As is often the case, I came up with an idea for something new by trying to do something else. In this case, I was looking for a way to use several pounds of over-ripe bananas from my weekly CSA deliveries.
So, off I went searching and found a yummy-sounding recipe for "Banana Bars" on Balancing Beauty & Bedlam.
The moist, cake-y banana bars turned out to be a delicious way to use up all those mushy, brown bananas. But the recipe made a HUGE amount. and I soon found myself looking for a way to use up several uneaten servings of banana bars! (Granny doesn't waste anything.) And that's when I came up with the idea for FRUITONS -- sweet croutons made specifically for fruit salad.
First I cut the banana cake into 1/2 inch strips. Next I cut the strips into cubes and baked them at 250 degrees Farenheit for an hour and a half until the cake cubes were toasted brown and crispy.
Add the fruit salad: I used what I had on hand, which was strawberries, pears and kiwi. Toss in some fruitons, and suddenly a simple fruit salad is elevated to a tasty, yet healthy dessert.
Imagine the possibilities... Chocolate fruitons? Pound cake fruitons? Spice cake fruitons? Fruit cake fruitons? (Okay, that last one is probably going a bit too far, but you get the idea.)
Do try this at home!