Thursday, May 17, 2012

Double Chocolate & Banana Tart

We have never met a tart we didn't like, and this week was no exception ~

Per Nana:

The selection for this week, double chocolate and banana tart, 
was excellent. I enjoyed using Dorie's "Bonne Idee" to make the
 chocolate Nutella tart, and I was very pleased with the results. 

The chocolate shortbread dough came together so easy and I pressed it into
 the pan before freezing  for 30 minutes.  When it was time to bake the crust 
it was not necessary to use foil or weights.  The crust turned out perfect. 
  I am going to try that with regular tart crust to see if it works as well.
After it cooled I covered the crust with nutella and chilled for an hour.
I have never made a ganache before and was quite surprised
 that is was so simple to prepare.

Because of the size and shape of the tart pan I had some ganache
 left so I dipped some sliced fresh pineapple for a treat.  A little messy 
to work with, but so delicious.  After the ganache had set on the tart I
 sprinkled some chopped hazelnut all over, and finally the banana slices.
Since the pan was square I made 4 rows rather than a circle.
  It was not as pretty, but at this point I could not correct the design
for fear of ruining the ganache. 
This was a fantastic dessert that I hope to use time and time again.

Per Tricia:
I was also very surprised at how easy the delicious and gorgeous 
the ganache was to prepare.  The bananas ? Not so much.  
I underestimated the amount of time it would take for all the "handling" 
of the sliced bananas. Individual slices that get coated in lemon juice ended 
up taking much longer than I originally anticipated and not far into it 
I wondered why I just didn't use strawberries instead. 
This train of thought actually started when I was flipping the individual 
slices that were sauteing in butter, attempting to get them all uniformly
 colored and not scratch my favorite non stick pan.  
The end result of this recipe was delightful to look at, decadent to taste
 and my guys just loved it. This will not be the last we see of this one 
and I look forward to revisiting this with the Nutella and chopped hazelnuts. 
And don't get me started on how much I love this chocolate pastry 
dough. This was the second tart I have prepared with it and it's one 
of my favorite recipes in the entire book. 

Happy French Friday ~


  1. I'm making this one again...getting so many good ideas. Nutella is a great idea and so is the square shape...I think I'll dig out my pan and copy you. You are right, this recipe is delightful and decadent...perfect.

  2. Your square version is gorgeous!!! Glad you all loved this :)

  3. Beautiful job ladies!
    How did I miss the Nutella option? I would have been all over that if I paid attention...

    Have a great weekend

  4. I LOVE the square one too!!!! Now if I can only find MINI square pans, I will be all set! Happy weekend ladies!

  5. How great that you both did square tarts; they look incredible!

  6. Both tarts look delicious and I agree that I've never met a tart I didn't like:) I went the nutella route too Nana! We'll definitely be seeing this one often at our house!

  7. I must have been really reckless with my bananas. The caramelized ones turned to smearable mush, which was fine with me, and I just squirted lemon on the slices for the top and tossed them around in a bowl. I don't do individual banana dipping. haha! Some were a little worse for wear, but whatever. Tasted good. Dipping pineapple in your leftover ganache sounds like a perfect idea!

  8. Love the square tarts ladies! Very pretty! I thought the bananas were a pain to deal with too because they were so slippery but the end result looked so nice that I guess I can't complain too much.

  9. Lovely, lovely! I want a square tart pan!

  10. Looks amazing ladies.

    Nana - I also went with the Nutella Bonne Idee and can vouch that it was darn tasty. Unfortunately, I didn't have any hazelnuts to sprinkle over the top, but maybe next time.

  11. Nana and Tricia - both of your Double Chocolate (Nutella) Tarts look wonderful and so delicious - I love the square baking pan, it looks so different and so pretty! Great idea to use a dufferent shape for this tart and the ganache in both your tarts looks so chocolatey and shiny! Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Nana and Tricia, Both of these tarts look so incredible!! The ganache in both tarts looks insanely decadent! Absolutely beautiful! I love the square tart pans! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy!

  13. Just gorgeous, you two!

    I love the square pan & and am sure I would have liked the addition of nuts. I think I'd make this again with berries of some sort.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  14. Bravo- splendid tarts all around and a stellar dessert!

  15. The square tarts are so pretty. I was tempted to try the Nutella version, but ran out of time.

  16. Both versions look lovely and I like the square idea!
    peggy (Necessity....)

  17. Great job to both of you! So jealous you were able to try the bonne idee.

  18. Both of your tarts look lovely! I skipped the banana, but it looks delicious. I thought about using raspberries too. Lots of ways to go with this one. So happy you liked it!

  19. Both tarts look fantastic! I love that square tart pan! And strawberries are a great idea - I wish I had thought of that because I didn't like the raw banana on top.

  20. I love the square tart pan, and Nana's idea of sprinkling over toasted hazelnuts is inspired - who can resist chocolate and hazelnuts?

  21. Love the square pan, it looked so beautiful and the bananas in the middle were perfect!

  22. Love the square tarts! I wish I had done the nutella and I think berries would be awesome. The bananas were too fiddly for me.

  23. I'm glad this was a hit for both of you. Yours tarts look beautiful. Nana-the dipped pineapple in the ganache sounds wonderful.

  24. I'm crazy for these square tarts! Once and for all,I'm going to cave in and buy a square tart pan for myself - tomorrow. Both tarts looks ridiculously pretty and I especially like the two different banana arrangements and sprinkling of nuts! Great job as always, ladies :).

  25. I can see that I'm not the only one who loves those square pans! I should have used my rectangle pan; I hate when I forget about the supplies that I have in the pantry!!

  26. I'm loving those square tarts too. Both of your creations are lovely!

  27. I really love seeing both of your versions of baking. This week your tarts are A++

  28. Tricia...well done...I can imagine how great this is. After seeing what the rest of the Doristas have come out with , I will make it for my Piggies when they come back for their hols :) I can't eat all this by myself :)) I will grow sideways :))) but have bookmarked it !

  29. Your tarts look amazing! I love the square tart pan. Great job on doing the bananas on the top, both of them look good. Glad that you all enjoyed them!

  30. Both of your tarts look incredible. I think I've said this before, but I really love the look of your square pans!