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Save the Bananas!

My husband knows how much I hate to throw away food. I am a big believer of recycling foods, whether savory or sweet. They become omelettes, crepes, quiches, bread, tartes, etc… you name it.
There I was staring at 3 bananas going darker and darker, and yet I did not feel like making another banana bread. Nothing wrong with them, I just get tired of making them. I remembered a tart I used to make often a few years ago and that my college friends always finished to the last crumbs whenever we had a study session or a relaxing chill out time.
It’s funny after so many years of making it, I don’t need to look at the recipe anymore, which in this case was good because since the move I can’t seem to put my hand on the little book it came from. Can’t even give the reference of it, except it came from a series of pocket books including one on American Fare, one on North African foods, one on sauces, etc…
So here it is, from the "Forgotten Book":

Banana Almond Tart:

One homemade or store bought pie crust, pre-baked
3-4 ripe bananas (depends on their size)
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
juice of 1/2 lemon
sliced almonds for decorating

In a blender or food preocessor, puree 2 bananas, eggs, sugar, lemon juice, sour cream and milk. Pour into prebaked crust. On top slice the remaining bananas and arrange in a decorative pattern, sprinkle some almonds on top and bake at 360 until golden brown.
Some times I had ground almonds to the batter, sometimes I use a lime instead of lemon, sometimes I add a dash of Rum.

Et voila! Yummy with a glass of milk or a summer punch, you decide!

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Anonymous July 12, 2006 um 3:17 am

Oh I am so jealous, I have been wanting to bake with bananans for so long but right now in Aus they are so expensive…like try $11.99/kilo!! Because of a recent hurricane causing a shortage in bananas. Cant wait till the suply is back up. Your’s looks so divine!!

Helene July 12, 2006 um 3:49 am

and there I was complaining about the price of gas. Dang! I would have never imagined bananas would cost this much!

Anonymous July 12, 2006 um 6:59 am

Hello! I found your delicious blog via foodporn watch. I am basically the only one eating bananas here. When they get too sweet, I make Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with them.

I whisk two eggs for a minute or two, and gradually add 3/4 cup of sugar, then add 2 cups of heavy whipping cream and a cup of milk. When this base is almost done in the ice cream maker, I add two mashed bananas mixed with the juice of a lemon. Voilà!

I used to dislike eating banana desserts (instead of eating them plain), but this recipe totally changed my point of view on the fruit. It tastes just like fresh bananas. By the way, what type of pie crust would you recommend for your recipe?

Anonymous July 13, 2006 um 5:33 am

I’m always looking for new things to do with overripe bananas. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Finally something other than muffins and bread!

Anonymous July 13, 2006 um 8:56 am

Helene, don’t worry I too am complaining about the price of petrol, its sky-rocketing down here as well!

Helene July 17, 2006 um 8:53 pm

Dumoria: that ice cream recipe rocks..I just happen to have more overripe bananas today!

Natalia: banana bread is yummy but a little too heavy in the summer.
Every time I bring this tart to a dinner the first impression is that it’s gonna be heavy but the texture is very soft and people always want more.

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