Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Post #112: TWD Banana Dream Tart!

From Banana Cream Pie

With me, usually my best comes out when I am least prepared. Go figure. The best laid plans for me often go wrong. The less I stress, everything often turns out for the best. In this case, "everything" is this week's TWD's challenge, Banana Cream Pie, hosted by Amy of Sing for Your Supper, which I should make my family do! That would make every night interesting, especially when we have company over!

Okay, so first for this recipe, I could not find my pie pans. They were nowhere to be found, which leads me to suspect, I may have borrowed my past pie pans from my Dearest Sweetest Neighbor, Dragana. This would make sense since I have just recently taken up baking and making my own pie crusts. Since I made this late last night while the baby was sleeping, I did not call to ask her to borrow one. Instead, I improvised and made little tart shells. I halved the recipe for everything; pie crust, filling, and topping. I already knew that I was only going to make one for each of us, especially with Easter being right around the corner and my sweet tooth just seems to get even sweeter now-a-days!




The kids came home to homemade banana dream tarts for their after school snack. They better remember this in my old age! I even plated these beauties with caramel sauce.

This recipe was really easy to put together. It was a great creamy custard with a sweet topping that had a slightly "tangy" undertone from the hint of sour cream. It tasted just like a "sunny day" dessert should taste, fresh and dreamy.  I will definitely serve these again over the spring and summer.

I must confess to several things:
  • I did not sift the cornstarch called for in the recipe to the best of my ability
  • I especially did not press the brown sugar through my sieve
  • I accidentally used butter flavored extract instead of vanilla in the topping
  • I did not add the freshly grated nutmeg, or any nutmeg for that matter
  • And I licked many spoons during the making of this dessert
Thanks, Amy, for picking this dessert at such the right time.

 Please remember to go see what the other TWD'ers banana baking bandits did over at the website.
Next up: Chocolate Amaretti Torte (that pan I know I have)

24 comments:

Megan said...

Well it looks like you went all out Ms. Fancy Schmancy! For not having pie pans you certainly put me to shame!

Barbara Bakes said...

Beautiful! How would you know if it tastes right if you don't lick spoons! I'm not a big nutmeg fan and usually leave it out too!

Christina Kim said...

Even with your "confessions", it seems it turned out great!!

Sara said...

I just love banana desserts, yours looks so pretty too!

Jules Someone said...

Those are some lucky kids! Nice work on those tarts. Lovely!

Melissa said...

This looks incredible! I love anything that is creamy and involves bananas!

Donna-FFW said...

These look marvelous. I bet they were just wonderful!! AWESOME job!

shortbreadsouth.com said...

Looks like something you'd get at a restaurant! There was no brown sugar pressing at my house either.

Cheryl said...

That looks so delish and I love that you admit your mistakes! I never do it exactly right.

pinkstripes said...

Your tartlets look wonderful! I love them. I'm glad they were a success.

Debbie said...

You are my kind of cook. I break all of the rules too.

Jennifer said...

Carolina, you always make me laugh and your comments on my blog are always so nice.

Your tarts are gorgeous!!

P.S. Sieving the brown sugar was like "pushing a cream puff through a key hole!"

Mermaid Sweets said...

What a great idea making little tarts, they look so pretty. I had a funny (now) moment when I was baking apple pie for a party and realized I didn't have a pie pan and that all the other times I baked pie was at my parent's house with thier pans! I had to DART to the store, and bought the last pie pan.

Carol Peterman said...

I bet caramel sauce with this pie was fantastic! What lucky kids you have that get to come home to treats like this.

Cathy said...

Now THAT is an afterschool treat! I did not press my brown sugar through the sieve either. I did try though (and therefore got the sieve dirty) but it was just not happening. Your pies are beautiful! Love the caramel.

Tracey said...

Yum, I'm sure these were fantastic with caramel sauce! Great job!

happytummy said...

i licked many a spoon too :) your mini pies look fantastic--love the swirl of whipped topping!

Kayte said...

Oh, that looks so good...and so fancy! Can you imagine being a kid and coming home and having that sitting before you? Wow...all that drizzle and goodness. They will remember! Really fun post...it's always fun to get a giggle or two when parading around reading the posts each week. You never disappoint! Great job!

Teanna DiMicco said...

Hahaha I licked SO many spoons during the making of this dessert... pastry cream, whipped cream topping, pastry cream, whipped cream... so good! Love that you improvised and made the mini tarts - they look delicious!

Pam said...

Making the small tarts is a great idea - who needs a pie pan? The only problem is I could eat 2 or 3 of the tarts. The look incredible.

Life with Kaishon said...

Making these for easter brunch. You are the best.

Life with Kaishon said...

PS Happy Easter

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Lucky kids to come home to that! And I love the drizzle!

Maria said...

Love your tart!