There is something about mini / individual desserts that make the process of making it much more pleasant. Take for instance these little Banana Coconut and Honey Cream Tarts. The idea of making these little tart shells to me is something that doesnt really seem worth my time, but once I see this cute image (made with mini bananas no less!) my mind is changed. I also love a lighter cream filling in the summer, and I think this is a super great alternative to something like strawberry shortcake, if you’re not in a strawberry type of mood. I’m a big fan of banana anything, so this is a new fav dessert recipe for me. I hope you guys like it too.
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Banana, Coconut and Honey-Cream Tarts
- 1 pound pie dough, rolled ⅛ inch thick
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ cups milk
- 2 egg yolks, beaten
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 baby bananas, halved lengthwise
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
- toasted coconut flakes
- honey for drizzling
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Line 8 mini tart pans with pie dough and score the bottom of each with a fork.
- Place tart pans onto a sheet pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until tart shells are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and cool for about 20 minutes before removing from molds and continuing to cool on cooling racks.
- Filling: Pour sugar, honey, cornstarch, salt, and milk into a saucepan and whisk together.
- Place saucepan over medium-low heat and cook mixture, stirring frequently, until mixture simmers. Whisk 1 cup of the scalding milk mixture into the egg yolks, then pour the mixture back into the saucepan.
- Continue to cook the mixture over medium-low heat, constantly stirring, until the pudding is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
- Remove from heat, place over an ice bath and stir in butter and vanilla.
- Once pudding has cooled down, whip the heavy cream until medium peaks form and fold into the pudding.
- Press 1 teaspoon of turbinado sugar evenly over the cut-side of each baby banana half. Using a brulee torch, gently brulee the sugar atop each banana half until fully caramelized and a hard shell forms.
- To assemble: Fill each tart shell with honey-cream and top each with a bruleed baby banana half. Finish each tar.t with a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey. Serve.
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Before I make these for the first time (can hardly wait to taste them!)- do I score (make cuts or lines) or dock the bottom of the tarts with a fork? Where it says score, I wondered if the pastry cream was supposed to soak through the tart bottom to soften it? Thanks for clarifying.
Such a great recipe- everyone is gonna love these!
Hi Maureen! When i say score, i actually mean just to prick the bottom of the tart dough all over with a fork, to prevent the bottom of the tart shells from trapping steam and causing air bubbles to form. I’ll update my wording in the recipe so it’s more clear!
Could you use coconut milk or cream (instead of milk) for an extra coconuty flavor?
Totally! Either should work fine in this recipe (from a can or carton)! I just wouldn’t recommend using “lite” coconut milk.
Beautiful! Can you freeze / refrigerate the tart with the filling inside for a period of time? How do you recommend storing it and for how long?
Yes, you can assemble and freeze these tarts up to 3 days ahead of time, BUT WITHOUT the brûléed bananas on top! Then when ready to serve, you can thaw and add the bananas! :)
Do you have a recommended recipe for the pie crust that would work well for this?
Yes! Just added a link in the ingredient list to one of our cream cheese pie doughs that i love!
This looks incredible! I’m sure it tastes incredible too! Cannot wait to make this!
What size is mini?
not a fan of bananas but i should try this as they look incredible
many thanks – BANANA, COCONUT AND HONEY-CREAM TARTS
wow, creativity bonus! Beautifully photographed too, thank you for this lovely recipe and love the honey too!
Teri Lyn Fisher
Thank you so much!
love it…honey is sweet. looks delicious