Banana Toffee Panini
Greetings from the USA!
It’s cold. Like, proper cold. I’m well bundled though (perhaps a little over-bundled to my family’s embarrassment) and I’m loving a chance to spend some time in my most missed season of the year since moving to Cayman.
I’m spending this year’s Veteran’s Day (US) and Remembrance Day (CI) visiting my dad and step-mother in Cabot, Arkansas. I’m doing my Christmas shopping, enjoying the lovely (but brisk!) weather and getting ready for a mini-reunion with the rest of the family tomorrow. There will be baby squeezing.
But today, I’m lazing around in my PJ’s, snuggling with Frankie and thinking about this super yummy banana toffee panini I made last week.
Banana Toffee Panini by Michael’s Genuine, adapted by Parsley Sage
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You will need:
1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
8 3/4-inch slices of bread
1 tbsp caramel sauce
4 very ripe bananas, halved lengthwise and crosswise
1/2 cup crushed toffee pieces (I used toffee sauce cause the island was out of toffee that week)
4 pinches of salt
1 cup chocolate sauce
Coconut flakes for presentation
*This recipe also calls for 1 tbsp of sweetened condensed milk but I got halfway through making one of these and was like ‘whoa, this is pretty sweet already’ so I nixed it
- Preheat your George Foreman grill or a heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
- Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl
- Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
- Flip the bread over and spread caramel sauce on the other side
- Arrange 4 slices of banana on top of the caramel on four of the slices of bread, then sprinkle with toffee and salt (this is the point you’d put the condensed milk on if you are hankering for a diabetic coma)
- Cover each with the remaining 4 slices of bread, caramel sauce side down to make 4 sammiches
- Put them on your grill and close the lid or in the case of the skillet, place another heavy skilllet on top of the sammiches to get the ‘press’ effect
- Grill for about 2 minutes or until the bread is crisp and cinnamon caramelized (remember to flip of you’re using the skillet)
- Transfer to cutting board and half, dust with coconut flakes
As the daughter of a career Army soldier, I just want to say thanks to all the servicemen and women who do their part to keep their nations safe 🙂