Friday, January 22, 2010

Charred Bananas on Cocoa Poffertjes with Dulce De Leche

Or grilled nanies with tiny chocolate pancakes and milky caramel! 

A background:

Ladyfinger bananas, also known as sugar bananas are smaller variety of banana which are incredibly sweet, perfect for use in desserts. They are a bit more expensive, but worth it!
Poffertjes are tiny pancake pillows, originating from Holland.
Dulce de leche is a spanish milk based sauce tasting like a milky caramel. 

Ingredients (serves 2 though you'll have tonnes of leftover dulce de leche)

Dulce De leche

  • 1L of whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda


  • 1 egg
  • about 1/2 cup self raising flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • About2/3 cup milk

  • 2 ladyfinger bananas
  • Flour


Dulce De Leche

In a large saucepan, combine sugar and milk and set over low heat.
Once sugar and milk are combined, and mixture is at a simmer, add the baking soda and vanilla.
Turn down the heat until the mixture is only barely simmering and continue to cook, stirring occasionally.
When stirring, skim off any foam; do not reincorporate it into the mixture.
Afer 1 hour, remove the vanilla bean.
Cook until the mixture is a dark brown and reduced to about 1 cup. This can take 2-4 hours. 
Pass the dulce de leche through a sieve and store in the fridge for up to a month. 


Whisk the milk and egg until combined.
Sift in the cocoa, sugar and flour and whisk until smooth.
Refridgerate for 30 minutes.
Set a frying pan over medium heat and lightly oil.
Set teaspoons of the batter into the pan, at least 3 inches apart.
When the batter starts to bubble, flip, and cook for 30 seconds on the other side.


Slice the bananas thickly and coat with flour, shaking off any excess. 
Set frying pan over high heat and oil well. 

Place bananas in pan and cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until charred on either side.

Place the poffertjes on a serving plate, and top with bananas. Then dollop on the dulce de leche. 

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