Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Feast: Banoffee Tart

This is one of my favorite desserts to make. It is pretty easy to prepare; the crust, especially, is a breeze. If you are looking for something not chocolate to serve, it might be just the thing you've been looking for. The only other thing I can say about it, is that even though I am not wild about bananas in desserts- I LOVE how the bananas do something incredible with the shortbread crust, the caramel and the whipped cream! Yum!!

Banoffee Tart

1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk (preferably Eagle Brand)
6 oz. (1-1/3 cups) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into 3/8-inch dice and chilled well
1 pint (2 cups) heavy cream
1 large egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas
1/4 tsp. instant coffee granules

Make the toffee:

Fill the base pan of a double boiler (or a medium saucepan) halfway with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium for an active simmer (just shy of a boil). Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the double boiler’s top insert (or into a stainless-steel bowl that fits snugly on top of the saucepan) and set over the simmering water. Every 45 min., check the water level in the pot and give the milk a stir. Replenish with more hot water as needed. Once the milk has thickened to the consistency of pudding and has turned a rich, dark caramel color, 2-1/2 to 3 hours, remove from the heat, cool, and cover.

Make the crust:

Meanwhile, combine the flour, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the butter pieces and gently toss to lightly coat with flour. Blend the butter and flour mixture with about five 1-second pulses (count “one one-thousand” with each pulse) or until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal with some of the butter pieces the size of peas. In a small bowl, whisk together 2-1/2 Tbs. of the cream and the egg yolk and pour this over the flour mixture. Process continuously until the mixture turns golden in color and thickens in texture yet is still crumbly, about 10 seconds.

Transfer the mixture to a medium-large bowl and press the mixture together with your hand until it comes together into a ball. Shape the dough into an 8-inch-wide disk and put it in the center of an 8-1/2- to 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Beginning in the center of the dough and working out toward the edges, use your fingertips to gently press the dough evenly into the bottom and up the pan sides. The edges should be flush with the top edge of the pan. If you find a spot that’s especially thick, pinch away some of the dough and use it to bulk up a thin spot. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour.

Heat the oven to 400ºF. Right before baking, line the dough with aluminum foil and cover with pie weights or dried beans. Bake on the lower oven rack for 20 min. Carefully lift the foil (along with the weights) out of the tart pan, lower the oven temperature to 375ºF, and bake until the crust is deep golden brown, about 15 min. Transfer the tart pan to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

Assemble the tart:

Spread the caramel over the crust using a rubber spatula or offset spatula. If the caramel has cooled and is too firm to spread easily, reheat it over simmering water in the double boiler until loosened but not hot. Slice each banana in half lengthwise and arrange the halves on top of the caramel in a circular pattern. To fit the banana halves snugly in the center of the pan, cut them into smaller lengths.

Put the coffee granules in a small zip-top bag. Press a rolling pin back and forth over the granules to crush them into a powder,

In a chilled medium stainless-steel mixing bowl, beat the remaining heavy cream, the vanilla, and the remaining 2 tsp. sugar with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until it holds soft peaks when the beaters are lifted. Spoon the whipped cream over the bananas, sprinkle with the coffee powder, remove the pan sides, and serve.

Make Ahead Tips

The caramel can be made up to three days ahead, covered tightly and refrigerated. The crust can be baked up to a day ahead, then

wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. The finished tart can be held for 30 minutes in the refrigerator, though it's best not to sprinkle on the coffee powder until just before serving.

This recipe came from Fine Cooking.

25 comments:

  1. sounds delicious! thanks for the recipe!

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  2. I just gained 15 pounds thankyouohsomuch.

    I just might try it so I can gain another 15 thank you!

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  3. Oooooh that looks so good! I love banana cream pie from Marie Callendars. When I worked there that's all I ate!

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  4. I think my ass just expanded thinking about it!

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  5. Good lord woman, that is one hell of a post.
    I gave you an award...
    http://left-field-missy.blogspot.com/

    Thanks for being awesome.

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  6. OMG, that looks amazing. I happen to LOVE bananas in desserts. This actually makes me want to cook!

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  7. I didn't know it was that hard to be a tart!

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  8. You had me at Banoffee. Can I borrow you for a while? I am the Chef of the house, but I am not real good at deserts. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Ok, I just saw your trainwreck award and that is hilarious. Missing from today's post are Animal's lil' finger marks ;)

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  10. Why did I read this before breakfast? Now I want something insanely decadent for breakie.

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  11. Yummy! I want that! I love Fine Cooking too.

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  12. Sweet mother. Would I eat that or roll in it? I'll have to give that some thought cause I'd be happy either way.

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  13. I'm actually not a fan of deserts ... but that looks FABU!!!

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  14. Hey Amy! I've been away for quite awhile...

    anyway,

    my husband loves to make this! It's like his specialty! :)

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  15. Yum! I haven't been here in awhile I need to catch up!!! How ya been, lady?

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  16. This sounds and look insanely good!!!

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  17. It's so cruel to see this AFTER I just ate.

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  18. Trying to not read this post as I am newly on the losing weight path and will desperately need an intervention if I look at the deliciousness that you baked up, but just have to say that I have 3 little dudes too so don't be alarmed if you notice me haunting you these days.

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  19. ummm , those are big banana's xxo

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  20. That looks very tasty. So sorry that I didn't comment earlier, I didn't see your post right away, but saw this after reading Tony's Tuesday's Tribute.

    Thank you for participating in the Feast. I love the way you intersperse pictures in your recipe. It makes novice cooks like myself feel more comfortable tackling it.

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Thoughts appreciated. Advice welcome. Douche-baggery scoffed at then deleted.