ffwD: Double Chocolate & Banana Tartlets

I’m usually not a fan of fruit and chocolate, but when I saw caramelized bananas in this week’s ffwD recipe, it seemed promising. As usual, whenever I make any of Dorie’s tart doughs, it’s only enough to hand-press into five tartlet shells. (I tried rolling out her tart dough once, and it was a disaster.) One downside to having multiple tartlet shells is that there’s more opportunity for an errant shell to flip and break. This time it happened as I was taking the shells out of the oven, and I was left with four chocolate tartlet shells. I suppose this was a good thing because my caramelized banana slices turned into caramelized banana mush, and I wasn’t sure I’d have enough to “spread” across five tartlet shells anyway. So being down one shell and having only caramelized banana mush to spread, the chocolate ganache behaved itself and turned out perfectly for me.

On a more positive note, my mother was actually excited to try these tartlets because of the amazing smell of the caramelized bananas. When she took a bite, she proclaimed it “sinful” and “delicious”. This is promising. My mother has now approved two Dorie dessert tarts (the other being Dorie’s orange-almond tartlets). And anytime I’ve got a mother-approved recipe, it’s a keeper!

To see how others fared with double chocolate & banana tarts, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

89 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thekalechronicles
    May 18, 2012 @ 00:32:11

    Get those bananas away from my chocolate, please.

  2. Food,Photography & France
    May 18, 2012 @ 01:03:00

    They are delicious, sinful and sexy looking tarts!

  3. Krissy
    May 18, 2012 @ 01:48:14

    So glad your mother approved. I have a hard time with chocolate and bananas…not a great flavor combo for me, however, I did like this tart and will do it again soon, but with raspberries or something different…just for fun. I really like the crust and the ganache, but the caramelized bananas were a little off. I did them twice because the first time I also thought they were too mushy.

  4. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    May 18, 2012 @ 02:20:41

    Good to know your mother approved! I like the idea of mini tartlets. They serve as a great individual treat. This must have been the perfect dessert for the weekend. πŸ™‚

  5. Choc Chip Uru
    May 18, 2012 @ 02:41:59

    These are

  6. rebeccasubbiah
    May 18, 2012 @ 03:37:51

    your a star love hearing about your adventures in the kitchen

  7. Alice
    May 18, 2012 @ 04:06:42

    wow! πŸ™‚ i’m passing this week on TWD and FFWD since I’m just too tired to cook or bake and blog about it, so I’m going to make these over the weekend – but how funny! I was worried this would make a HUGE tart! I feel your pain with flipping the tarts out of their shells though….

  8. Cher
    May 18, 2012 @ 07:02:52

    This one kind of reminded me of the chocolate tarts we did for TWD.
    I think the recipe should have called for twice as many caramelized bananas – definitely not enough to “spread”.

  9. Paula@Vintage Kitchen notes
    May 18, 2012 @ 07:04:01

    I agree on the shells, they were too fragile, and the bananas soften up quickly. Your individual tarts are perfect!

  10. Amy
    May 18, 2012 @ 07:18:34

    Oooh…love what you did with this, probably because we love individual desserts – so we don’t have to share!

  11. cookingsgood
    May 18, 2012 @ 08:02:33

    These tartlets look fantastic and I love the look of those caramelized bananas. Would love to try them.

  12. alwaysaddmorebutter
    May 18, 2012 @ 08:02:45

    Your tartlets are so cute! My caramelized bananas didn’t keep their shape either. Oh well – good thing we covered them with delicious chocolate! πŸ™‚

  13. TrafficDiva
    May 18, 2012 @ 08:12:34

    I know your Mom. I know your mom’s cooking and what an amazing cook she is. I know you and how amazing your cooking is. That’s double the Yummy factor! And if she says they’re “sinful”…OMG, Yummy…you make have just outdone yourself!

  14. Ei
    May 18, 2012 @ 08:13:10

    I don’t honestly see how 1/8th inch thick slices of bananas COULD keep their shape when caramelized, even though the recipe definitely read like they were supposed to. Maybe if they were great honkin’ chunks, but not such delicate slices. Count me in the Banana Mush column.

