This is one of my favorite Brazilian desserts!
5 large bananas, firm, just turning yellow
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 stick cinnamon
10 cloves, whole
In a heavy saucepan, dissolve sugar well in water. Peel and cut bananas in rounds, about 1 inch, and add to the pan. Add cinnamon and cloves. Cook for two hours in low heat, stirring occasionally. If necessary, add more water; don't let it dry out, you want to end up with a nice syrup. Bananas will turn a reddish color. Let cool and serve.