Nutella and Banana Bites - The Boy Who Bakes

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Edd Kimber, aka The Boy Who Bakes and winner of the first series of the Great British Bake Off and as part of the event, won myself a signed copy of his book (hurrah!) - also titled The Boy Who Bakes. Edd was absolutely lovely, and the recipes in his book all look SO delicious. The book is divided into various sections and includes the likes of cakes, bars & cookies, desserts and help on the basics too e.g. different types of pastries, creams, custards and fillings.

I have not yet had much of a chance to get properly stuck into trying delights such as PB & J bars, apple & pecan tart or speculaas blondies, but the other day had a spare few minutes so rustled up one of the easiest bakes in the book Nutella and Banana Bites (in fact, so easy that not even a 'bake' is required!).  This recipe is clear and simple, I amended only a teeny bit and they taste UH-MAZING. So, here goes!

You will need:
3 tablespoons butter (plus extra for greasing)
140g mini marshmallows
75g rice crispies
100g milk chocolate, broken into pieces (could also use dark if you prefer things a little less sweet)
275g Nutella (I only used 200g - one small jar - and had just about enough)
2 large bananas

1. Line a 20cm square tin with baking paper and lightly grease.
2. Melt the butter in a pan on medium heat.

3. Once melted, add the marshmallows, allow to melt and then stir together.

4. Remove from heat and add the rice crispies then stir to coat evenly.

5. Once all mixed together, press firmly into the tin and set aside (at this point I popped it in the fridge to speed up the cooling process whilst I prepared the next stage)

6. For the chocolate topping, break the chocolate into a bowl and add the Nutella then microwave gently, stopping frequently to stir, until all the chocolate has melted.

7. Avoid temptation to forget the recipe and eat the chocolate instead.

8. In order to avoid temptation, spend time slicing bananas onto rice crispie layer.

9. Cover with the chocolate mix and then leave to cool.

10. Once thoroughly cooled, slice into squares with a sharp knife.

Note: these do not keep that well - the banana can lead to some sogginess although taste remains top throughout, all the more reason to enjoy them with a nice cup of tea asap!

Let me know if you give these a go, or anything else in the book. I definitely would recommend it and can't wait to try something else out when I have a spare afternoon sometime soon! Have a lovely weekend!

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