March 30, 2007

Tarts Are Sweet

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I told you that cacao nibs would be making an appearance again soon and here they are! I was looking for a topping for my Chocolate Banana Rum Tart and the cacao nibs jumped right out at me. This could have been because my cupboards are overflowing, but I’d like to believe that it was fate. Whatever it was, it was good.


I’ve been meaning to make a tart of some sort for a while now to break in my new tart pans. I suppose they remain ‘new’ until I’ve used them, regardless of how long I’ve actually had them. Before Christmas it seemed like I was making tons of tart recipes and every time I did, I would curse the fact that I didn’t have a tart pan. Instead, I was using springform pans and pushing the crust half way up the sides. This resulted in some interesting and unattractive tarts. I decided that I absolutely had to have tart pans because surely I would use them all the time. I got three of them for Christmas and this was the first time I’ve used one. How did that happen? Why has it taken so long? Maybe I was saving them for a recipe that was really deserving of their lovely tart shape. This one was worthy.


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I bet you’d like to know how to make this tart, wouldn’t you? I decided on the combination and then looked to my favourite source of inspiration for how to make each element. If you want to make my Chocolate Banana Rum Tart this is what you’re going to have to do: first you make Dorie’s chocolate shortbread crust, then you fill it with Dorie’s chocolate pastry cream, (with a hit of rum) and then you top that with rum soaked bananas and cacao nibs. And if you happen to have any leftover rum soaked bananas, (because you purposefully made extra) they’re fantastic in a fruity blended drink.



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18 comments:

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Now you have old tart pans but not worn out ones!
Lovely tart.

Helene said...

That would be great for breakfast! Lovely pics!

Lis said...

I know!!! All I talked about was "if I only had a tart pan, I'd be making this and that and this..." and then Ivonne surprised the hell out of me and sent me a tart pan - I've made 1 tart since. What is up with that? You've inspired me to get on the ball!

Your tart looks way more than good.. holy cow. I've never had rum soaked bananas before.. do you think they'd be appropriate on my morning cereal? :D

Lydia said...

You're going to be glad to have those tart pans when the summer fruit starts to come in. Berry tarts....pear tarts.... delicious, but not as luscious as your chocolate tart!

Ed Bruske said...

My wife has started adding cocoa nibs to her chocolate banana bread. Good stuff. People love it.

dorie said...

Brilynn, the tart looks great! I bet those nibs were perfect with the pastry cream and the sweet bananas. I also bet you're going to get a lot of use out of those "old" tart pans. Aside from the fact that, as you discovered, tart pans really are better for tarts, they're also great ego-boosters because, even if you've never made a tart before (not your case, I know), the pan's beautiful ridges make the dessert look terrific.

Gattina said...

before I went into your post, was thinking if I'd see Doris and rum drink. yes, yes, YES!!!
Me too, took me a while before decided on buying a tart pan. Your tart is totally delicious!

Laurie said...

Your tart is amazingly beautiful and it's from Dorie how could you go wrong, well and the addition of some rum soaked bananas with extra for that drink, oh my!

novice baker said...

hi Brilynn,
You have a delicious blog! This tart seems like a good idea to break into my new tart pan too!

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

I'm always terrified of pastry. You seem to be a master!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Brilynn,
There's a very nice restaurant near the office where we have lunch sometimes (not as often as I'd like to). They serve this spectacular banana tart there and it drives us crazy so good it is!

It's very similar to this one! Tks for sharing!

Peabody said...

You and your rum :)
Be sure to add this picture to your Dorie shrine in the basement.

Mary said...

I love bananas and chocolate. If I wait long enough, you will have posted every one of Dorie's recipes and then I won't have to buy her book. :)

Signed, Mary, recovering member of Cookbooks Anonymous

eliza said...

who can resist chocolate tart with chocolate filling & banannas with lots of rum? yum!

Anne said...

I'd love to have a bite of your chocolate tart :) looks soooo yummy!

Cenk said...
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Cenk said...

Oh wow! This tart looks amazing. How can you go wrong with chocolate and bananas, right? I have got to try that tart dough recipe.

Veron said...

fancy looking tart. I love the circle of bananas.