Alex Porter, chef at Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien Hotel, concocted this luscious dish. It is great for the upcoming romantic Valentine's Day! It is a bit labor intensive but that shows how much you care!Make the Candied Nuts ahead of time and they can be stored in an airtight container. They make a nice nosh! Found this on marthastewart.com and it was delicious!
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- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (no substitutions)
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- vegetable oil cooking spray
- 4 ripe bananas, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or 2 tablespoons apricot brandy or 2 tablespoons creme de banana liqueur or 2 tablespoons Creme de Cacao
- confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- 1/2 cup melted bittersweet chocolate (3 ounces of Ghirardelli or Valrhona)
BROWN SUGAR BUTTER (use 2 tablespoons for waffles)
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon heavy cream
CANDIED NUTS (use 2 cups for waffles)
- 1BROWN-SUGAR BUTTER: In a small bowl, combine butter and brown sugar with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add cream, and whisk until creamy and well combined.
- 2CANDIED NUTS: (Make first): Combine nuts and maple syrup in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and continue to cook until syrup begins to coat nuts, about 30 minutes. In a medium saucepan, heat canola oil to 350°F Strain nuts to remove any excess syrup. Transfer to a baking sheet to cool. Fry nuts until crispy and any excess caramel is removed. Remove to a baking sheet lined with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper. Let cool.
- 4Heat a Belgian-style waffle iron(any kind of waffle iron will do).
- 5In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in buttermilk, melted butter, and eggs until smooth.
- 6The batter will be thick.
- 7Spray waffle iron with cooking spray.
- 8Ladle about 1/4 cup batter into each section of the waffle grid; spread batter almost to the edges.
- 9Close lid; bake 3 minutes, until no steam emerges from waffle iron.
- 10Transfer cooked waffles to a baking sheet; place in an oven set to low heat, about 200°, while using the remaining batter.
- 11Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons brown-sugar butter.
- 12Add bananas, and sauté until softened and golden brown, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.
- 13Add nuts.
- 14Remove skillet from heat, carefully add Grand Marnier or any of the other choices, and ignite. (optional but worth the effort).
- 15Allow alcohol to burn off.
- 16Continue to sauté until bananas and nuts are well coated.
- 17Split waffles in half.
- 18Place a half on each of two plates.
- 19Spoon one-quarter of the banana mixture over each waffle half.
- 20Top with remaining waffle halves.
- 21Spoon another one-quarter of the banana mixture over waffles.
- 22Dust each with confectioners’ sugar and then drizzle with chocolate.
- 23Happy Valentine's Day!
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Nutritional Facts for Chocolate Banana Waffle Napoleon
Serving Size: 1 (1640 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 6480.5
- Calories from Fat 4538
- Total Fat 504.2 g
- Saturated Fat 87.7 g
- Cholesterol 435.9 mg
- Sodium 1513.4 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 491.6 g
- Dietary Fiber 19.5 g
- Sugars 349.1 g
- Protein 41.7 g
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