Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

  • Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

    Confession: I’ve never read the Harry Potter series.

    I KNOW.  I, too, am wondering what took me so long.  I’ve seen some of the movies.  And thanks to my best friend, I’ve even been to a number of book release parties back in the day.  But for some reason, I just never got around to reading the books.  I finally started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone last week.  I’m now on the third book (Prisoner of Azkaban) and I’m hooked and I can’t stop.

    Once I finish the series, I’m going to plop myself on the couch and watch all the movies in order. According to wikipedia that’s 1,179 minutes…a whopping 19 hours and 39 minutes.  I’m going to need plenty of snacks to finish that marathon.  That’s where this banana butterscotch almond tart comes into play.

    Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

    Don’t settle for regular old banana cream pie (unless it’s my banana cream tart with caramel and shaved chocolate).  This banana butterscotch almond tart is better.  Sure, it’s a mouthful of a name, but it’s one heck of a dessert.

    Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

    The crust is simply a mixture of chocolate wafers, toasted almonds and butter.  There’s a layer of sliced bananas underneath the butterscotch pastry cream (that’s slightly spiked with a little whiskey).  And on top of all of that is a sweetened whipped cream with lots of crunchy little cacao nibs.

    Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

    It’s a sweet, satisfying and magical dessert.  It would be a fantastic flavor for Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.  Speaking of magical foods, I may have to pour myself a mug of butterbeer very soon.

    Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

    Don't settle for banana cream pie. Go the distance with banana butterscotch almond tart. The crust is made with chocolate wafers and toasted almonds. Underneath the whiskey spiked butterscotch pastry cream is a layer of sliced bananas. And on top of it all is a sweetened whipped cream with lots of crunchy little cacao nibs.

    Ingredients:

    Chocolate Crust:

    • 20 chocolate wafers
    • 1/2 cup toasted almonds
    • 1/4 cup butter, melted, slightly cooled

    Butterscotch Pastry Cream:

    • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 3 Tbsp corn starch
    • 1 Tbsp whiskey
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 2-3 ripe bananas, sliced

    Topping:

    • 3/4 cup heavy cream, chilled
    • 2 Tbsp confectioners' sugar, sifted
    • cacao nibs, as needed

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a food processor, pulse together chocolate wafers and toasted almonds until mixture resembles coarse sand.  Add melted butter and continue to pulse until mixture is moist.  Transfer mixture to a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.
    2. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan.  Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Midway through baking, if you notice that the crust is puffing up, remove from oven and gently press crust back down using the flat bottom of a drinking glass.  Continue to bake until crust is set.  Let cool while you prepare pastry filling.
    3. In a medium pot, bring milk and cream to a boil.  Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, brown sugar, and corn starch.  Once the milk has boiled, reduce heat.  Slowly temper hot milk into egg-sugar mixture.  Slow add about 1/4 cup of hot milk into the egg mixture at a time.  Whisk constantly to distribute heat.  Pour all the egg-milk mixture back into the sauce pot.
    4. Over medium heat, continually stir mixture until custard has thickened.  Bring mixture to a boil to cook out cornstarch flavor.  Remove from heat. Whisk in butter.  Add whiskey, vanilla, and salt.  Stir until combined.
    5. Arrange sliced bananas on cooled chocolate almond tart.  Pour butterscotch pastry cream over bananas.  Smooth top.  Store in the fridge uncovered until pastry cream is set and cold.
    6. Whip chilled heavy cream and sifted confectioners' sugar to medium peaks.  Spread over chilled tart.  Top with cacao nibs.  Keep chilled until ready to serve.

    *Enjoy tart within 3 days.  Overtime the pastry cream will start to separate and expel moisture.

    The Little Epicurean

    Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

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    Jen+@+baked+by+an+Introvert

    I’ve never read the books either and I’ve only watched the first movie. Having a movie marathon sounds like a great idea! This tart might not last through the first movie though. It looks delicious!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      It’s the first of a list of desserts and snacks ;) Thanks Jen!

    June Burns

    Looks wonderful! i’ve always been a fan of butterscotch pudding, this looks like a great riff on it :)

    Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

    I was that girl who lined up for each book as it came out (I think I’m showing my age here…). I haven’t re-read Harry for a while, and I think a slice or two of this tart would make revisiting old friends even sweeter. I love the addition of almonds to the crust too!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Amy! I think it’s about time you re-visited Hogwarts ;)

    Anina @ Aninas Recipes

    Yeah, I haven’t read any of the books but love all the movies. Like, where do you find time to read? Great recipe – mouthwatering pics! Thanx!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Anina! I read every night before bed. It’s the only way I can clear out my mind and fall asleep!

    Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    This IS one heck of a dessert. Confession: I’ve never read OR watched Harry Potter! I could definitely be persuaded to start if I had this banana butterscotch almond tart ready and waiting as a treat though. (Also – I think we have the same plates! C&B Outlet??)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Yes! Haha same plates. The wooden cake stand is also from C&B. I miss the C & B outlet in Berkeley SO much.

      Insane! I thought I was among the few in our generation that hasn’t read the books!

    Sarah | Broma Bakery

    I’m with you- I haven’t read them either! Everyone I know thinks I skipped some large chunk of childhood because of it. But no, I just didn’t read the books. You’re definitely making me want to pick them up now, though!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Seriously?! I thought I lacked imagination or something when all my friends were reading the books in high school/college. I just wasn’t interested at the time, but now I’m absolutely in love!

    katie @ butterlust

    whaaaaat! you never read the Harry Potter series?!?! <— how many times have you heard that?! ha! I'm glad you're finally getting around to it! A few years ago I reread them all as an "adult" and loved them just as much as when I was a kid — a sure sign that they're 100% amazing books. And this tart! Beautiful as always — I have some butterscotch pudding in my fridge from a soon-to-come recipe and I can't stop taking fingerfuls of it. So good!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      TOO MANY TIMES! But I totally get it now! I can see why my friends and family were so intent on me reading it back then. I’m currently on book 4 and I’m probably going to be finished with the series by next week :)
      Thank you! Hmm… butterscotch pudding is SO good. Can’t wait to check out your recipe!