Dulce de Lecce and Chocolate Banana Bites


Dulce de Lecce Bites

These days all kids in this country are studying for the end of year final exams. For those who are in high school, they must sit for exams in four lessons; mathematics, physics, Greek language and history. These grades along with their all year grades will pass them to next year.

For those who sit for exams to be accepted at a university the procedure has as follows: They are tested to up to five courses that count for 70% of their grade and an oral exam that counts for 30%. These courses depend on the orientation they want to follow and the specific schools they want to attend in this particular orientation. For example, if someone wants to follow science he has Physics, Chemistry and Greek language plus one or two of the following: mathematics, biology or history if they want to go for engineers and mathematics, doctors or in education correspondingly.

Dulce de Lecce Bites

As I remember from my school years which, by the way, were a long time ago, it is a very stressful period for a child. Actually, it is the first real challenge in his/her life and one that is truly unbiased and objective, since the persons who correct the papers and give the marks do not know the students and therefore have no positive or negative thoughts. Universities in Greece are governmental which means that if someone fails in the particular exams has no other alternative than either to go abroad to study or compromise with some local private schools which, nevertheless, do not enjoy the merit and acceptance of the public ones.

Dulce de Lecce Bites

My son is in 8th grade in an international school and thus things are a bit different for him. He is preparing for IB exams and after finishing school, he will leave to study abroad. At this moment he has five courses in which he will be tested and these are math, history, Greek, English and science. He has already written history and now we have the rest four. Although, they are not as hard as these of those who write for an entrance in some university, I think for his age are quite stressful. He is a good student and I hope he will do as well in these as he did throughout the year but still it is a test for everybody’s nerves around here.

Dulce de Lecce Bites

In times like these, children need energy as they read and think more than they normally do, so I thought of making some sweet bites to boost his energy and make him happy. These little bites are so ridiculously easy to make and so delicious you will be amazed. I used some of my overripe bananas which I am sure almost all of us have from time to time and I made Dulce de Lecce with the pressure cooker method which is so much easier than the usual procedure. You can keep the Dulce de Lecce in the fridge and just make a small batch of these and then when they finish you make some more etc. In this way they will be always fresh.

Dulce de Lecce Bites

 

5.0 from 6 reviews
Dulce de Lecce and Chocolate Banana Bites
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Sweet
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
For Dulce de Lecce
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
For the Banana Bites
  • 1 banana cut in thin slices as they will be stacked one on top of the other
  • 200 gr. semisweet chocolate, melted
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Prepare the Dulce de Lecce.
  2. You can make this the day before or in the morning.
  3. In your pressure cooker place the can of the milk after you have removed the paper label.
  4. You will place it with its side down in horizontal position because otherwise when the water starts to bubble the can will go up and down.
  5. Cover it with water plus 2 cm / 1 inch more.
  6. Turn the heat on to the highest and bring to boil.
  7. Cover and secure the lid and wait until the valve starts to emit the steam.
  8. Immediately, lower heat to low and let it simmer for about 40 minutes.
  9. Remove from the heat and let it cool down completely.
  10. Place in a glass jar and to the fridge for at least one hour.
  11. Cut the banana in thin slices as one will be stuck on top of the other.
  12. Add about ¼ tsp of Dulce de Lecce on half of the banana slices and cover them with the rest half.
  13. Place them in the freezer for 30 minutes to stabilize.
  14. Take a pan cover it with parchment paper and spread couple of tbsp of the melted chocolate.
  15. Place the banana sandwiches leaving a distance between then 0.5 cm / ¼ of an inch and cover them with the rest of the chocolate.
  16. Let them cool completely.
  17. With a cookie cutter cut them around and serve.

