Bananas Foster Tartelettes & A Giveaway

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bananas Foster Tartelettes

I like to think I am fairly organized. I mean, there is logic to whatever battle is taking place on my desk. Or in my head. Like most of us, I get pretty psyched about being a step ahead and I was darn happy for having posts in drafts right before I left for BlogHer food in San Francisco. David says he has 40 stories or so in drafts at all times. I giggle when I have one ahead of the game. I am however excited when “the” one is these Bananas Foster Tartelettes. Things got busy then and things got busier this week but these were too good to wait any longer to post.

Whenever I travel, I try to leave a few easy things for B. to reheat for dinner knowing too well he’d end up eating at his parents or be invited here and there. He tends to skip meals when there is no one to call him to the table. I know he can boil water for pasta. I’ve seen it. I even happen to know he can make awesome steamed clams.

This time was no different as I labeled containers of food and even took him on a guided tour of the fridge and pantry. It’s just not his thing. I was tempted to post-it the entire house but refrained. However, as previously mentioned, his eyes got stuck on all the desserts left on top shelf from my zealous attempt at getting prepared. This is his thing.

Caramel

After describing what the tarts were made of, he exclaimed “oh! Kind of like bananas foster without the fire flambĂ©ing action!” Precisely. We tend to have a surplus of bananas in the house, and after making banana donuts last month, I still had plenty to use up, hence the tarts (and a few loaves of banana nut bread).

The tarts start with a crispy shortbread base and are filled with a hazelnut and almond frangipane before being topped with fresh banana slices and a (generous) drizzle of salted butter caramel sauce. I am all over banana and nuts and I am all over salted butter anything, so the combination was pretty much a no brainer. However, it all came together out of the necessity to use all the tidbits ingredients in the fridge, pantry and freezer.

I had leftover shortbread dough in the freezer from a previous tart making day as well as a jar of salted butter caramel sauce, a handful each almonds and hazelnuts in the pantry, a knob of butter and a tiny bit of cream in the fridge. And of course a good many banana giving me the sweet eye.

As I have said before, I hate waste. Having worked in a restaurant kitchen for many year, I pretty much nailed down the recycling issue. If you don’t recycle, re-use or force yourself to use items bought on a whim, you are likely to drive your place to the pits. I have the same mentality when it comes to the kitchen. Being on a tight budget, I can’t allow us to waste, even less impulse buy certain items. Everything these days is budgeted, accounted for and used to the max. More than ever before I am aware of what I have. Time, the ability to cook, develop recipes, a wonderful mother- in -law who unexpectedly drops by with supplies, etc…

Bananas Foster Tartelettes

Some of us are not that lucky. I do my best but some can’t. In that spirit, I really like what Macy is doing in their campaign Come Together to fight hunger to raise awareness and money to feed 10 million of people suffering from hunger, and they will match donation dollar for dollar.
When Macy’s got in touch to spread the word last week, I immediately agreed. There are 3 different ways you can get involved in this great campaign:

1) You can host dinner parties and ask that instead of bringing traditional host gifts, guests make a donation to Feeding America.

2) You can donate $1 directly at any Macy's register, one dollar provides dinner for seven.

3) You can shop at any Macy's and get special savings in-store on October 17 (today). A portion of the $5 in-store ticket sales will benefit Feeding America.

Macy’s also provided me with two $25 gift certificates to give to my readers. All you have to do is leave a comment (multiple entry will automatically be deleted) before Tuesday october 20th midnight eastern time, for a chance to win. My better half will select the winners at random from the comments left on this post. Even if Macy’s does not ship internationally nor has stores outside the US, everyone can enter. You can always use the gift certificate to do your Christmas shopping for friends or family here and continue to spread some good spirit.

Good luck!

