Warm Chocolate and Banana Tart

August 3, 2010

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When life gives you too many bananas… you could make either banoffee pie, banana cake, banana bread, banana muffins… ba na na na na na na na…

OR

You could just add chocolate. Now we’re talking!

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And who better to turn to than the Master of all things dessert, Pierre Hermé? I’m still waiting for a couple of his cookbooks to swing by my way (damn international shipping!) so for now, while my fruit basket is burgeoning, I looked to Zen Can Cook. It’s a simple looking tart – pastry, banana, chocolate. But oh! The exquisiteness. Out of the oven, it quivers underneath a thin earthy crust that is just barely containing the molten innards. There will be an urge to pillage it with your fork post haste and indeed, I wouldn’t blame you if you gave in to the temptation.

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I guess I don’t need to tell you of the paramount pleasure you’ll have if you do choose to go in early and attack the almost lava-like innards as it spills out. Get this recipe right and you’ll be richly rewarded with the smoothest, most silky ganache filling that just coats the tongue and sends you over the edge. The sensation of having warm melty chocolate assault your tastebuds is the height of culinary pleasure. Excuse me, I think I’m having another moment here…

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But as if a chocgasm wasn’t enough! This tart is after more fireworks with the glazed bananas that were cooked with pepper and spiced butter. I couldn’t find the habanero pepper in the recipe so I just used a red chilli to spice up the butter (but just a little, I’m pitiful when it comes to spice). And of course, the filling is only as good as the chocolate you use, so be sure to go for the one you love.

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By the way, if you wish, you could let this tart rest for a day (or do what I did, enjoy half of it warm and oozy and the other after a day) because that gooey lava filling will firm up upon cooling… as shown in these photos. It doesn’t detract from the taste, but it does make it ‘neater’ to eat. But just imagine the richness of the chocolate with the sweetness of the bananas, which is then followed by the tiniest hit of fire – it’s enough to send you bananas, as in Tom-Cruise-jumping-on-the-couch bananas.

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Warm Chocolate and Banana Tart


Adapted from “Desserts by Pierre Hermé” by Dorie Greenspan (via Zen Can Cook). Like him, I chose to use a different (and simpler pastry) that I had ready in the fridge (recipe at the bottom).


For the Raisins and Caramelised Bananas

1/2 cup golden raisins
3 Tbl (45ml) dark rum
3 Tbl (45ml) water
1 ripe banana (I doubled this amount)
Juice of half a lemon
2 Tbl unsalted butter
1/2 habanero pepper, or to taste ( I used a small red chilli)
4 Tbl sugar
a pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Method

Combine the raisins, rum and water in a small saucepan and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow them to macerate a few hours.

Slice the bananas and cut them into 1cm thick rounds. Toss them in the lemon juice.

Melt the butter with the habanero pepper/chilli in a large non-stick sauté pan. Remove the pepper when the butter starts to bubble (leave it longer if you like it hot). Add the banana slices to the pan (avoid crowding the pan too much) and sprinkle the sugar over the bananas.

Cook until they’re a nice golden brown and flip them over to caramelise the other side. Add the black pepper. Cook one more minute and transfer them to a plate while you finish cooking the rest.

Fill a blind-baked sweet pastry crust with the macerated raisins and the caramelised bananas (putting aside some slices for decoration if you wish).


For the Chocolate Ganache

140g (5 oz) bittersweet chocolate (around 60% cocoa), finely chopped
113g (4 oz) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
1 large egg
3 large egg yolks
2 Tbl sugar

Method

Melt the chocolate and butter separately in two double boilers / pots. Let them each cool to 40°C (104°F).

In a mixing bowl, gently stir together the egg yolks, egg and sugar but be careful not to beat too much air into the eggs.

When the chocolate is at 40°C, gently stir it into the egg mixture using a rubber spatula in steady, gentle concentric circles. When the chocolate is incorporated repeat with the butter at 40°C. When the mixture is smooth and shiny, pour it into the crust to cover the caramelized bananas and raisins. If there are any bubbles, run a blowtorch over the surface to pop them but don’t let the heat sit for too long as it’ll scorch the chocolate.

Bake the tart at 190°C (375°F) for exactly 11 minutes. It will be still a little jiggly but that’s normal.

The tart will be ready to eat when it’s hot or warm but it’ll be oozy and gooey (well mine was anyway). You could leave it to cool down for a few hours or leave it for a day. The tart filling will firm up. Store it at room temperature but do not refrigerate it.


Paté Sucrée


Adapted from Pastry by Michel Roux

Ingredients

250g plain flour
100g icing sugar
100g unsalted butter, slightly softened and chopped
pinch of salt
2 eggs

Method

In a food processor, pulse flour and sugar until combined and to remove any lumps. Add butter and pulse until it’s crumbly. Add eggs and process until dough just comes together.

