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Nutella and Banana Tarts and a Giveaway #32

4 Star, Giveaway, Tart | 20th July 2013 | By

I’ve recently fallen in love with pastry. I’ve always enjoyed eating it, but hate making it. I found it tedious and the results were usually disappointing. However, this year I’ve turned a corner and now find it less of a chore to make and despite using different recipes I’ve had a number of successes. It’s taken me a long time, but now I want to make tarts -lots of them. I even bought six more tartlet tins for a recent pop-up I was catering for, which brings the count up to ten. When I was sent a little Nutella book, 30 Nutella Recipes, a few weeks ago to see what I thought of it, I had no hesitation in deciding which recipe I was going to try first. Banana and Nutella tartlets it had to be.

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly – no surprises there. I used some wholemeal flour in the pastry and one whole egg rather than two egg yolks. As I used a large duck egg, I had no need to add the required milk. And I found I only needed to use two rather than the three bananas stated.

This is how I made:

Banana and Nutella Tartlets

  • Cut 180g unsalted butter into 255g flour (half wholemeal, half white). Added a large pinch of rock salt and a tbsp of vanilla sugar (caster).
  • Rubbed the butter into the flour with my hands until it resembled breadcrumbs.
  • Added one large duck egg (which was actually a little too big and made for a rather damp mixture).
  • Quickly mixed into a ball, put it into a plastic bag and placed in the fridge for an hour.
  • Rolled the pastry out and cut circles to fit six 10 cm tartlet tins (although I actually made 11).
  • Baked at 200C for 10 minutes.
  • Spread 1 tbsp of Nutella over each of the six tartlet bases.
  • Cut 2 bananas into slices and lay a sixth of the slices over the Nutella. The recipe stated 3 bananas, so I guess it depends on their size.
  • Roughly chopped 50g macadamia nuts and scattered the pieces over the banana.
  • Put back in the oven and baked for a further 10 minutes.

I ate the first one whilst it was still warm from the oven and it was absolutely scrumptious, They had slightly caramelised around the edges and the banana and Nutella together made for a winning combination. I was very tempted to wolf down another one, but restrained myself. The tarts were almost as good cold. However, the bananas started to go brown after a couple of hours out of the oven. When I make these again, as I surely will, I will try dipping the banana slices in lemon juice which should help retain their colour.

The pastry made enough for eleven tartlets rather than the six stated in the recipe, but that was fine. The cases would keep for a while and I could use them for other purposes. However, I did feel that the quantities were a little off, not everyone wants lumps of spare pastry hanging around their fridge or freezer.

The book comes in the shape of a Nutella jar which is really rather fun. I liked the sturdy design with its thick, almost cardboard like pages that lie flat (ish) once opened. Each recipe is on one page with a rather delectable picture of the finished article on the opposite side. The recipes themselves are really quite interesting and I will certainly be trying out a few more. The financiers as made recently by the Caked Crusader are definitely on my list as is the coconut coulants, tuiles and mango spring rolls. If nothing else, this book shows you there is a lot more to Nutella than simply spreading it on bread. However, if you’re a real Nutella fan, this book is definitely for you.

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    Jane Willis
    20th July 2013

    My favourite way? You’d probably have the blog closed for indecency if I told you……

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    Johanna GGG
    20th July 2013

    These tarts look amazing – worth getting your pastry mojo working for – I have got better at pastry even though my last attempt was pitiful – but still avoid it where possible. I would made pastry for these tarts though

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    Janine
    20th July 2013

    I honestly mistook the picture of the book for a real nutella jar. I’d be pretty interested to see this book as my main (and favourite)way of eating nutella is straight from the jar…

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    Laura Denman
    20th July 2013

    I’m afraid I can’t narrow it down to just one. I love Nutella on toast, on strawberries, on cakes, in cakes, straight out of the jar… =)

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    Emma
    21st July 2013

    I wonder whether there’s a recipe in the book for Nutella frozen yoghurt, the version I made was really nice πŸ™‚

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    belleau kitchen
    21st July 2013

    isn’t it funny how something simple like pastry can be such a chore and yet once you master its simplicity and get that light touch you need it can be a joy to make and play around with… these tarts really look fabulous and banana and nutella must be a match made in heaven… so I would say my fave way of eating nutella is how you’ve made them!

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    Di
    21st July 2013

    with warm Croissants mmmmmmmm yummy πŸ™‚

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    Foodie Quine
    21st July 2013

    My daughter would LOVE this! On holiday in Italy she ate Nutella Pizza. Its her new favourite way to eat it and we will be attempting to recreate at home..

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    Becky G
    21st July 2013

    It sounds very random but Nutella on Jacobs cream crackers is amazing! Me and my son love it.

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    The Caked Crusader
    21st July 2013

    These look lovely – I love banana in baking but no one else in my family does. I suppose I could make these and eat them all myself!

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    Lynne D
    22nd July 2013

    Nutella on toast is lovely

  12. Leave a Reply

    Tracy
    23rd July 2013

    With breadsticks – kind of a giant version of the chocolate kp dips I had as a child πŸ™‚

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    Faye Huntington
    23rd July 2013

    I prefer my Nutella melted inside of two warm crusts of a loaf of bread.. deeeelicious!! With love, Faye xx

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    fozia Akhtar
    23rd July 2013

    I am very impatient and Nutella is irresistible…so for me it is straight from the jar..no time for a spoon.. I use my fingers!

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    24th July 2013

    I’m thrilled I found your blog. Wow that looks like quite the dessert, i know my husband would go bonkers for it! Nutella is something we always have on hand!

    I really enjoyed my visit today, please stop by when you have a moment, I love company, and new friends are always welcome!

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    JUDITH LUSCOMBE
    24th July 2013

    Spread on Rich Tea biscuits

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    Ange Wh
    25th July 2013

    I’ve only ever eaten it out the jar, so this would educate me lol

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    claire constable
    25th July 2013

    in nutella cupcakes

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    squeakymom
    27th July 2013

    From the jar, on a spoon! Or on toasted muffins! Or as a cake filling! Or, or, or, Do I really have to choose???

  20. Leave a Reply

    Woody
    28th July 2013

    Love Nutella!! I make a little instant dessert with a digestive biscuit, spread of Nutella, topped with a sliced strawberry and a walnut half. Yum.

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    Anonymous
    30th July 2013

    On toast with some marshmallows on top and then popped under the grill!

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    cherribubbles bonbon
    30th July 2013

    ok now i’m blushing… it took me ages to get through the comments, you greedy lot! πŸ˜‰ anyway, i like nutella straight out of the jar and i tell myself that by completely by-passing the bread/toast i’m keeping the carbs down and can therefore have twice as much nutella as i would have done! simple maths really! πŸ˜€

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    Moonix
    1st August 2013

    Smothered on the hairless chest of my other half πŸ˜€ lmao

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    Fiorentina Giannitto
    3rd August 2013

    In pancackes yum x

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    lisaell
    15th August 2013

    I do love nutella on toast however you cant beat a nutella and banana sandwich.

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    Diane
    15th August 2013

    straight out of the jar with a spoon! Really need to try some of these more sophisticated ways!

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    Anonymous
    16th August 2013

    My mum just eats it from a spoon or with crepes πŸ™‚

    Jamie

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