Banana-Pecan Caramel Tart
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Servings: 8
- Course: Dessert
Bananas, pecans, and caramel marry in this decadent dessert tart that's a twist on pecan pie. Pre-baking is the secret behind a perfect crust for this elegant and rich tart.
Reynolds Kitchens tip
Line the pastry-filled tart pan with a double thickness of aluminum foil and pre-bake. The double-layer of aluminum foil keeps the crust from bubbling up as it cooks, so the crust remains flat and even when the filling is added.
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water
- 4 small bananas, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Caramel-flavor ice cream topping (optional)
- Vanilla ice cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl stir together flour, the 1 tablespoon sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the 1/2 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, just until dough starts to form. Knead gently for four to five strokes. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer pastry to a 10-inch tart pan. Press pastry into fluted side of pan; trim pastry even with rim. Freeze for 20 minutes.
Prick bottom and side of pastry with a fork. Line pastry with double thickness of aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet. Bake about 15 minutes or until pastry is set. Remove the aluminum foil. Bake about 10 minutes more or until pastry is light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
Place sliced banana in baked pastry shell. Top with pecans. In a small bowl combine eggs, the 1/2 cup sugar, melted butter, and vanilla. Carefully pour over banana and pecans.
Bake about 30 minutes or until filling is set and slightly puffed. Cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. If desired, drizzle with caramel topping and serve with ice cream. Makes 8 servings.