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Tastes Like Summer

Coconut & Banana Tartelette

I was surprised when I went out last week and I felt this warm breeze playing with my hair. That’s unusual ! I got used of chilly gust around here…

I’m so happy that summer is on its way back !

Roses and hydrangeas are unfolding day after day…

Ducklings are getting bigger…

And I ?

I’m organizing our holidays for the end of this year, enjoying the sun and lately I craved for my Mum’s tarte à la banane ! I also found the way back to my computer (finally !) to share it with you.

Of course that’s not the authentic one, I mean like my Mum is used to do it.

Why ?

I can’t. I simply can’t. I’m always disappointed when I try to cook something I really like she does. There’s always this ‘je ne sais quoi‘ missing…

So I kept the main ingredients: banana and coconut. I flavoured the pâte sablée with some coconut powder and a touch of vanilla and I glazed the bananas with a caramel of muscovado and coconut cream.

The outcome ? – Delectable !


Coconut & Banana Tartelettes (Makes 7 tartelettes)
70g flour
50g coconut powder (or ground shred coconut)
1 egg yolk
45g icing (confectioner) sugar
30g diced unsalted butter at room temperature
1 vanilla bean split and seeded (optional)
2 bananas
15g muscovado
25g coconut cream
Mix together flour, coconut powder, sugar and vanilla seeds // Add butter and knead lightly with your fingertips // Add egg yolks and knead quickly to combine all the ingredients // Shape the pastry into a disc shape, wrap it with a plastic film and store it in the fridge for 30 minutes // Softly roll down the dough (around 3 to 4 mm thick) on a dusted flour surface// Cut pastry with a cookie cutter (I used 7cm diam) and place on a baking tray covered with baking paper and store them in the fridge for additional 30 minutes // Preheat oven to 190°C // Slice bananas and arrange them on each tartelette // Stir together coconut cream and muscovado and spread it on the top of banana slices // Bake for 8 to 10 minutes // Remove from oven and wait a minute or two before transferring to a cooling tray.

Printable Recipe Coconut & Banana Tartelettes

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Forgive Me or Not…

It’s back to school, or back to work for most of you in the Northern hemisphere.

I’m happy this year, I’m not following the massive French move of vacationers ! Now, everything is upside down.

Anyway, I had homework to do and I just procrastinated, like if I would be on holiday also… So it came back to me, and that’s part of the reason I did not post this week.

I thought these little sweets would be a good way to forgive my lack of post…

These tiny tartlets are easy and quickly made. I did them with the emblematic kiwifruit –Zespri to be more accurate. To balance kiwifruit acidity, I simply made a banana purée.

Useless to say that you can do them with your own favorite or seasonal fruits or do a savory version, for an apéritif.

I was hesitating to post the recipe as I guess everybody have already made tart in his life, but just in case…

Kiwifruit tartlets
For 12 tartlets (6 cm diameter)

Pastry (pâte brisée)
250g flour
120g unsalted butter
2 tbsp caster sugar
60ml water
1tbsp of orange blossom water (to flavor the pastry, but optional)
1 pinch of salt
2 kiwifruits
1 banana
In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt // In a sauce pan melt butter over low fire and let it cool for a while // Pour melted butter in flour, add water and orange blossom water // Knead quickly to combine. Do not over knead // Roll the dough in a ball shape, wrap it with plastic film and store it in the fridge for one hour // Preheat the oven to 200°C // Roll the dough out on a dusted flour surface // Cut 12 discs into the pastry to fill tartlet tins // Prick with a fork the bottom of tartlets // Pour an handful baking beans or dry beans in each tartlet // Bake for 18 minutes // Remove baking beans and cook for 10 more minutes at 175°C // Remove from oven and place on a cooling tray // Peel and mash banana to make a soft purée // Peel and slice kiwifruits // Gently spoon banana purée into cooled tartlet shell and top with a slice of kiwifruit
Printable recipe for kiwifruit tartlets

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