Leisurely summer mornings with no real schedules and definitely no alarm clocks have not taken us long to get used to. With our mornings free of demands, Liv and I have taken to enjoying more elaborate breakfasts in place of the school morning quick and easy bowl of cereal. While oatmeal is a favorite of mine, Liv prefers her morning meal with a little more pizazz (though I personally maintain that my Vanilla Spiced Oatmeal is pretty darn snazzy). Requests of Buttermilk Pancakes, Vanilla Waffles and Strawberry/Mango Smoothies have met my ears nearly as soon as she wakes, but today's Chocolate Nutella Banana Crepes have become an all time favorite.
|As easy as 1, 2, 3, 4! Clockwise: 1. Slather with Nutella 2. Layer with bananas 3. Fold 4. Garnish with powdered sugar|
Last summer's welcomed discovery that crepes really are not all that difficult to make has opened up a new world for us. From plain old Strawberry Crepes to Peach Crepes to Orange Crepes, we have been stepping out and experimenting with flavors. Most of the recipes are oft repeated, however these Chocolate Crepes have become the most frequently visitors to our kitchen. Liv has her own splattered copy of our recipe tucked away on my cookbook shelf and now pulls it out without even asking. She gets right to mixing and only seeks me out when it's time to flip the crepes in the pan.
Her first version from last summer had the chocolate crepe layered with a homemade chocolate sauce (I'll admit to adding a splash of Grand Marnier to mine) and Bananas, however our next summer of 2010 discovery, Nutella, has since replaced the sauce and made the concoction even easier to put together. A simple slather of Nutella down the center of the crepe serves as a base for the sliced bananas. Rolled and then topped with powdered sugar the crepes are rolled in a flash and ready to start you day. (note: prepping the actual crepe takes about 30 min).
It's not often that I gush about a flavor combination, however chocolaty Nutella topped with sweet banana and all wrapped up in that thin pancake-like crepe has me groaning with pleasure at the mere thought of the creamy decadence.