  15. Inger Wilkerson
    May 18, 2012 @ 08:51:04

    I think the small tarts are more elegant–and (those that survived) look fabulous!

  16. oneexpatslife
    May 18, 2012 @ 09:18:44

    Ooh, I did love that orange almond tart. That might still be my favorite Dorie dessert. This one was good, but quite rich, I could only manage one slice.

  17. Life is Full
    May 18, 2012 @ 09:42:10

    Tartlets are so charming! Great job!! πŸ™‚

  18. Kathy
    May 18, 2012 @ 11:05:06

    I made tartlets, too! Yours look gorgeous! How wonderful that they’re mother approved!

  19. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    May 18, 2012 @ 11:48:44

    Of course your mom will approve this. Looks delicious!!! But honestly, reading your experience I know that I’d probably fail in the middle… I am not very good with anything that require baking and I’m even more scared to try making shell… I know practice will probably make me feel comfortable and I got to start somewhere, but…until then… fear! LOL. I wish I can eat this without making it on my own…. hmmm… send me some? =D Have a great weekend!

  20. Kanan
    May 18, 2012 @ 12:32:09

    wow there are looking so delicious.

  21. ceciliag
    May 18, 2012 @ 13:25:19

    what a great combo of tastes and love the small portions, something sweet like this is always better when you only have a little.. c

  22. Just A Smidgen
    May 18, 2012 @ 16:38:32

    This are so shiny and pretty.. I hope you gobbled up the broken crust:)

  23. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    May 18, 2012 @ 17:23:13

    I do have to say that I also encountered the carmelized banana much problem. I thought it was just me…

  24. C
    May 18, 2012 @ 17:34:05

    These are too pretty to eat.

  25. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    May 18, 2012 @ 18:30:00

    I’m not a banana fan, but those are really pretty.

  26. Norma Chang
    May 18, 2012 @ 18:30:19

    Chocolate and banana, I will take two please on,second thought 3. They are small.

  27. Heather
    May 18, 2012 @ 19:44:06

    caramelized bananas smell heavenly!

  28. amanda
    May 18, 2012 @ 20:22:59

    What is it about the little tart shells that makes them so prone to jumping out of your hands?! I made two little ones and lost one in the sink. Annoying! Your tarts look very delicious though!

  29. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    May 18, 2012 @ 21:59:52

    Tiny tarts — what a great idea!

  30. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog)
    May 18, 2012 @ 22:58:22

    Okay, this non-chocolate lover is well, loving this yummy chocolate treat!!! I love the idea of caramelizing the bananas:-) They look so pretty too! Hugs, Terra

  31. Miriam
    May 18, 2012 @ 23:08:36

    Amazing yummy!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  32. Elaine
    May 18, 2012 @ 23:12:31

    Very cute tartlets. I’m glad your mom enjoyed hers.

  33. hotlyspiced
    May 18, 2012 @ 23:59:17

    These look amazing. I’ve had disasters with pie shells too. Chocolate and banana go so well together. I love how you decorated them. xx

  34. Ms Jelena
    May 19, 2012 @ 00:58:57

    YUM!!! They look amazing and so delicious! x

  35. Sarah, Maison Cupcake
    May 19, 2012 @ 03:33:14

    These are calling my name! Banana and caramel together are wonderful!

  36. Cakelaw
    May 19, 2012 @ 05:06:59

    Your tarts look great – but I want to steal your gorgeous plate.

  37. Erin E
    May 19, 2012 @ 05:18:05

    Too funny! I will be seeing if this is a mom-aproved recipe today! Your tarts look delicious, love the little tartlets!

  38. kitchen flavours
    May 19, 2012 @ 06:26:14

    This looks divine! Wouldn’t mind to have a few right now!

  39. ohfishiee
    May 19, 2012 @ 08:23:11

    banana is so good with some chocolates! everyone’ favourite there!

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  40. Andi winslow
    May 19, 2012 @ 08:23:46

    Mommy approved. Love it. Andi

  41. dulceshome
    May 19, 2012 @ 10:28:04

    I often have “issues”. Your tarts look delicious. I ran out of time so punted and did the Nutella version, but reading about the caramelized bananas makes me want to try that version. Hmmm… I have extra ganache (my “issue this time), maybe some banana on top? My Mom (and Dad) liked the tart too.

