Merry Christmas everybody! Whether you celebrate or not I hope you are spending the day relaxing with family and friends. I can think of no better way to do this than to eat great food all day. Like Thanksgiving there are no rules today so make sure to do whatever you can to capitalize on this before Boxing Day guilt kicks in. Odds are you already have some idea of what you’re going to eat today. For those of you that don’t I highly recommend trying this banana struedel. All you need are some bananas, phyllo pastry, a working oven, and an hour of your time. I guarantee you’ll have something sweet and relatively guilt free to enjoy with whoever you’re spending your Christmas with.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Take phyllo pastry, lay flat, and lighty brush with melted butter.
3. Peel and half bananas (the number you use is up to you).
4. Cut phyllo into squares large enough to wrap each banana half individually.
5. Place 1 banana half on each square.
6. Sprinkle sugar or a sweetener of your choosing on top of the banana.
(This time I used a mixture of cinnamon, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar but feel free to get creative here).
7. Wrap each banana, lay on pan, and brush lightly with melted butter.
8. Place in oven and bake until the phyllo is crispy and golden brown.
(Make sure to keep an eye on this as overcooking will easily lead to banana mush).
9. Remove from oven and serve either alone or with whipped or ice cream.
(Feel free to sprinkle additional sugar overtop if you see fit).
To dress this pastry up I added whipped cream, mixed berry jam, and fresh mint. I had a great time baking and eating a bunch of these tasty pastries. If you have bananas you need to use up and phyllo that’s starting to get old this is definitely something to consider doing with them. Whether or not you bake this today or some time in the new year I wish all of you a safe and merry Christmas.