Wednesday, April 22, 2020

[RECIPE] Banana Nutella Folded Pancakes Ala Crepe

A delicious dessert or breakfast recipe made indulgent with slices of banana and Nutella. This folded pancake recipe is inspired by French crepe paired in with banana filling, Nutella spread and rich Nutella drizzle.

I've been having fruits more often these past months and I've also been stocking on boxes of pancake mix. Pancakes craving always seem to come around every siesta and for my 3 o'clock snacks. This is a great chance to incorporate the fruits I have in my pancake recipes. But I wanted a slightly different texture for the pancake than the typically fluffy ones. This means that I have to adopt the style of crepe.

Folded pancakes ala crepe

Pancakes vs crepes

As much as I wanted it to be full-blown crepe, I just couldn't achieve that with a pre-mixed batter. It's impossible to remove the rising agent like baking soda from the pre-made batter.

Pancakes are essentially fluffier than crepes. To reduce the fluffiness and to make it closer to the consistency of crepe, more water is added to the mix. As a result, the batter becomes runnier and easier to spread thinly around the pan. Even though pancakes are fluffier and airy, they are also denser, making them impossible to be folded or rolled like crepes.

Macerating the bananas in brown sugar to remove the taste of phloem bundles

The bananas I used as a trial piece of folded pancake for this batch were not soaked in the brown sugar brine. I only decided to use this process because I can still taste the phloem bundles, those annoying fiber strings from the banana peel, in the first batch. Although the bananas I used were already ripe, the phloem bundles rubbed off the unripened taste on to the bananas. I decided to only add the brown sugar brine to fix this issue and make this batch of bananas more palatable for a dessert.

Macerating is a process of soaking fruits in liquid and sugar to soften it and release its juice, thus, improving the taste. Macerating the banana has actually improved its taste and made it perfect for Nutella.

banana nutella folded pancakes like crepe

Softening Nutella to a ganache

Nutella is not really that spreadable as I would want it. Forcibly spreading it on the delicately thin pancakes will tear the pancake apart. I only mixed all-purpose cream to make the Nutella ganache. Making a chocolate drip using a ganache will make the folded pancakes richer. The Nutella drizzles will make the dessert mouth-watering than it already is.

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Folded pancakes with indulgent filling of bananas and nutella syrup

  • 200 grams pancake mix
  • 1 whole eggs
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup water (for pancake mix)
  • 2 cups water (for banana soak)
  • 5 ripe bananas (peeled and sliced)
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp of nutella
  • 3 tbsp of all purpose cream
  1. Bananas: In a large bowl or deep container, mix 2 cups water and 4 tbsp of brown sugar. Mix well. Add sliced bananas. Soak and set aside.
  2. Pancake: In a bowl, combine pancake mix, oil, eggs, melted butter and 1 cup water until mixture becomes smooth and air bubbles disappear.
  3. Cooking Pancake: Heat pan in medium low. Brush surface with butter. Pour pancake batter and spread thinly on the pan in a circular motion. You can use crepe spreader if you have it or a spatula. If you can lift the edge of the pancake without sticking, the pancake is almost ready to be flipped on the other side. Wait for the cooked side to be browned and flip. Repeat browning process. Remove pancake from the pan and plate. Set aside. Repeat process until all pancake batter are cooked.
  4. Nutella ganache: In a small bowl, mix nutella and all purpose cream. Set aside.
  5. Folded pancake: Spread nutella from the jar evenly on to each pancakes. Create a triangular pocket by folding pancakes twice. Insert soaked bananas between the first and second flaps (the part with closed bottom) of the folded pancakes. Drizzle inside with nutella syrup. You may place it lying down on a plate or upward on a bowl like I did. It's easier to drizzle nutella syrup in an upward plating. Repeat until you create beautiful layers.
  6. Serve.

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