Caramelized Banana Tart
Looking for a unique dessert for any time of year? This banana tart is requires a mixer with paddle attachment and a little bit of patience, but is oh-so- pretty and delicious.
Yields 6 to 8 servings
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium high speed until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and mix until incorporated.
- On low speed, add flour and salt and mix until fully incorporated.
- Scrape the pastry dough onto a sheet of plastic and wrap tightly. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ vanilla bean
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 extra large egg
- ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup almonds, toasted and finely ground
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon malt powder
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 to 5 bananas
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Remove pastry from refrigerator to soften a bit. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking tray with parchment. Lightly spray a 14 inch by 2 ½ inch rectangular tart frame and place it on the parchment-lined tray.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry to a 16 inch by 4 and a ½ nch rectangle, 1/8 inch thick. Fold the pastry into thirds and lift over the tart frame. Center the pastry and unfold over the length of the frame. Press the pastry into the sides and carefully press the pastry into the bottom corners of the frame. Cut away the excess pastry from the top edge with a small knife. Chill the pastry for 1 hour or overnight. Line the pastry shell with a piece of parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Place the tray in a preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until the sides of the pastry are set. Remove from the oven and cool. Lift the parchment paper with the beans out of the pastry shell.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the vanilla bean over medium heat. Cook until the butter bubbles and turns dark golden brown, swirling the pan gently to cook evenly. Immediately pour the browned butter through a fine mesh strainer into a metal bowl leaving the vanilla bean in the strainer. Cool slightly and whisk in the cream, eggs, sugar, ground almonds, flour, malt powder, extract and salt. Spread the filling over the bottom of the prebaked tart shell and bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes until filling is just set. Remove tart from the oven and cool on a rack.
Preheat the broiler of an oven. Peel the bananas and slice crosswise into 1/8-inch coins. Arrange the slices over the tart in an overlapping pattern. Brush the banana slices lightly with lemon juice. Sprinkle the bananas evenly with ¼ cup granulated sugar. Place the tart under the broiler and cook until the sugar caramelizes, turning the tart to facilitate even browning. Remove tart from the oven and cool on a rack. Lift the tart frame from the tart. The tart is best served immediately.
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