Gingered Banana Tarts with Coconut Ice Cream

Warm slices of gingered bananas top crisp puff pastry for a simply spectacular dessert. Homemade coconut ice cream is a creamy, exotic complement. If short on time, purchased ice cream is a great alternative. Try our Flavour Forecast 2012 recipe today.

30 mins Prep Time 40 mins Cook Time
30 mins Prep Time
40 mins Cook Time
  • For the ice cream, beat the egg yolks and sugar in a medium saucepan with a wire whisk for 1 to 2 minutes or until pale yellow and thickened. Add cream and coconut milk; whisk until well blended stirring constantly. Cook on medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from heat. Strain custard into a medium metal bowl and add the seeds from the Vanilla Pod. Place bowl over an ice water bath and stir occasionally until cooled.

  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until well chilled. Pour into an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions.

  • For the tarts pre-heat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas Mark 6. Pour 2 tbs butter each into 4 shallow individual baking dishes or ramekins. Sprinkle each evenly with 2 tbs of the brown sugar and ½ tsp of the Ginger. Layer 1 sliced banana in each dish, overlapping slices as necessary and top with puff pastry, tucking corners in. Place baking dishes on shallow baking pan.

  • Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Invert each tart onto a dessert plate. Cut each tart in half to make 2 servings. Serve with the coconut ice cream and sprinkle with the toasted coconut.