Ooooh baby.You done yet? No? Dirty minds, people, dirty minds.
I'm currently on an airplane (clearly not as I post this, but as I write this) on my way to San Jose. Don't ask, just accept. Last night I was puttering around the house, bored to death as I usually am this time of year. I decided I wanted to make something. The problem with this was that I didn't know what to make. I had decided on savory, but was rebuked by a certain female parent of mine, who also added that I should use up the package of filo in the freezer. Due to my 6 AM wake-up call, I couldn't really occupy my time with anything substantial, and since my first (and only) experiment with filo was a bit of a disaster, I decided that I would make something that embraced my poor filo-wrangling skills.
For those of us who have the uncanny ability to rip every single sheet of this paper-like dough, it is imperative that we touch it as little as possible, utilizing as little tension as possible. This means that cutting is out. This also means that minimal folding is in, as is rolling. Oh, and any filling with potentially sharp edges? Death wish (you know, for the filo). First and foremost, I was inspired by the Nutella obsession currently making its way through my Twitter feed. The problem with using just Nutella is that it isn't a very bulky filling, which means the filo would require cutting, and if not cutting, lots of folding to pare down one sheet. My Nutella needed a friend.
A Love Story: Nutella, meet Banana. Banana, meet Nutella. Together at last. And then they found a lawyer and adopted some toasted coconut. The End. Freaking delicious. Look, I know it's not normal to look at a banana and declare that you're going to smother it in Nutella and then wrap it in filo such that it resembles a poorly executed tribute to a yet-to-be-determined hazelnut-loving fertility god. I didn't intend for it to be so...phallic. I originally intended for it to look like a banana wrapped in filo. You see, my dears, I went against the rules and tried to wrap a banana--as is--in filo, and this was the result:
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Not pretty, right? I quickly learned that a slight adjustment in both the angle and curvature of the banana made all the difference (as such adjustments ought to do). My adventurous spirit triggered the ultimate success: an easy peasy suggestive dessert, sure to lighten up everyone's mood (regardless of one's tendency to live in the gutter).
Nutella & Filo Wrapped Banana with Toasted Coconut
2 Tbsp. Nutella
2 sheets filo dough, thawed
3 Tbsp. coconut
Toast your coconut! Put it in a frying pan, heat on low, moving around every minute or so until browned. Lay out a sheet of filo, and brush it with butter. Lay the second sheet over it, and brush with butter. From short side to short side (you know, the length of the dough), slather a line of Nutella down the middle. Sprinkle with coconut. Take your banana and straighten it out a little bit, but don't break it in half. Lay it over your filling. Gently fold the top of the dough over the banana. Brush butter on any dry pieces to prevent breakage. Fold in the sides and brush more butter on any exposed dry pieces. Now continue to gently roll until banana is sealed up. Brush the outside of the package and place on baking sheet. Bake for approximately 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 350F. Cover with foil if it browns too quickly. Eat up!
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