Friday, September 6, 2019

You'll Go Bananas for this Dessert!

Bananas never had it this good since the banana split!  Mary Ann Esposito with the PBS-TV show Ciao Italia dropped by Tonia's Kitchen to talk about her Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Banana Tartlets.  It includes one of our favorite spreads, the ever popular Nutella.  Mary Ann starts with a prepared puff pastry.  She adds the Nutella of course, along with mascarpone cheese, banana and a small amount of whipped cream.  Mary Ann says it's very easy to prepare, but looks like it took hours! (We bet it'll taste like that too!)

(Tortine di Gianduja e Banana)

From Ciao Italia – Five-Ingredient Favorites
Mary Ann Esposito

Serves 4

1 sheet prepared puff pastry
1 cup Nutella
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 banana, sliced

Preheat oven to 425 F

Roll out the sheet of puff pastry onto a clean work surface and into a 12x14 inch rectangle; cut out four 6-inch circles from the rolled dough. Press and line each of the circles into four individual 3 inch tartlet pans with removable bottoms.

Place the tartlet pans on a baking sheet and poke each shell with a fork all over the surface to prevent puffing while baking. Bake the tartlet shells for 7 to 8 minutes, or until they are nicely browned.

Remove the tartlet pans from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

In a medium bowl use a hand mixer to whip the Nutella and mascarpone together with the sugar until well blended.

Place a layer of banana slices in the bottom of each cooled tartlet shell, then spoon the Nutella mixture into the shells. Refrigerate for several hours before serving.