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Caramelized bananas and Nutella crepes

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(Read caption) Warm crepes filled with caramelized bananas drizzled with Nutella make an easy summertime dessert (or breakfast!).

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I recently discovered a cafe near my house that serves both savory and dessert crepes. My niece and I tried them out a few weeks ago and loved their banana and chocolate crepes. It was a simple dessert but no less scrumptious for its simplicity. So of course I had to try making my own. For the filling I had already decided I wanted to caramelize the bananas first.  Which was easy enough to do: melt a little brown sugar with a bit of butter and add the bananas until they had softened but weren't too mushy.

I found the crepe recipe on marthastewart.com; it was simple and, with a blender, took mere seconds to make. You do have to plan slightly ahead since the crepe batter has to rest for at least 15 minutes before using. I'm not an expert on crepe making so I'm afraid mine weren't as thin as crepes were meant to be and it wasn't until I had already made a couple of crepes in a frying pan that I remembered I actually had a real crepe pan I could've used. 

I spooned the caramelized bananas in the middle of the crepe, folded it up, placed sliced (non-caramelized) bananas on top and covered the whole thing with dollops of Nutella, warmed slightly for easier pouring (dolloping?).  My homemade version didn't look at neatly professional as the one from Frodo Joe's Petit Cafe but it was delicious all the same. And, as summer heat kicks in, crepes are a good dessert option since you don't need to turn your oven on to make them and it's relatively a short amount of time at the stove to cook them. Bonus if you serve them with ice cream and fresh fruit.

Caramelized banana Nutella filling for crepes

1 large banana, sliced into rounds plus additional if desired

2 tablespoons butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

Nutella

1. Melt butter and brown sugar in a small skillet over low heat. Add banana slices of 1 banana and cook until banana is caramelized.

2. Add caramelized banana into middle of one crepe and fold into a square bundle. Turn over so the folded side is down. Add slices of fresh banana on top if desired. 

3. Warm up Nutella until it has pourable consistency and drizzle generously over crepe. Serve immediately.

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