  42. mary
    May 19, 2012 @ 10:46:58

    these are really impressive – they look SO perfect – I usually don’t like fruit and chocolate either but I think banana is different – they really are gorgeous!
    mary x

  43. Simply Life (@SimplyLifeBlog)
    May 19, 2012 @ 10:52:19

    oh these look incredible!

  44. Amanda
    May 19, 2012 @ 11:09:37

    the look and sound perfect. Bummer you only got 4. I would probably eat 4 by myself. πŸ˜‰

  45. Frankly Entertaining (@frentertaining)
    May 19, 2012 @ 12:08:42

    My caramelized bananas turned into mush too. Thankfully it didn’t alter the flavor!

  46. sara
    May 19, 2012 @ 12:59:18

    These are gorgeous! The caramelized bananas sound awesome!

  47. saucycooks
    May 19, 2012 @ 13:17:27

    I don’t even like bananas and I’m craving one of these! Temptress!!!

  48. saucycooks
    May 19, 2012 @ 13:19:02

    I don’t even like bananas and I’m craving one of these! Temptress!!!

    Jill~ a SaucyCook (http://saucycooks.com)

  49. Mary Hirsch
    May 19, 2012 @ 13:42:59

    At last, someone who didn’t have success with the caramelized bananas. While I am sorry for your woes, I am happy to know I wasnb’t alone in my caramelization misery. I just think I needed thicker banana slices. But, according to your Mom, mush wasn’t so bad. I actually laughed while reading your Post. It just was frustration turned into not-so-bad!

  50. Jamie-Lee Burns
    May 19, 2012 @ 17:28:45

    okay um wow. I never would have thought to make a little banana tart like that – banana chocolate cake is always good though so I can only imagine what this is like! I can imagine caramelizing them would have been difficult!

  51. rondamkisner
    May 19, 2012 @ 18:21:33

    I am so glad that you liked it.

  52. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    May 19, 2012 @ 18:51:57

    They look beautiful and i am sure taste sinfully divine! I love individual tarts. So much cuter.

  53. Louise
    May 19, 2012 @ 20:29:53

    Oh my heavens aren’t they the cutest things! I can only imagine how scrumptious they must have been. I must say caramelized bananas are my very best favorite!

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  54. betsy
    May 19, 2012 @ 20:37:31

    My caramelized bananas were total mush too, but they still tasted great. Minis were a good way to go on this one, especially because the sliced bananas on top won’t keep. Glad your mom approved.

  55. cooking-varieties (wan)
    May 20, 2012 @ 02:12:56

    hi yummy chunklet. they look very pretty in your pic, i am sure the banana and chocolate add a lot of yummy flavor to the tartlets… never eaten this before.. happy sunday

  56. Maureen (@OrgasmicChef)
    May 20, 2012 @ 04:15:29

    I’m not big on chocolate and fruit either but this looks fantastic! The caramelized bananas would be perfect!

  57. Liz
    May 20, 2012 @ 09:18:45

    Yeah, there is no way my dough was rollable either!!! I was glad to get it pressed in :/ Sorry about the lost shell and banana mush, but glad your mom enjoyed…my hubby did, too…shocked me!

  58. machisan
    May 20, 2012 @ 09:44:56

    Lovely post and recipes as usual.

  59. Ameena
    May 20, 2012 @ 10:18:22

    I’m not usually a fan of fruit and chocolate either. I never understood the appeal of chocolate covered strawberries, etc. But this looks really delicious!

  60. sally
    May 20, 2012 @ 15:57:56

    Oh my gosh! I want one of these right now!

  61. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    May 20, 2012 @ 22:00:45

    very nice! I can’t wait to make these. YUM.

  62. Betty
    May 20, 2012 @ 23:32:02

    Even banana mush is great with chocolate. πŸ™‚ I think these look yummy!

  63. Elin
    May 20, 2012 @ 23:45:17

    Great idea making them into tartlets ….I think I will make them into tartlets too when I am ready to make them for my Piggies. Great presentation !

  64. Anna @ the shady pine
    May 21, 2012 @ 05:33:44

    Caramelised bananas can make everything so much better….I just adore them!

