We decided on All-American Fare for the 5th of July Concert in the Park theme, and I initially selected two American favorites: Banana Cream Pie and Lemon Meringue Pie. However, I wanted to do something a little different from the traditional versions. I ran some recipe searches and stumbled on the beautiful Tartlette blog post for Banana Cream Pie...with Chocolate and Caramel. Helen created her version by adapting the recipe from the Tartine Bakery & Cafe cookbook, using her own salted butter and caramel sauce, omitting the whipped cream topping, and making tartlettes, of course. I was instantly sold after drooling over her photo and reading the recipe. For the recipe, please visit Tartlette. Spend some time while you're there and enjoy an impressive collection of recipes and photographs.
Here are the photos of my tart. I used a rectangular tart pan and drizzled some extra chocolate ganache over the top. Just look at those layers of chocolate ganache and salted caramel, followed by banana slices buried deep within vanilla pastry cream, and a finale of drizzled ganache. Truly a slice of heaven and one of my new, favorite desserts.
A few more photos during the preparation
Pie weights, or dried beans, both work well. Scrunch up the parchment paper first, so it fits easier into the tart pan over the dough
The cooked tart shell
A layer of chocolate ganache
Followed by a layer of salted caramel
Topped by a layers of pastry cream and sliced bananas. I covered most of the bananas with the pastry cream because it was going to be a few hours before I could serve it at the park and I didn't want the bananas to turn brown. After plating, I drizzled the chocolate sauce over the top.
This recipe, Jessica's Favorite Meyer Lemon Tart, can be found in Susan Goin's Sunday Suppers at Lucques, Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table. It's a wonderful cookbook to add to your collection.
Prior to demolishing the tarts, we savored John's Quack-Mac & Cheese (chicken confit disguised as duck confit), Sandra's rendition of Tyler Florence's Mac N' Cheese with Bacon, Kai's two potato salads and fried chicken, and Pammy's Macaroni Salad...
We're Sailing the South Seas next Sunday, so stay tuned.
Denise & John