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Nutella and Banana Tarts and a Giveaway #32

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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95 Comments

  1. Tracy K Nixon

    20th July 2013 at 1:38 pm

    with a spoon from jar to mouth!

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    • Choclette

      20th July 2013 at 1:40 pm

      have a feeling this is going to be the most popular method 😉

      Reply
  2. mummy24

    20th July 2013 at 1:46 pm

    On toast! Love it right from the jar too though!

    @ashlallan

    Reply
  3. Jane Willis

    20th July 2013 at 2:07 pm

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

    Reply
  4. Johanna GGG

    20th July 2013 at 2:15 pm

    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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  5. Janine

    20th July 2013 at 2:43 pm

    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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  6. Laura Denman

    20th July 2013 at 3:58 pm

    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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  7. Angie Schneider

    20th July 2013 at 6:30 pm

    These tartlets look heavenly!

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  8. laura banks

    20th July 2013 at 7:32 pm

    sticking my finger in the jar

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  9. Jacqueline Meldrum

    20th July 2013 at 8:54 pm

    I made something similar tonight for Cooper using puff pastry, but I added peanut butter. He loved it!

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  10. bloomers

    20th July 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Spreading it on pancakes

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  11. Rebecca Phillips

    20th July 2013 at 11:16 pm

    with a spoon! haha failing that, mixed in with weetabix!

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  12. mellysocks

    20th July 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Made in to ferero rocher type chocolates

    Reply
  13. Emma

    21st July 2013 at 6:16 am

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

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  14. Maya Russell

    21st July 2013 at 6:20 am

    Oh yes, by the spoonful!

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  15. Emma Walters

    21st July 2013 at 6:26 am

    out the jar 🙂

    Reply
  16. belleau kitchen

    21st July 2013 at 6:59 am

    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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  17. mpsandy

    21st July 2013 at 8:10 am

    Spread on digestive biscuits.

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  18. Di

    21st July 2013 at 9:38 am

    with warm Croissants mmmmmmmm yummy 🙂

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  19. scrapper

    21st July 2013 at 8:52 am

    on toast -warms it up

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  20. Wendy Smith

    21st July 2013 at 8:59 am

    I shouldn’t tell you this but straight out of the jar on a teaspoon!

    Reply
  21. Kalyan Panja

    21st July 2013 at 10:23 am

    Putting it over coffee every morning.

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  22. Caroline

    21st July 2013 at 11:20 am

    With a spoon, straight from the jar!

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  23. starwell

    21st July 2013 at 12:42 pm

    on warm croissants – just like the French do…

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  24. Foodie Quine

    21st July 2013 at 2:57 pm

    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..

    Reply
  25. Becky G

    21st July 2013 at 3:38 pm

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

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  26. The Caked Crusader

    21st July 2013 at 3:56 pm

    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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  27. Tammy Tudor

    22nd July 2013 at 11:15 pm

    sounds gross to some but tastes absolutely amazing = nutella on crumpets mmm

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  28. Lynne D

    22nd July 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Nutella on toast is lovely

    Reply
  29. Hannah ONeill

    23rd July 2013 at 6:20 am

    Sandwiched between two rich teas!

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  30. Something to look forward to

    23rd July 2013 at 6:49 am

    With peanut butter in a sandwich.

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  31. Beky Austerberry

    23rd July 2013 at 8:12 am

    On toast or dipping my finger into the jar!

    Reply
  32. Tracy

    23rd July 2013 at 8:54 am

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

    Reply
  33. Anne Graham

    23rd July 2013 at 8:57 am

    Wouldn’t even think about eating crepes without Nutella!

    Reply
  34. Emma Lewis

    23rd July 2013 at 9:06 am

    On a hot pancake!

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  35. manu

    23rd July 2013 at 9:20 am

    Chocolate and banana the perfect combo!

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  36. Faye Huntington

    23rd July 2013 at 10:05 am

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

    Reply
  37. Vikki Sanderson

    23rd July 2013 at 11:03 am

    Forget the spoon. Finger & jar! haha

    Reply
  38. Sarahann Tonner

    23rd July 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I love nutella coated strawberries 🙂

    Reply
  39. Adeinne

    23rd July 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I love eating Nutella with ice cream

    Reply
  40. Ursulab

    23rd July 2013 at 2:34 pm

    on pancakes

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  41. fozia Akhtar

    23rd July 2013 at 3:42 pm

    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!

    Reply
  42. Amy Jacobson

    23rd July 2013 at 5:16 pm

    In a crepe!

    Reply
  43. Hayley

    23rd July 2013 at 6:07 pm

    on pancakes with sliced bananas!

    Reply
  44. Andy Harris

    23rd July 2013 at 7:57 pm

    straight from the spoon

    Reply
  45. Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes

    24th July 2013 at 5:17 am

    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!

