Doce de Banana
(Bananas in Syrup)

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.

Maria's Cookbook