Whenever I have family in town, I like to make an extra special dessert. With Seattle's recent heat wave, I wanted some light and airy, yet sweet and a bit sinful. Tarts are my jam. You can fill them with almost any cake or filling flavor. I had a bunch of extra bananas I needed to use, so I whipped up a brown butter tart for 'em. Plus the rest of the ingredients are basic pantry stuff I already had!
Kimm's Browned Butter Banana Tart
Pan size: 1 - 9 inch tart shell (with removeable bottom), greased with butter
Oven: 325 degrees F
Prep: Make tart dough one day ahead.
Ingredients for tart shell:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
Ingredients for filling:
2 large bananas, sliced
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Garnish: Powder sugar
Tart Shell recipe:
-In a kitchen mixer, with paddle attachment, cream together: 1/2 cup unsalted soften butter and 1/3 cup white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt until light and fluffy.
-Add: 2 egg yolks and 1 teaspoon vanilla
-Add: 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour. Mix until just combine, wrap in plastic wrap and chill over night.
Par-bake your tart shell:
-Pre heat your oven. Roll out tart dough and press into greased tart pan.
-Put a sheet of parchment paper over tart shell and line with pie weights (or my cheat weight: dried black beans)
-Bake for approx. 30 mins or until golden brown.
-In kitchen aid mixer, with the whisk attachment, whip together: 6 yolks and 3/4 cup sugar until ribbon stage (about 5 minutes on medium speed).
-Melt: 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter in a large skillet. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Cook until butter browns, about 8 mins.
-SLOWLY, pour browned butter into the whipping egg yolks and sugar.
-Add 1/2 cup all purpose flour and mix gently.
-Slice 2 large bananas into slices and line bottom of parbaked tart shell. Pour cake filling over bananas.
-Bake for 35 minutes.
-Cool. Sprinkle with powder sugar.
Not only is this tart delicious by itself, it is equally delicious with vanilla bean gelato, whipped cream, and.or a glass of rose.