Bill Granger recipe: Banana tarte Tatin with cardamom and lime
Sunday 09 February 2014
There are so many different fruits you can use in a tarte Tatin – apples, pears, plums, figs and mangos all work really well.
Plain flour, for dusting
200g puff pastry
Juice 2 limes
5 ripe bananas, halved lengthways
100g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
4 cardamom pods, seeds only, crushed
Crème fraîche or vanilla ice-cream, to serve
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/ Gas6. Lightly dust a surface with flour and roll out the pastry into a circle about 26cm in diameter. Place on to a dusted baking sheet and chill. Squeeze the lime juice over the bananas and set aside.
Melt the butter in a 23cm, heavy-based ovenproof frying pan. Stir in the sugar and cardamom, till the mixture turns a light caramel. Don't worry if the butter and sugar separate. Carefully lay the bananas, cut-side down, into the pan.
Cook on the hob for 2 minutes, until the caramel has become a deep colour. Lay the pastry over the bananas, tucking the edges down into the pan. Prick the pastry with a fork and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden.
To remove the tart from the tin, place a serving plate over the frying pan and invert the pan and the plate with a swift movement. Be careful, as the caramel will be very hot. Serve warm with crème fraîche or vanilla ice-cream.
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