5 Jun 2012

Homemade Crepes with Bananas and Chocolate and Vanilla Ice-cream

In my life as an amateur chef I travel with my cooking through different countries; trying new recipes, exploring new flavours and playing with newly acquired toys. Now and again I fasten in a theme - and they run recurrently over and again! And this can happen for a reason! The reason is the crepe! I have been going through this phase lately - where I make crepes, pancakes and galettes over and over. And the reason for my fascination is simple - they are a delicious wonderful treat!

One time I had made too much crepe dough in the morning so I had some leftovers in the fridge. This being a Sunday afternoon - a time in the week - that just calls out for a little indulgent sweetness. This little treat came to mind while reminiscing about a trip to Paris early last summer. My wife and I went on this romantic trip, a long weekend, and wandered through the magical streets of the city of light, rolling from one restaurant to the next. One sunny afternoon we bought a crepe filled with chocolate and bananas - simple and sublime.

Homemade Crepes with Bananas and Chocolate and Vanilla Ice-cream

I made a simple batter; 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 egg, 2 tsp sugar and a cup of milk.

First add the dry ingredients, mix. Then the egg and follow with the milk - whisk together until you have the consistency of heavy cream. Warm your pancake pan. Add a small nob of butter. Add the pancake mixture, but make sure that you drain of all the excess so all that remains is a thin crepe.

When the pancake is fried and ready on one side, flip the pancake. Add a some grated chocolate, or in this case a few scoops of Nutella chocolate spread. Then the sliced bananas. Now fold the pancake and continue to cook until the crepe is ready - about one minute more.

The only thing that remains is to plate up and add a couple of scoops of vanilla ice-cream and maybe some mint (if you want to be really sophisticated).

This dish is supposed to eaten ferociously with the occasional grunts or moans of utter delight!

Bon appetit!

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