Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bananas & Cream

So on Good Friday I woke up at 10:45 a.m. (!) to a riotously sunny day with the promise of garden clean up by the fabulous landscape designers - Gardens in the City. They happen to be managing the third phase of our (seemingly ongoing) backyard project, starting at the end of April. Please stay tuned for some fun and interesting updates about that.

At any rate, I was very thrilled by a) the free day and b) the kid-free morning (she'd been at a sleep-over) and c) freedom in general. Natch, I felt compelled to cook.

I'm one of those people who likes to think of herself as a "natural" in the kitchen. Give me a pot and some cream and a few eggs and some ripe fruit and I'll go all Nigella on you. Recipes are so overrated. Until they're vaguely necessary.

To wit:

Almost overripe bananas

Eggs, Vanilla, Cream and Milk (and a pinch of sugar)

Add some phyllo and bananas...

... and voila - Banana Cream Tart

It was most definitely tasty, happy to say, but the custard really didn't cohere the way I was expecting it to. Next time I use more egg and less liquid.

I knew that phyllo I've had sitting in my freezer for a year would come in handy...


  1. Mmmmm. Didja save me some?

  2. Very Nigella of you. And so sexy that you did it for yourself.

  3. mmm Bananas, sugar, cream, - What the fuh is phyllo?

  4. Sal: Next time I make this it's going to be that much better - Aran at Canelle et Vanille (the best food porn ever) gave me some tips on perfect custard. She's like a baking rock star and she still answers questions from people like me.

    Tessa: Thank you. It IS kind of sexy!

    Maegan: It's not peanut M&Ms but it's tasty :-)

    Summer: Run out and make it!

    H: Phyllo is also known as puff pastry - but I'm not sure if they are technically the same thing. It's that extremely airy layered crust that they put on the top of pot pies - quite buttery. Used a lot in greek food.

  5. yummm...i will be making my own shortly!!! i have all of the ingredients at home too!

  6. FrouFrou: Just got a vanilla bean for my next attempt. Hope the consistency is better this time...