  65. ohfishiee
    May 21, 2012 @ 06:19:39

    i enjoy the banana and chocolate which adds sweetness to the dessert! awesome :))

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  66. JasmyneTea
    May 21, 2012 @ 06:39:57

    Looks amazing! I’d love to add some peanut butter to the ganache, mmmmm…

  67. Beth
    May 21, 2012 @ 06:42:04

    Despite your problems, they definitely turned out beautifully. And I agree about mom-approved recipes. Now you’ve got me curious about those orange-almond tarts. They sound like the kind of thing I’d love!

  68. Parsley Sage
    May 21, 2012 @ 08:50:19

    That totally looks SINFUL and DELICIOUS! Sorry it was a pain in the process but it looks totally worth the frustration. WOWSA!

  69. Sandy
    May 21, 2012 @ 08:51:17

    I agree with you about the banana mush..Next time I would slice them a little thicker..I let my mush cook a little longer until it got a cripy caramelized edge to it before placing it in the bottom of my tart. They look so pretty on your tray

  70. Reem | Simply Reem
    May 21, 2012 @ 10:16:18

    These look adorable!!!
    Banana and Chocolate…Yes Please..

  71. atasteofmadess
    May 21, 2012 @ 11:55:45

    Oh wow, this looks ridiculously good! I just bought tart pans (thinking that they were the bigger ones since I ordered them online) but now I can make these! Yum!

  72. Healthiful Balance
    May 21, 2012 @ 11:59:47

    This looks AMAZING! I love chocolate and bananas and I know I would love this, too. πŸ™‚

  73. triciaandnana
    May 21, 2012 @ 12:05:13

    So nice you could have your mom taste test these ! Nana did hers early and share with my family. I got mine done just under the deadline but the guys loved it all the same. I am loving that ganache and will revisit with raspberries for sure……

  74. Jana
    May 21, 2012 @ 12:08:31

    Gorgeous dear!!!
    So fantastic πŸ™‚
    Un besito ^^

  75. Kristin
    May 21, 2012 @ 12:39:12

    Chocolate and banana…such a perfect combo!

  76. erica @ fashionmeetsfood.com
    May 21, 2012 @ 13:40:23

    Oh my goodness these look so good and they are so pretty! xo

  77. eatinglikeahorse
    May 21, 2012 @ 15:23:51

    Bananas were made to be caramelised, in my opinion! I bet with the crust and ganache, this was amazing and I agree; a bigger pile of banana is definitely better πŸ™‚

  78. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    May 21, 2012 @ 16:24:21

    Great photos! These banana tartlettes look scrumptious!

  79. Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking
    May 21, 2012 @ 17:33:24

    What a stunning pair of tarts! These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!

  80. bakingaddict
    May 21, 2012 @ 17:52:11

    Chocolate and bananas are a great combination – even better in tart form!

  81. Amy (Savory Moments)
    May 21, 2012 @ 19:49:58

    Caramelized bananas + chocolate = YUM!!

  82. Katerina
    May 22, 2012 @ 10:54:06

    Apart from this tinny misfortune with the tartelette, they look perfect ans luscious! I would love a bite!

  83. jora
    May 22, 2012 @ 11:25:51

    My caramelized bananas turned into mush, too. Luckily they still tasted great! I always love the look of your tartlets.

  84. kathleen
    May 23, 2012 @ 15:31:20

    I think your mini tartlets look terrific and is a great idea for a future make of mine!

  85. Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate
    May 23, 2012 @ 23:01:00

    Individual tarts are the way to go. You know I love bananas and chocolate, and these are just perfect. Can’t wait to make them!

  86. Ckay
    May 29, 2012 @ 09:46:39

    WOOOW! Just a simple WOOOOOOW!
    They look so good! I haven’t made the chocolate tartlets from TWD-Baking with Julia yet (I have to wait for the next month with the extra Tuesday!) but those one looks so much better than the one in the book!
    Well done!

  87. Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious
    May 30, 2012 @ 20:00:05

    You got me at “banana”. LOVE this combo, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  88. Sandra - The Foodie Affair
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 00:31:11

    What beautiful looking tartlets! Great combination of flavors.

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