Celebrating World Nutella Day

February 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Friday was World Nutella Day, and our apartment celebrated by making Nutella crepes topped with bananas! The recipe came from Mark Bittman and follows his minimalist approach. The best part is definitely filling the thin pancakes with whatever the hell you want. If you choose to go with a savory filling, just omit the sugar.

Sweet Crepes (from The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman)

1 cup flour
pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of melted better, plus a little more for cooking

Filling and Topping

Nutella, as much as you like!
1 sliced banana

Whisk all the ingredients for the crepes in a large bowl. Ideally, let the batter rest for at least an hour to 24 hours. I actually didn’t let it rest and the crepes turned out just fine.

Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add a ladle of batter and swirl the pan so it forms a very thin layer on the bottom of the pan. When the top of the crepe is dry, after about a minute, flip and cook on the other side for 15 to 30 seconds. Any longer and you’ll have a dried out crepe.

To fill:

Take a single crepe and smear thinly with Nutella. You may need to put the Nutella in the microwave for 30 seconds so it smears more easily. Fold crepe into quarters and place four folded crepes on a plate. Top with sliced bananas and drizzle with Nutella. Serve

Also, this past weekend, Mother Nature dumped a ton of snow on the D.C. area, which meant that I was stuck inside watching the Georgetown vs. Villanova game (103 to 90 baby!!), eating baked goods from Trader Joe’s, and catching up on coursework. In between, I got really homesick and decided to make scallion pancakes. When I started rolling out the last one, I remembered I had two cans of sweet red bean paste in the pantry and tried it in the last pancake.

At first it looked like a bad idea because the paste started leaking out of the pancake, but when I fried it, the red bean caramelized and make the outside even crispier than usual. And there were individual layers of red bean throughout. YUM! Homesickness cured.

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