Tip it out onto a floured surface and give it a few gentle kneads to bring the dough together. Cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Roll out the dough until 3mm thick and lift the pastry onto the rolling pin. Unroll over a loose-bottom tart tin and lightly press the pastry into the tin. Trim off the excess pastry by rolling the pin over the edges. Roll a ball of excess pastry and press into the sides to lift up the edges slightly above the tin. Prick the bottom with a fork to release trapped air and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 190°C. Line the tart with foil or crumpled up baking paper and fill with pie weights or beans. Bake for around 15-20 minutes, then lower the temperature to 180°C and remove the paper and weights. Bake for a further 5 minutes until the tart is lightly golden. Remove from oven and set aside.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

winnie May 24, 2013 at 20:52

what is the size of your tart pan? :)

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Citrus and Candy May 25, 2013 at 01:09

Hi Winnie, I believe it was a 24cm loose-bottom fluted tart pan and I think it was about an inch in depth? Hope this helps!

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citrusandcandy December 15, 2010 at 02:20

Hi Lester! Thanks so much for your awesome complements!

I always list temperatures in celsius and for conventional ovens. For fan-forced, just reduce my listed temp by 20°C. Any recipe that I use out of any cookbook will always be converted to conventional. Most cookbooks and bloggers will list conventional temps and specify if it's fan-forced but the best thing is to do what you have done, check the notes :) If they don't specif ity, then normally it'd be conventional.

I think I just waffled on a bit oops. But hope this helps!

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Lester Fontayne December 14, 2010 at 23:58

Congratulations on a truly excellent blog. I'm looking forward to browsing your site when I get a chance.

Quick question: what is your general rule for the oven temperatures you give – conventional or fan-assisted? The reason I ask is that the temperature given for Michel Roux's pastry I know is fan-assisted (he notes this in his book), so is this the same everywhere unless otherwise stated?

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tobias cooks! August 7, 2010 at 21:45

Great tart! And a beautiful photo!

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simon@theheartoffood August 5, 2010 at 09:03

You had me up until Tom Cruise :)

Based on the last image, the tart looks like it would be fantastic without the chocolate. Nice pic!

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Gummi Baby August 4, 2010 at 11:16

YUM! I can't wait to try this, I'm not keen on the habanero but everything else sounds great, thanks for the recipe!

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Emma @CakeMistress August 4, 2010 at 08:32

Motherfreakin' awesome. I forsee much more fruit consumption in my diet , he he he.

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef August 4, 2010 at 06:11

Holy banana, batman, this is the shit! It really couldn't be made any better, it has it all.

I thought those bananas looked like scallops too. Mmmmmmm chocolatey scallop tart.

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Pam @ Cookware Set August 4, 2010 at 04:54

Chocolate and Bananas! Wow my son loves banana so this is perfect and I love rich brown color tart at the finished. ! simply amazing!

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Laetita August 4, 2010 at 02:29

I just love your recipe! bananas cooked in butter to flavour the chocolate ganache…. yummy! I definetely have to try this one!

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hannah August 3, 2010 at 18:59

this is so unusual, it caught my eye directly. do you think this recipe if foolproof, as then I would so try this for guests on the weekend!

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shaz August 3, 2010 at 14:52

Wow. Just wow. Those caramelised bananas are something else!. Drooling here, help!

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jo August 3, 2010 at 09:44

Banana and chocolate .. delicious and absolutely sinful pairing!

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Brilynn August 3, 2010 at 06:40

That is one gorgeous tart! Pierre Herme can do no wrong…

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the ninja August 3, 2010 at 04:43

those bananas look like scallops. Are they interchangable?

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@bellyrumbles August 3, 2010 at 03:40

You really can't go past chocolate and banana, but the to add the heat of chili, awesome :)

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john@heneefsfood August 3, 2010 at 03:39

That shot of the bubbling banana slices is pure heaven!

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Tita August 3, 2010 at 01:52

This tart is very delicious!!!
Tita

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Sarah - For the Love of Food August 3, 2010 at 00:50

OK this is just cruel when I'm trying to be good and eat light! I probably shouldn't have started down this path in winter. Wow your photos and description both are making my mouth water! What a great combination – I'm bookmarking this one for my partners birthday as he adores chocolate desserts and really likes banana too.

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linda August 3, 2010 at 00:33

oh man.. you are the QUEEN of chocolate. This looks so good

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Steph August 3, 2010 at 00:04

Oh baby, look at those golden fried bananas! This tart is so full of awesome. I want it all!

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forager August 2, 2010 at 23:49

A classic flavour combination – but it's the word "warm" that makes the difference and makes me think of warm, gooey molten chocolate and banana. Yum!

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Helen | grabyourfork August 2, 2010 at 23:33

This sounds decadently good! Raisins and dark chocolate go so well together and caramelised bananas? Yeah baby…

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chocolatesuze August 2, 2010 at 22:54

banana na na nahhh nahhhh nahhhhh nahhhhh make those bodies sing!

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angie August 2, 2010 at 22:22

Ohhh why do those bananas look lik scallops to me… I think hunger can make one dilerious at such early hours. Looks sooo deliciously rich and decadent.

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Fiona August 2, 2010 at 21:32

Think that would be VERY hard to leave in the fridge…

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Mei Sze August 2, 2010 at 18:33

The combination sounds really exotic with the hint of fiery chilli in the butter..very interesting and chocolate and banana, who can fault that?! plus with added rum? YUM! I've give this a go one day. By the way, I am bananas over your blog! the photos and your writing…tantalising and entertaining!! Thumbs up!

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