Bananas Foster Tartelettes:

Serves 8

Sable Dough:
1 stick (113 gr) butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (95 gr) powdered sugar (unsifted)
1 large egg
1 1 /2 cups (190gr) all purpose flour
2 tablespoons (20 gr) cornstarch
pinch of salt

For the almond-hazelnut frangipane filling:
1 stick (115 gr) butter, softened
½ cup (100 gr) granulated sugar
½ cup (50 gr) ground almonds
½ cup (50gr) ground hazelnuts
seeds from half a vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or extract
2 eggs
1/4 cup (60gr) heavy cream

Remaining ingredients:
3-4 bananas, thinly sliced
Salted butter Caramel sauce
Vanilla Ice Cream

Prepare the shortbread rounds:
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy on medium speed, 2-3 minutes. Add the egg and mix until combined. Add the flour, cornstarch and salt and mix briefly to incorporate. Dump the whole mixture onto a lightly floured board and gather the dough into a smooth ball. Do not work the dough while in the mixer or it will toughen up. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
You will need half the amount of dough to make the tartelettes. The other half can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen, well wrapped for up to 3 months.
Preheat the oven to 350F and position a rack in the middle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
When the dough is nice and cold, roll it out on a lightly floured board or in between sheets of plastic wrap to about ¼ -inch thick. Cut out eight 3-inch rounds with a pastry ring or cookie cutter. Place them on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool.

Prepare the filling:
Place the butter, sugar, ground nuts, vanilla bean seeds and the eggs in a large bowl and whisk until smooth (can also be done in a food processor). Add the cream but stir in it instead of whisking to prevent emulsifying it or it will rise while baking. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Place 8 baked rounds of dough in 8 pastry rings of the same dimension, divide the cream evenly among the rings and bake 20 minutes at 350F. Let cool. Once cooled, remove the tarts from the rings and arrange the banana slices decoratively on top, drizzle the caramel sauce on top. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

289 comments:

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Andrew's Mom said...

What is the latest on your book? This is my comment to enter the giveaway too!

The Duo Dishes said...

We do our best not to waste food. It's a shame to see people just throw stuff away. This is a great cause.

Eunice said...

mouthwatering as always!

From My Heart To His said...

I love your website. It's very artistic...and yummy!

justJENN said...

I don't like bananas, but something about them being caramelized makes it...sort of ok. Yum.

jillp said...

I love your sweet blog and tweets. Inspiring :)

Jeannette said...

macys gift cards?? that's just perfect for the christmas holiday!! i have some girlfriends to shop for still!!

Laura said...

I think this is a perfect desert for fall.... I can't wait to get this in front of dinner guests.

Mela said...

Delicious! My mom and I were talking about what to do with all of the new ripe bananas on thier tree- this is perfect. Thanks!

Risa F said...

I adore you, hey could you swing by my place...I am in terrible need of a macaron lesson.

Muffin said...

Your pictures are simply amazing. And the food looks even more delightful. I wish I could try them all! Mmmm!

Julie said...

Frangipane with anything is wonderful, but with bananas and caramel? That sounds like magic.

BentoGirl said...

Wow - this looks AMAZING! I'm gonna have to try this soon. like this week. no, i can't wait that long....it'll have to be tonight!

manda said...

I think I might actually be able to make these!! YUMMM!!!!

kari said...

Love all the banana recipes!

Ana said...

Thanks for promoting such a great cause!

Those tartelettes look awesome!

Margo said...

Have you read Hungry Planet: What the World Eats? It's awesome, seriously. The authors (a writer and a photographer) visited families around the world and then took a picture of each family with a week's worth of groceries - from a family in Paris to refugees in Sudan. I think you'd love it.

Lola said...

These tarts look absolutely fabuluous and full of flavour..thanks for the post,and waiting for more of these amazing recipes.

Sarah said...

Delicious! This would be an excellent recipe for our baking club, Easy Bake Coven.

margot said...

Beautiful!!!
Delicious!!!
Very nice fhotos.
Margot

Littlefoot said...

