Please forgive me for I have
sinned completely changed up the French Fridays with Dorie recipe for Double Chocolate and Banana Tart (pp 467-468). I did plan on making it like it said to in the book, honest. In fact I was going to make it as my own birthday cake. But then a friend said she would bring me a dessert for my birthday party. And then jetlag from 40 hours in the air in the 7 days prior to my birthday struck me. And then – boom – it was Monday. And then it was Tuesday and I was leading a Food Revolution Day cooking class for 60. So, you know, I wasn’t even sure I was going to make any version of this.
On Wednesday, though, I came home and decided that I was just going to get on with it. Not making a giant tart, you realise, but a mini version (for one) as I am wont to do. But really? Pastry? I didn’t have time for that. (As I said earlier, SO sorry, Dorie). Instead, I made a crust from chocolate “Teddy Grahams” and hazelnuts with a little melted butter. I baked the crust for about 10 minutes at 350˚F.
Then I went to make the ganache. And realised that I didn’t have any whipping cream. And I was too tired to go to the corner store (I know, you, Dorie would have gone to the corner store). Instead, I poured a glass of wine and googled “yogurt ganache” because Greek yogurt is what I had in the fridge. And realised that perhaps all was not lost.
Bananas caramelized and ganache made – FYI – o% Greek yogurt makes FAB ganache (100g semi-sweet chocolate chips melted and slightly cooled mixed with 1/3 cup Greek yogurt), I assembled the tart. I left it in the fridge, sans banana topping, overnight. Then I garnished with the sliced bananas. But I didn’t glaze them because I thought it looked pretty as it was. Dorie, I am sure you would not serve a tart sans glaze… Sorry!
Considering this was totally not what it was supposed to be, it was pretty darned good. In fact, I will make a version of it again, for sure. Maybe even your version, Dorie! Though I will still only make teeny portion sizes – even with the lightened up crust and the lighter ganache, it was pretty full on rich. But delicious, quand-même. Dorie, thanks for the inspiration. Great flavours! And next week, I promise to stick to the recipe!
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