    Reply
  46. JUDITH LUSCOMBE

    24th July 2013 at 6:49 am

    Spread on Rich Tea biscuits

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  47. karenrailton

    24th July 2013 at 3:09 pm

    straight out of the jat yummy

    Reply
  48. Cheryl Pasquier

    25th July 2013 at 4:36 am

    Can’t beat a banana, peanut butter and Nutella sandwich 🙂

    Reply
  49. Ange Wh

    25th July 2013 at 5:01 am

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

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  50. 7hippopotamus

    25th July 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Straight from the jar.

    Reply
  51. claire constable

    25th July 2013 at 8:32 pm

    in nutella cupcakes

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  52. Cupcaker

    26th July 2013 at 9:30 pm

    Either straight from the jar or on strawberries. Delish!

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  53. squeakymom

    27th July 2013 at 9:05 pm

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

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  54. Woody

    28th July 2013 at 8:04 am

    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.

    Reply
  55. sally johnston

    29th July 2013 at 6:54 am

    My daughter eats loads of nutella with a spoon straight out the jar

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  56. Jibber JabberUK

    29th July 2013 at 4:11 pm

    On brown toast.

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  57. Anonymous

    30th July 2013 at 5:52 am

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

    Reply
  58. Solange

    30th July 2013 at 11:59 am

    On pancakes

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  59. clair downham

    30th July 2013 at 7:22 pm

    on toast

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  60. Mickie Bull

    30th July 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Out of the jar

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  61. cherribubbles bonbon

    30th July 2013 at 9:11 pm

    ok now i’m blushing… it took me ages to get through the comments, you greedy lot! 😉 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! 😀

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  62. Liesl

    31st July 2013 at 12:41 pm

    With crepes

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  63. Jamie Leigh Martin

    31st July 2013 at 7:34 pm

    With rice cakes!

    Reply
  64. Moonix

    1st August 2013 at 12:38 am

    Smothered on the hairless chest of my other half 😀 lmao

    Reply
  65. Glitterpops

    1st August 2013 at 4:15 pm

    On English muffins, warm from the toaster mmmmmm

    Reply
  66. sarahbox

    1st August 2013 at 5:12 pm

    On pancakes with banana.

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  67. eclairre

    3rd August 2013 at 4:39 am

    off a spoon. haha.

    Reply
  68. Fiorentina Giannitto

    3rd August 2013 at 9:41 pm

    In pancackes yum x

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  69. Jean Bolsover

    4th August 2013 at 1:27 pm

    On toast

    Reply
  70. tupibcn

    7th August 2013 at 10:13 am

    On crusty bread

    Reply
  71. Cutie Candy Pop

    10th August 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Made into ice lolly’s called fudgesicles!

    Reply
  72. gemma clark

    10th August 2013 at 9:06 pm

    on pancakes with strawberrys and banana

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  73. rugmaker

    13th August 2013 at 7:56 pm

    On pancakes

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  74. Paula Harvey

    14th August 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Straight from a jar with the biggest spoon i can find!! 🙂

    Reply
  75. lisaell

    15th August 2013 at 1:58 pm

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

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  76. Diane

    15th August 2013 at 8:27 pm

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

    Reply
  77. angie mummy

    15th August 2013 at 10:38 pm

    On fresh bread

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  78. Angie Hoggett

    16th August 2013 at 8:07 am

    on a chocolate spoon, is that wrong??

    Reply
  79. Anonymous

    16th August 2013 at 9:36 am

    My mum just eats it from a spoon or with crepes 🙂

    Jamie

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  80. Dessallara

    16th August 2013 at 10:46 am

    On white bread with a cup of tea :}

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  81. Anonymous

    16th August 2013 at 11:24 am

    Spread on rich tea biscuits, yum 🙂
    Or straight from the jar if no biscuits in the house!

    butterflyuk83@gmail.com

    Reply
  82. Marrian

    16th August 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Out of the jar with a spoon. :p

    Reply
  83. Sophie

    16th August 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Straight out of the jar!

    Reply
  84. joanna_kow

    16th August 2013 at 7:21 pm

    on a toast

    Reply
  85. krnries

    16th August 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I love Nutella on pancakes!

    Reply
  86. Georgina Ball

    17th August 2013 at 7:19 am

    On toast!

    Reply
  87. Pookledo

    17th August 2013 at 7:42 am

    In Slimming world scan bran ferrero rocher!

    http://www.pookledo.com

    Reply
  88. Anthony Clements

    17th August 2013 at 8:46 am

    On toast

    Reply
  89. IRIELADY

    17th August 2013 at 10:03 am

    On a toasted bagel

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  90. ryanmia02

    17th August 2013 at 10:36 am

    Boring i know but i love it on toast

    Reply
  91. Holly Lovatt

    17th August 2013 at 11:05 am

    with spoon

    Reply
  92. Jaymes Glew

    17th August 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Straight from the jar with a spoon! Mmmm!!

    Reply
  93. Abby Milner

    17th August 2013 at 4:44 pm

    On pancakes with chopped bananas

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  94. Sam Furniss

    17th August 2013 at 5:03 pm

    On Dutch crispbakes!

    Reply

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