5.0 from 6 reviews
Μπουκιές Μπανάνας με Dulce de Lecce και Σοκολάτα
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Γλυκό
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
Για το Dulce de Lecce
  • 1 κουτί ζαχαρούχο γάλα
Για τις Μπουκιές Μπανάνας
  • 1 μπανάνα κομμένη σε λεπτές φέτες
  • 200 γρ. κουβερτούρα, λιωμένη
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προετοιμάστε το Dulce de Lecce.
  2. Μπορείτε να κάνετε από την προηγούμενη ημέρα.
  3. Στη χύτρα σας τοποθετήστε το κουτάκι του γάλακτος, αφού αφαιρέσετε τη χάρτινη ετικέτα.
  4. Τοποθετήστε το με την πλευρά του προς τα κάτω σε οριζόντια θέση γιατί αλλιώς όταν το νερό αρχίσει να βράζει θα χτυπάει πάνω κάτω.
  5. Καλύψτε το με νερό συν 2 cm περισσότερο.
  6. Ανάψτε το μάτι στην ψηλή θερμοκρασία και φέρτε το σε βρασμό
  7. Καλύψτε με το καπάκι και περιμένετε έως ότου η βαλβίδα αρχίζει να βγάζει τον ατμό.
  8. Αμέσως, χαμηλώστε τη φωτιά στο χαμηλό και αφήστε το να σιγοβράσει για περίπου 40 λεπτά.
  9. Κατεβάστε από τη φωτιά και αφήστε να κρυώσει εντελώς.
  10. Βάλτε το σε ένα γυάλινο βαζάκι και στο ψυγείο για τουλάχιστον μία ώρα.
  11. Κόψτε τις μπανάνες σε λεπτές φέτες.
  12. Προσθέστε περίπου ¼ κουταλάκι Dulce de Lecce στις μισές φέτες μπανάνας και σκεπάστε με τις υπόλοιπες μισές.
  13. Βάλτε στην κατάψυξη για 30 λεπτά για να σταθεροποιηθούν.
  14. Πάρτε ένα ταψί σκεπάστε με λαδόκολλα και αλείψτε μία περιοχή της που θα χωράει τις φέτες μπανάνας με δύο κουταλίες από την λιωμένη σοκολάτα.
  15. Τοποθετήστε τα σάντουιτς μπανάνας σε απόσταση μεταξύ τους μισού πόντου και σκεπάστε τα με την υπόλοιπη σοκολάτα.
  16. Αφήστε να κρυώσουν εντελώς.
  17. Με ένα κουπάτ κόψτε γύρω γύρω και σερβίρετε.

 

23 Responses to Dulce de Lecce and Chocolate Banana Bites

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  1. I can just taste the chocolate! Featuring this recipe on my list of 15 Easy Chocolate Recipes for Passionate Lovers of Chocolate this week at Family Fun Friday: http://bit.ly/15Chocolates Thanks for sharing! ~Monica (P.S. I am a chocoholic!)

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  3. mjskitchen says:

    These are some of the most decadent little bites I’ve every seen. I’d like a dozen of them please!

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  5. Miz Helen says:

    Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  7. di says:

    Your son is a very lucky young man Katerina mou, good luck to his studies, I know he will ace them!
    I love the easy of this recipe, and thank you for the tip on the dulce! ♥♥

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  9. Juliana says:

    I remember those days when taking national exams to compete for a seat in universities, I even had an early stage of ulcer, so much stress I went through…I feel for your son…and wish him the best of luck.
    These little bites of banana and dulce de leche in between and covered with chocolate looks amazing…great dessert Katerina!
    Have a great weekend dear :)

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  11. All the best to you son for the exams. Ther chocolate banana bites look so delish, I am sure he must have enjoyed them.

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  13. Monica says:

    Good luck with all the exams! It can be so stressful but it certainly helps to have good food and some fabulous treats around! Looks so tasty.

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  15. Exam time is starting here too. I could use that energy boost right now. This is such a great snack idea, love dulche de leche.

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  17. My kids did IB, but only in high school. It is stressful, but I’d suffer a bit of stress to eat these delicious bites!

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  19. gloria says:

    aahh love this idea! Adoro Dulce de leche is absolutely amazing ! and these look wonderful!

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  21. grace says:

    this is such a great idea, but i haven’t seen it done before! delicious treat. :)

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  23. Susan says:

    I’m sure the exams are just as stressful for you as they are for your son. What a delicious treat for him while he is studying! Good luck to him during the rest of his exams, Katerina :)

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  25. Balvinder says:

    Brilliant! Can’t wait to make them soon.

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  27. Good luck to your son! A lot of stress for him (and you!) I’m sure. Anyway, this looks wonderful — SO GOOD! Thanks.

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  29. IB exams are the worst. Well actually the full 2 years are just painful for both the students and the parents. You need these delicious little dulce de lecce chocolate covered bananas more than he does. The end is near. Stay strong! Hugs coming your way! Pinning!

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  31. Pam says:

    Good luck to your son! It sounds like a stressful time for him and the household. Those sweet bites look very delicious and would be devoured quickly here. Thanks for the recipe!

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  33. Εύκολη και σούπερ λαχταριστή συνταγή!
    Ο συνδυασμός γεύσεων είναι απλά απίθανος!

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  35. Natalia says:

    These look so yummy! :)

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  37. GiGi Eats says:

    OMG BOOKMARKING (pinning) this under the BOARD = THINGS MR. PICKY PANTS might love (IE: my husband) cause holy moly!!! THIS LOOKS LIKE EVERYTHING HE ADORES!!

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  39. Kate says:

    Good luck to your son! My niece is in an IB program and the end of year exams are still stressful, because there’s a lot of information included!

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  41. These look delicious and glad you had some dulce de leche just sitting around. :) I am sure your son appreciated this brain food!

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  43. Judy Purcell says:

    Oh my, these look so simple and amazingly good! YUM!

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  45. An easy peasy and fabulous dessert!

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