Chocolate Frangipane Tart with Banana and Salted Caramel
I can hear you already. Here she goes again another Tart……and chocolate too. I made this tart when I was going to lunch at a friends house. I asked what kind of dessert they would like and they said chocolate so, this was my contribution. Its a kind of take on a banoffee pie. Its got banana and chocolate and salted caramel thrown in. What’s great about this is will last for days. It will survive a strenuous trip in the car and it will be easy to cut.
And now you are asking……”whats frangipane”? Isn’t that a flower? Ha, in the pastry world……. it’s a mixture that is light and fluffy from vigorous mixing and it is made by beating butter and sugar then adding eggs and most usually almond meal. Like other recipes it can be adapted to suit what you have and what you can eat. Frangipane is a great base for a tart because it makes a deliciously moist and soft filling that holds any fruit in place, any fruit at all…….. apricots, strawberries, raspberries, peaches….is it winter?…..quinces, citrus fruit, apple, rhubarb, pears…. really, it is the best. To make the mixture light and fluffy I used pure icing sugar so that the sugar didn’t have to break down and melt into the butter before it gets fluffy and light. I also used hazelnut flour and added cocoa to make an unusual chocolate flavoured frangipane. You can do the same or just make a sexy almond meal one. I like to pre-bake my tart case. This isn’t compulsory, but I like it this way. The base of your tart case can be painted with jam and then filled with the frangipane mix before placing fruit on the top and baking. For my chocolate one I did it a bit differently.
Strawberry Frangipane Tart recipe here
- 1- ½ cups plain flour (200gm)
- ¼ cup pure icing sugar (40gm)
- 125 gm (1 stick)chilled unsalted butter, chopped
- 1 egg ( 70gm)
- 1 Tablespoon of cold water
- 200gm softened unsalted butter
- 150gm sifted pure icing sugar
- 100gm Hazelnut flour
- 100gm dutch cocoa ( or 200gm almond meal, gluten free flour or other)
- 2-3 bananas
- 125gm ( 4.45oz)caster sugar
- 1 Tablespoons water
- 2 drops of lemon juice (add to water)
- 200gm (7 oz) chopped cold butter (can be salted but watch the amount of salt you add later on)
- 50ml ( ¼ cup) thickened cream
- ¼ teaspoon flaked (maldon) sea salt or salt to taste.
- Make the pastry by adding the flour and sugar to a food processor along with chilled cubed butter and a smigen of salt and blitz this mixture till it is combined and looks a bit like dried crumbs. Mix the egg and chilled water and beat together. Add all but a tiny drop of the egg mix and blitz. The pastry should come together in a soft ball. If there are still a lot of dry bits then add the rest of the liquid and blitz.
- Turn onto a bench and flatten the dough, wrap in plastic and put into the fridge till chilled.(20minutes) Once rested bring the dough out and let it soften 5 minutes before rolling to fit your tart case. You can roll it out with a little flour and put it between a couple of pieces of baking paper. Put the prepared tart tin in the fridge to firm up the pastry (15-30 minutes), the freezer works well.
- Bake the pastry case blind ( Line with paper, fill with beans and bake. Remove the paper after 15 minutes and finish baking the tart without the beans and paper till golden, Cool)
- Using an electric mixer beat the butter and icing sugar till very light in colour and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and them the cocoa. beating all the time. Add the flour of nut meal and beat through. Set this aside (It can be done the day before, take it out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature before using)
- Put cut bananas onto the tart case and then spread the frangipane on top.
- Bake for 30- 35 minutes testing by pressing your finger tips into the middle. it will be soft but have a little give. Cool
- Have all of the ingredient s ready including the butter cut into cubes, the cream and a whisk.
- Put the sugar into a small saucepan. Swirl to combine the liquid and dissolve the sugar. When the sugar is dissolved turn the heat up a little. Watch while it starts to colour. I like to let it get very dark before adding the cream and stirring. Take off the heat. Next add the butter ⅓ at a time whisking well. You will end up with a dark shiny sauce. Add a ¼ teaspoon of flaked or sea salt and stir. Pour onto the tart and tilt from side to side so the caramel spreads easily
Praline recipe here
Making chocolate frangipane
Recipe for Hazelnut Semi freddo HERE
Here a quick peek at making salted caramel and putting the tart together.
Semi freddo recipe can be found in “recipes”