Is there anything edible on this earth that you can't make into an artistic masterpiece? Methinks not :)
Bananas Foster is a family favorite. I will definitely be making this for my loved ones.

Holly Wendt said...

Such gorgeous tartelettes, and even more beautiful to see so many people championing a good cause.

Kathryn said...

Love the idea of Bananas Foster in tartelette form. And, I too, hate waste, so this is great!

www.DE HARINA Y DE MAIZ.com said...

i´ll definietely be making these soon.
i still have to practice on the salted caramel sauce to make perfect. loved the pics.
greetings from Mexico!

Meryl said...

I love your recipes and photos!

Sarah said...

There are so many comments on this post!!

Ivy said...

I had extra banana's last week and made a 2 layer banana cake with buttershots cream cheese frosting. It came out pretty good. It's fun to be creative with brown bananas.:)

Janet said...

Those look delicious!

daveNsarah said...

YUM, I've always wanted to try banana's foster, and this looks a little less intimidating!

Nags said...

one dollar feeds seven? that's amazing!

Betsy said...

These tartelettes look lovely. I've just begun reading your blog and am enjoying it!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful dessert! And a wonderful cause for Macy's to support.
~ Kathy

Adam and Julia said...

I just love bananas fosters! I can't wait to try this!!!

Anonymous said...

Bananas are sooo good for you and are said to promote excellent circulation. This is a great way of helping yourself and treating yourself at the same time! --Jude

Marilyn said...

This sounds completely delicious! I love bananas foster-with shortbread crust they would be so much better!

Barbara said...

You inspire me to bake again. Thank you!

Diana said...

Looks so delectable!

Jennifer said...

I love your photos! I don't even really like bananas, but your tartlettes look great.

Emily R. said...

My dad used to make us bananas foster as a special treat. I will definitely be making these sometime very soon.

Stephanie said...

Those sound great! What a great idea to promote what Macy's is doing to feed the hungry.

Hailey said...

It's nice to see there are other foodies' who hate waste! Thanks for the "come together" awareness. Nice twist on the Banana's Foster...looks delicious!

Space Monkey 1138 said...

What a great idea! Looks incredible!

The Crew said...

Bananas Foster AND Macy's - these are a few of my favorite things!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

The banana tartelettes got my so hypnotized I almost forgot to comment, darling! That luscious, shiny caramel... OH, my!

This is a wonderful initiative, Helen.

Renuka said...

Hi,
I am new to Macarons and your site helped me a lot...I cannot believe I missed out on these great treats, thanks to my first visit to Paris earlier this month I had a chance to savor the ones at Pierre Hermes and I was hooked.I have not stopped baking and experimenting since then. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us . Your husband is a lucky man and I hope one day I can say the same of my husband.By the way I did participate in the donate $5 at Macy's.
Thanks Helen and keep post all those sumptious recipe and even more beautiful photographs on your blog.

kaitlin said...

yum! bananas foster is one of my major food weaknesses. in any shape or form, it makes me smile :) thanks for this new recipe!

Shauna said...

These look divine! Every element sounds amazingly delicious on their own, so I can only imagine what it is like when they are put together.

Natalie said...

Wow, this looks DELICIOUS! I can't stop salivating. Hmm, maybe too much information there...

Crystallin said...

Your photography leaves me starving! I can't wait to make these. I even think I have all of the ingredients. so much for making Banana bread.

The Ellsies said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

vivian said...

AB loves bananas foster... i will definitely have to try this recipe ASAP!

Aditi said...

I love the fruit as it is, but this recipe looks yummy!

Mariel said...

Your photos are always so inspiring. I think I will make this soon, but substitute my cinnamon ice cream for the vanilla. This is adorable and a wonderful new take on the normally sloppy looking bananas foster. Thanks.

Sandra said...

I love your blog! I'm adding it to my new rss feed now :) The photos, the recipes, the stories. It's all fantastic.

***ANDREA*** said...

This looks delicious!

Lostgirl said...

