Chitlins, remember how I said I was drowning in frozen bananas. I really wasn’t kidding. This is the second of four potential banana recipes in the next coming weeks. I’d apologize but this recipe is UH-MAZE-BALLS. Like for reals.
For those that know me I’m kind of a gym rat. Not that you’d know by looking at me (I’m not exactly what you’d call “buff”). I’ve being doing cross-fit since before it was a thing. Jussayin’. Getting a little hipster on you there. Psssh, I did cross-fit before you even knew what cross-fit was.
Anyway…through cross-fit I met some of my best friends today, and we try to get together outside of the gym at least once every few months, and usually more often. This past weekend we had an epic get together that left me with a monster hungovers the next day. The kind that only comes around twice a year. Woof.
The theme for this get together was French stuff. So we had fondue (that’s French right?) and coq au vin and I decided to make a mille-feuille cake, or a thousand layer cake. it’s made of a bunch of individual crepes with a decadent filling and then smothered with some kind of ganache. There’s a bakery here in NYC called Lady M Confections that is fairly well known-for their mille-feuilles.
I couldn’t decide on a flavor until I ran across Smitten Kitchen’s banana bread crepe cake. That basically sealed the deal for me. I only made a few tweaks to her original recipe, I added more banana to the crepe batter for one. And for two I accidentally didn’t buy enough yogurt for the filling so I mixed equal parts butter, yogurt, and cream cheese and honestly I wasn’t disappointed.
My favorite part about this cake? All the awesome layers when you cut. The presentation is really stunning, especially when the edges look all raggedy and it doesn’t stand that tall. And then you cut it and everyone oohs and aahs over it. Totally worth it.
The best part about the filling is that the leftovers double as a fantastic dip for sliced fruit. I used it for apples while I watched the Beyoncé concert on Sunday night. You know the one that had an opening act of sportsball? It was pretty good. Wasn’t a fan of the opening act, and the concert was a little short. But let’s be real, Mrs. Carter killed it.
Go check out Smitten’s reicpe. If you want to make the filling my way (you totally do) cream until fluffy: 8 oz of cream cheese, 1 stick of softened butter, 1 container of Fage yogurt, plus 2 tsp vanilla and 1/3 cup sugar. Make sure you whip the sugar in good at the end so it’s not gritty.