Minatamis na Saging

I might have woken up on the wrong side of the bed because I'm feeling not quite right. I'm having this quiet nagging feeling of sadness. As I worked on my computer, I made a quick glance on my kitchen counter and there I saw ripe saba bananas. They looked like they're flirting with me and showing off their fullness and sweetness. I stood up, took 3 among 8 saba bananas and decided these bananas might just be the quick solution to say goodbye to my sadness. My mind made a mental picture of Minatamis na Saging. I thought a sugar rush might just be what I need.

Minatamis na Saging is a very common Filipino dessert, a sister to another popular dessert saba con yelo where the base minatamis na saging is added with milk and crushed ice. To lonely moments such as right now, I usually add extra water and sugar to my Minatamis na Saging (like the picture above with the saba bananas swimming in caramel sauce) because... please don't judge me for what I am about to tell you right now... I will be adding some of the excess thin caramel sauce to a red wine and drink it. :)

For ordinary days however, especially if I'm making Minatamis na Saging for merienda, I only add just the right amount of water and sugar. I think you should try making Minatamis na Saging too because it's quick and easy to make and it's delicious. After I finished my two glasses of this heavenly dessert, I was back to my normal self again. :)

1. Peel 3 extra big saba bananas or 5 small ones. 

2. Slice in bite-size chunks.

3. Heat water then dissolve sugar and salt. Add in the vanilla extract.

4. Add the saba bananas and simmer till tender and sauce thickens about 10 to 12 minutes.

You would know if your minatamis sauce is already thick when you notice the bubbles are bigger and blows in slow motion. I'm kinda exaggerating the slow motion term but really, the bubbles will be your guide.

I usually lengthen time to 15 minutes because I prefer my Minatamis na Saging to be fully soaked with sugar, so shorten or lengthen time to cook the bananas according to your liking.

5. Let cool a bit and serve. Share to your friends .. or not.. :) You may also add crushed ice and evaporated milk to your Minatamis na Saging if you wish for saba con yelo for dessert. Enjoy!

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