Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Banana Chocolate Tarts

These tarts were inspired by a show on Food Safari about Mauritian cuisine. The first time I saw that particular show, the thought of using banana didn't really inspire me. Since bananas are available throughout the year and is so much part of our Lives, the thought of using the same in a dessert certainly did not give me any adrenalin rush. I do make/bake the occasional banana cake/muffin or malpuas. But watching it again after a gap of maybe a year, I thought that I should give it a try. It helped that there were a few things in stock like bananas and even shortcrust pastry.
The recipe has bananas cooked with sugar but I gave it my own twist by adding chocolate. You can find the recipe here. I made six little tarts. These tarts are delicious and adding the chocolate makes them more so.

Ingredients for the tarts:
2 bananas, mashed
100 grams chocolate, grated
A touch of lemon juice
(This filling was enough for 6 small tarts).

Put a pan on the stove and add the mashed bananas.
Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken.
Add the grated chocolate and the lemon juice.
Stir and take it off the heat. The chocolate will melt in no time from the heat of the cooked bananas.
Let the mixture cool down as you prepare the pastry.
Grease the tart tins.
Take the dough and let it come to a stage where you can start rolling.
Skim your work surface with flour.
Roll out the pastry and cut out the circles a little bigger than the size of your tin.
Take one circle and place it on the tin. Press on the sides and prick with a fork.
Repeat with the rest of the dough according to the number of tarts you are making. 
Spoon the prepared filling into each pastry shell.
Roll out another large circle of dough and cut accordingly to make the lattice on the tarts.
Place six strips on each tart, three below and three above (as shown in the picture).
Brush with a beaten egg and bake in a preheated 180 C oven for 15-20 minutes or till they turn golden brown.
These tarts taste best on the day they are made.



I have not included the recipe for the pastry as the link to the original recipe was given. Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you check out my Facebook page as well.:)
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