 cups ripe saba bananas, (plantain)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, (depends on your taste)
- 1 pc egg
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Preheat your oven to 175 C.
- Mash ripe saba bananas in a bowl using a masher or fork.
- In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients.
- Grease your baking pans with oil or butter and pour-in the mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Transfer to a serving plate and enjoy!