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Banana Struedel

Merry Christmas everybody! Whether you celebrate or not I hope you are spending the day relaxing with family and friends. I can think of no better way to do this than to eat great food all day. Like Thanksgiving there are no rules today so make sure to do whatever you can to capitalize on this before Boxing Day guilt kicks in. Odds are you already have some idea of what you’re going to eat today. For those of you that don’t I highly recommend trying this banana struedel. All you need are some bananas, phyllo pastry, a working oven, and an hour of your time. I guarantee you’ll have something sweet and relatively guilt free to enjoy with whoever you’re spending your Christmas with.

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Take phyllo pastry, lay flat, and lighty brush with melted butter.

3. Peel and half bananas (the number you use is up to you).

4. Cut phyllo into squares large enough to wrap each banana half individually.

5. Place 1 banana half on each square.

6. Sprinkle sugar or a sweetener of your choosing on top of the banana.

(This time I used a mixture of cinnamon, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar but feel free to get creative here).

7. Wrap each banana, lay on pan, and brush lightly with melted butter.

8. Place in oven and bake until the phyllo is crispy and golden brown.

(Make sure to keep an eye on this as overcooking will easily lead to banana mush).

9. Remove from oven and serve either alone or with whipped or ice cream.

(Feel free to sprinkle additional sugar overtop if you see fit).

To dress this pastry up I added whipped cream, mixed berry jam, and fresh mint. I had a great time baking and eating a bunch of these tasty pastries. If you have bananas you need to use up and phyllo that’s starting to get old this is definitely something to consider doing with them. Whether or not you bake this today or some time in the new year I wish all of you a safe and merry Christmas.

 
 
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  1. Dessert Yorkshire Pudding

    A friend of mine was turning his leftover yorkshire pudding into dessert and asked me if I wanted to help him make them. The results were a really delicious dessert yorkshire pudding that I ended up eating around four of. If you have some leftover and want to make something fun and simple for dessert I recommend trying his recipe below. Whether or not you choose to eat four of them afterwards is up to you.

    1. For each Yorkshire Pudding place 1 tbsp of jam/compote/fruit filling into a bowl.

    2. Slowly add/stir in granulated sugar until the jam becomes slightly crunchy

    3. Prepare 250 mL of whipping cream.

    4. Fill each Yorkshire Pudding with whipping cream until full (either pipe or scoop in).

    5. Top with fruit jam.

    6. Coverer with powdered sugar

    7. Refrigerate

    8. Serve alone or with ice cream.

    Any fruit you can think of should work well on top of these. If I do this again I’ll probably use pear, mango, or passionfruit. I also think cocoa powder might work well in place of the powdered sugar. If I do ever go the cocoa route with this recipe I’ll probably replace the fruit with chocolate. Enjoy!