Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bananas Foster Calzones

Doesn't this sound amazing?  I know!  It IS amazing! 

My daughter in law loves all things banana, caramel, strawberry, etc.  I decided to make these for her, and let her help.  Or rather, let her eat the leftover filling! HA!  We are enjoying spending time together, in the kitchen and out.  I had contemplated a dessert calzone for some time, but when I mentioned it to her she said, "OMG can you put bananas foster INSIDE of it"?  Well of COURSE I can dear Kayla!

There is one thing I would suggest.  Unless you have a tried and true pizza dough you can buy, MAKE YOUR OWN!  Try my recipe, because it is BOMB! (pizza crust)  

Now, out of one recipe of pizza dough you will get 3-4 calzones.  When you make the filling keep in mind, depending on the size of your calzones, and amount of filling you use, you may have a bit leftover.  Oh darn it.  I guess you could put it on ice cream.  Oh darn it.  Or eat it right out of  the bowl.  Oh DARN it.

Ok, we know this is going to be amazing, and easy, but there are a few steps, so let's get started.

You will need:
2 balls of pizza dough
1 cup caramel sauce, divided (I used ice cream topping)
6 bananas, sliced
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. butter
pinch of salt
1 egg
powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

In a bowl, combine, sliced bananas, 1/4 cup caramel sauce, salt and brown sugar.  Just gently mix to combine and set aside.  Divide each dough ball into however many calzones you want from each.  Roll out one calzone at a time, place the filling on one side of the circle and fold the other over.  Press to seal, and then use a fork to ensure they are sealed.  Do this with each calzone and then place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Whisk one egg and a tablespoon of water together and using a pastry brush, egg wash the top and sides to help it brown beautifully!   Preheat the oven to  350 and bake 14-20 minutes depending on the size.  You will know when yours are done, they will be golden brown!

While they are cooling, combine, butter and the rest (3/4 cup) of the caramel sauce in a small saucepan.  Heat until the butter is melted and the sauce is smooth.  Serve calzones with ice cream and drizzle this sauce over the top and hit it with some powdered sugar!   See where I didn't seal mine in the photo?  I decided it was the perfect one to show you, since you can see the bananas and sauce inside!


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