Wednesday, August 6, 2008

ChocoNanaButter, Experiment 1

About a year ago, Reese's put out a special Elvis edition of their peanut butter cups with banana creme added to commemorate his famous peanut butter/banana fried sandwiches. Ever since, I've been fascinated with the peanut butter/banana/chocolate combo. I've envisioned pies, stuffed croissants and more. It fell by the wayside when summer rolled around and the rich, thick dessert held little appeal. Well. My experimental side won out.

As far as experiments go, this one was a moderate success. I wouldn't say complete for a few reasons. It's messy and it's only OKAY. I think, maybe, my proportions were off - the ratio of chocolate to peanut butter was too much when dealing with a stronger flavor (dark chocolate) to smooth peanut butter. And the banana was nearly drowned out completely.

But it's worth trying. If you do decide to try at home, start with less chocolate than you'd think (I used about four of the individual Dove dark chocolates and I think it was too much). They melt and they're strong so take it easy on those! Even when you think there isn't enough (of chocolate or peanut butter), keep in mind that they're going to melt and alllll run together in the gooey sandwich.

Be prepared with many, many napkins...


2 pieces bread
2 tbsp butter (or as needed)
2-3 tbsp peanut butter
1-2 ounces chocolate, chopped
1 banana

In a frying pan, melt 1 tbsp of the butter. Make sure butter does not burn. Slice the bananas into 1/4-inch thick slices. Spread the peanut butter on 1 slice of bread and place chopped chocolate on peanut butter. Cover with banana slices in a single layer and top with the remaining slice of bread. Spread the remaining butter on one side of the sandwich. Grill the sandwiches in the frying pan, unbuttered side first, until each side is golden brown and chocolate is melted.

Cut diagonally and serve.


Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, this is decadent. Exactly what I need right now! :)

Grace said...

i would gladly walk around with melted chocolate and peanut butter all over my face and hands for just a bite of this. if they're all this decadent, i can't wait to hear about future experiments. :)