Saturday, October 15, 2016

Banana Nutella Crescent Rolls

Banana Nutella Crescent Rolls - made September 24, 2016 from The Food Charlatan
Ready for a super simple dessert? I don't even need to give you exact recipe measurements because you can play this one by ear according to your tastes. And for once, this even turned out like I expected it to (that doesn't always happen with "simple" desserts).

Whoever thought of this is a creative genius. You take crescent rolls, unroll them, put a spoonful of Nutella across the widest end of the crescent roll and put a short length of whole banana over the Nutella. You want the piece of banana to be long enough to almost run along the expanse of the wide part of the crescent roll but not so long that you can't enfold it inside the roll or else the Nutella might run out. Then roll up the crescent roll like you normally would and use the overhanging dough at the ends to fold into the roll, fully encasing the banana and Nutella.

If you use too much Nutella, this is where it would ooze out and make pinching the dough ends difficult. Forgive yourself and move on by rolling the whole thing in cinnamon sugar. Bake according to the package instructions on the crescent rolls until golden brown and puffy.
You don't want to serve this too hot or the banana will burn your tongue (ask me how I know). You also want to cook it long enough that the rolls themselves bake almost fully. Don't underbake the rolls or the inside dough will be mushy and you'll have enough mushy with the baked banana and Nutella. My pictures didn't turn out as nicely as the ones from the original blog so do be sure to click on the recipe title and see what a perfect version of the inside looks like. But still, regardless of the inside appearance below, this was sheer goodness and so simple and easy that my non-baking niece exclaimed, "Even I could make this!" Truth.
1 can crescent rolls (makes 8 rolls)
1/4 cup Nutella
2 ripe (but not overly ripe) bananas
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Open the can of crescent rolls and unroll.
  3. Spread 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of Nutella on the wide end of each roll.
  4. Cut each banana into 4 pieces. Place one at the wide end of each roll on top of Nutella,
  5. Roll the dough into crescent and seal around banana and Nutella completely.
  6. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. Roll each crescent roll in mixture. 
  7. Place roll on baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, until browned.
  8. Serve warm.

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