Those look absolutely amazing!! I just wish my husband liked bananas!

Adrienne said...

Not sure if my previous try made it. I think these banana foster tartelettes look amazing. I also have a lot of frozen peaches and hope to try the peach pate a fruits some time soon.

Andrea said...

OH... just looking at these tartelettes made my whole day! I will do almost anything or salted caramel... And I will definitely join in on the Macy's Come Together campaign and donate... Thanks!

Em said...

I've had Bananas Foster on my To Make list for so long. Maybe this will finally give me the motivation!

Heidi said...

Those tartlettes look amazing! And yay, gift card giveaway! I'm in!

h-angulo@hotmail.com

Jelli Bean said...

I'm so happy to see that Macy's is really doing something to benefit society! My husband and I love having guests over, but with a very limited budget, are only able to host a few times per month. We'd love to have these gift certificates to be able to purchase Christmas gifts this year. We barely scraped by to purchase airfare to visit my family in the USA (his 1st visit to meet my extended family!!) and really have no idea what to do about gifting besides delicious baked goods (which are always a pleasure to give and receive). Thanks for a great original recipe and once again for spreading the holiday cheer with Macy's.

Angela said...

this looks delicious!

theeclecticconnoisseur said...

These tarts look and sound delicious. How cool that Macy's contacted you to get involved in such a great cause!

Ashley

Megan M said...

Sounds delicious! I am jealous!

Jennifer said...

Your hubby sounds like mine! Bananas are a fav in our house. I'm definitely going to have to take a stab at this one.

Caroline said...

YUM

Rhonda said...

Your pictures are just awesome. The tarts look so delicious. And yes, I plan recipes around using all that I can to not waste as taught to us by my grandparents.

Abby said...

I love bananas and so does my little one! He'd be all over this (even with the nuts - he's not allergic.)

Anonymous said...

Those are wonderful pictures as always! I love it. I can not wait to give it a try.

Sumeyye Sazak

Mike and Erin Duerden- said...

The bananas foster dessert looks delicious! I love all your photos.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Beautiful tarts! I think it's great that you getting involved in Come Together campaign. I was watching my tivoed Top Chef and I learned a lot about this great program. Good for you for getting involved:)

Lismi said...

Mmmm.... *drooling*
Beautiful work as usual =).Thank you for sharing this.
Good on Macy and you for raising this hunger awareness Helen. It's hard to believe that even with $1 we can feed 7 people.

Kate said...

These look delectable. I love bananas foster and this is a wonderful way to serve them...ice cream on the side? :)

SaraLe said...

Love your site.

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SaraBeth said...

this recipe looks delicious. can't wait to try it!

Cakelaw said...

Goodness, these tarts look delicious!!

Bellameru said...

Mmm, bananas P:

suri said...

lovwe the blog and what you are doing promoting this charity
suri

momgateway said...

Pretty photos and simple recipes to try!

Mary Anna said...

I read your blog everyday to get my recommended daily allowance of sugar! It's like food porn! Keep up the good work!

Miriam Leigh said...

I'm so into bananas foster *anything*... I can't wait to try these. They look so rich and light at the same time... lovely.

pityenlacocina said...

these look so delicious i have to bake them because i definitely MUST try them! lovely photos and plates and everything, as always,
cheers!

Kelsey said...

Damn you're good.

Anu said...

lovely banana dessert :)

Nama said...

Your tarts, as always, are divine. I love your photos! And I love Macys. Maybe I'll get lucky?

Yudith said...

I have been thinking about doing this actually--thanks for the reminder! Gorgeous blog!

pastry studio said...

I love Bananas Foster and the addition of nuts and sable to the mix make this all the more irresistible. Mesmerizing photos as always!

toocoolisoms said...

I love banana treats. This might be one that even my banana picky husband loves...thank you for sharing!

mouni said...

your photos are amazing! despite the effect that my english is bad (because i speak french), i tried to read and follow your blog every week :)

Mouni

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