I'm so embarrassed.
I have a million things I want to talk to you about, but my brain in overdrive right now, I can't get my thoughts together. I want to talk to you about my London trip, a funny thing that happened to me the other day, a word someone said that completely grossed me out, but I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
I have my culinary school practical finals this week with the theory portion looming in its shadow, my husband is super busy covering the FIFA Women's World Cup this month, so I'm essentially a single parent (please, no disrespect to those amazing parents that do this on their own ALL THE TIME. I celebrate and salute you!), my littles have extra-curricular activities that are also winding down with recitals, swim meet finals, and soccer game championships.
This is not a whine or whinging moment; I'm simply letting you know that I so want to talk to you, but life is taking over. However, if you bear with me, I'll make it worth your while soon enough.
But for right now, I hope this insanely delicious Manchester Tart will hold you over. I mean, a girl's still gotta eat, right?
Even if it is all desserts, all the time.
We'll worry about calories another time.
⅔ cup Stirling Creamery Unsalted Butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1 cup seedless raspberry jam
3 ripe bananas, cut into bite-sized slices
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons custard powder
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
To make crust:
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and creamy. Beat in egg. Whisk flour and baking powder together and add into butter mixture only until incorporated. Press dough into tart pan with removable bottom. Blind bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Once cool, warm raspberry jam to a spreadable consistency and apply generously over the entire base of crust. Top with banana slices. A traditional Manchester Tart has been debated over whether to use bananas or not. I've had it both ways and I personally love the bananas and feel they deserve their place in this tart. I mean bananas + custard = LOVE. Once assembled, set aside.
To make custard:
In a heat safe bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch to a thick paste; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, scald milk and heavy cream. Temper eggs by VERY SLOWLY adding milk to egg mixture while constantly stirring. Once you've poured about a half the milk into the eggs, pour the mixture in the heat safe bowl back into the saucepan and apply medium heat. Add vanilla extract and custard powder. Whisk constantly until custard gets very thick. This could take upwards of 15 minutes. It needs to be thick so it can be cut into once it solidifies.
Pour custard over bananas and jam. Smooth over with an offset spatula and top with desiccated coconut. You can toast the coconut if you so desire. Place tart into fridge for at least 4 hours to allow custard to completely set.
Once ready to serve, slice and top with a maraschino cherry. Keep any uneaten portion of the tart covered and refrigerated.
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