Updated: Mar 15
Quite some time ago, I made a version of this panzerotto with just Nutella and banana slices. Since that day to this day, I will make this whenever I have some leftover pizza dough (usually, my daughters wanted me to make). Lol! It is super addictive, I mean come on, bananas go so well with Nutella! They are like a match made in heaven!
After about 2 years of making this panzerotto, I had tweeted the recipe to what it is today. Here's the secret, there is actually cheese in this panzerotto! Yes! The cheese not only enhances the flavors, but it also adds a layer of creaminess. Speaking of creaminess, I used frozen mashed bananas instead of ripe banana slices. You can get away with ripe mashed bananas tho, but it doesn't have that creaminess texture which the frozen ones have. My advice is to freeze some ripe bananas a couple of days in advance, thaw and mashed them during pizza-making day.
I will just let the photo do the talking. In the meantime, I will just enjoy this awesome panzerotto. My mum used to say, if you ever tasted great food, you might even forget your name. In this case, I did forget my name every time I took a bite into this panzerotto. I hope you will give this recipe a try and let's see if that theory is true.
(Make 3 panzerotto)
Pizza Fritta Dough, 3 Small Dough Balls
Canola / Peanut / Vegetable Oil, For Frying
Nutella, 3 Heaped TBSP
Homemade Ricotta, 3 Heaped TBSP
Frozen Bananas Mashed, 3 Small / 1 Large
Icing Sugar, For Dusting
High Quality Cocoa Powder Preferably Valrhona, For Dusting
Dutch Oven / Deep Fryer
Wire Cooling Rack / Plate Lined with Kitchen Paper
Please visit my “Making Pizza At Home" page for shaping the pizza dough.
Please visit my “Pizza Fritta Dough” page for the dough recipe.
Please visit my "How To Make Ricotta" page for the ricotta recipe.
Divide the pizza fritta dough into 6 equal dough balls instead of the usual 3.
Prepare a dutch oven or a deep fryer with at least 3 inches of oil.
*Drop a small pinch of dough into the oil. If it starts to sizzle, the temperature of the oil is ready.*
After shaping the pizza dough, mix Nutella and ricotta in a bowl.
Spread the Nutella mixture onto the pizza dough.
Place a scoop of the mashed bananas over the top.
*To make mashed bananas, simply use a fork and mash the bananas until marshy.*
Fold the dough into a half-moon shape.
Lightly wet your hands, pinch and seal the edges.
*You can go fancy and create some patterns if you desire.*
Gently drop the dough, away from you, into the oil.
Deep fry until golden brown on both sides.
Remove from heat and set aside on a wire cooling rack or a plate lined with a paper towel.
Transfer onto a serving plate, dust icing sugar and cocoa powder over the top.
Repeat the steps for the remaining panzerotto.