|Summer nights are a great time to relax on the porch and spend some time with your friends and family. And whether you're simply chatting the night away or engaging in some friendly competition with your favorite game, all that's needed to make the nights even more special would be some nibbles (and of course, some drinks).
Photo by Sheri Giblin © 2009
On the nibbles side, these Nutella and Banana Galettes will definitely do the trick. They're from Gourmet Game Night, by Cynthia Nims, which focuses on recipes for "bite-size, mess-free eating". If you're playing a game that allows you to keep your hands ready for the competition, but I think the recipes in this book are great for much more including cocktail parties or simply spending the night chatting away on the porch.
And yes, Gourmet Game Night also has some drink recipes to keep the games interesting!
Nutella and Banana Galettes
Reprinted with permission from Gourmet Game Night: Bite-Sized, Mess-Free Eating for Board-Game Parties, Bridge Clubs, Poker Nights, Book Groups, and More by Cynthia Nims, copyright © 2009. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
This is an example of how a few simple ingredients-sweet pastry, Nutella, and bananas-can conspire to make a wildly delicious treat. The sliced bananas resist browning after a brief dip in fresh orange juice, so they'll remain lovely until your guests' cravings for sweets hit.Sweet Pastry Dough
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons ice water, plus more if needed
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large or 2 small ripe (but not soft) bananas
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- 2 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts
To make the pastry dough, combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse to blend. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture has a sandy texture. Add the egg yolks and pulse twice, then add the water and vanilla and pulse a few times to incorporate. Pinch a bit of the dough between your fingers; it should hold its shape without feeling dry. If needed, add another teaspoon or two of water. Turn the dough out onto the work surface and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set 2 oven racks on the centermost levels.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a circle about 14 inches across and 1/8 inch thick (let the dough sit for 10 or 15 minutes if it is too firm to roll right away). Use a 2 3/4-inch round cutter (plain or fluted) to cut rounds from the dough. Arrange them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes, switching the pans about halfway through for even cooking. Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer the pastry to a wire rack to fully cool.
Cut the banana into 1/4-inch slices and put them in a bowl with the orange juice. Toss gently to be sure that all slices are fully coated in the juice and let sit a few minutes. Transfer the slices to a piece of paper towel and lightly pat the tops to dry. Top each pastry round with 1 teaspoon of the Nutella and spread it out a bit, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange 2 or 3 banana slices, slightly overlapping, on top of the Nutella. Sprinkle the bananas with chopped hazelnuts and arrange on a platter for serving.
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Makes 18 to 20 galettes
Double all the ingredients, making the dough in batches.
Best not to halve. Roll out and use half of the dough, freezing the rest for another time.
Make the dough, wrap well, and refrigerate up to 2 days ahead. Bake and assemble the galettes up to 2 hours before serving.