Banana Caramel Pudding Pie & Tart, Gluten Free


Pudding is sometimes the soul of a really good pie. Pudding soul pie. Remember that Coconut Caramel Banana Pudding?  Think of this as another way to have your pudding and eat pie, too.

Make the pudding and remember to let it sit overnight to develop those flavors. The banana can be slightly harsh that first day and the coconut flavor will rule until is forced to mellow in favor of a nice balance between the two.

Make the tart crust and cool.  It’s easy. Like this 3-2-1 pie crust here (and in the recipe below).

I’ve made the tart crust and added the pudding filling, covered it loosely and sent it into the big chill overnight and it comes out just fine. I’ve also just waited to put the pudding in the pie until I am ready to serve the whole thing. Either way works. If you want fresh whipped cream and bananas on top, put those on at the last moment before serving so that it looks perky and fresh.

That Coconut Banana Caramel Custard is more than just a pudding – now it’s an important ingredient. Coconut Banana Caramel Pudding’s  purpose is obviously to take over the universe, or my refrigerator. Here’s the list of recipes that benefited from a little pudding – aside from just a plain old bowl and spoon:

Really Good Banana Bread

Banana Custard Eclairs

Coconut Banana Caramel Pudding



Banana Caramel Pudding Pie & Tart, Gluten Free
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If you love bananas, caramel and pie, this recipe is for you. Banana Caramel Pudding makes a fabulous filling for a pie or tart. Topped with a little whipped cream and bananas or shaved chocolate (right before serving), it makes a great dessert. Or breakfast.
Ingredients
Tart & Pie Crust
  • 300 grams GF flour (100 g superfine brown rice flour, 100 g superfine white rice flour, 100 g tapioca flour/starch)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 115 grams unsalted butter ice-cold, cut into cubes (1 stick)
  • 85 grams spectrum vegetable shortening in small pieces
  • 100 grams ice-cold (filtered if possible) water (scant)
Banana Caramel Sauce
  • 100 grams white sugar (about ½ cup)
  • 100 grams water (about ½ cup)
  • 2 medium very ripe bananas, pureed to a smooth mush (no lumps)
Banana Pudding
  • 815 grams So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk (about 3.5 cups)
  • 6 heaping tablespoons GF cornstarch, sifted
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 75 grams sugar (about ⅓ cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • optional: 1 teaspoon dark Rum
  • most of the banana caramel (set some aside for topping on the finished pudding)
Pie/Tart Assembly
  • 3-5 medium bananas (about 120 grams each)
  • 1 pint heavy cream, whipped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • chocolate curls (optional)
Instructions
Tart
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Gather tart or pie pans.
  2. Weigh flours and add salt and sugar. Place in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to mix. Add in chunks of butter and shortening. Pulse a few times just until the pieces are covered with flour. Add the ice water to the chute while pulsing and stop just as soon as the flour forms a ball. Remove carefully from the food processor onto a sheet of parchment. Bring all the stray pieces together until a ball forms, just a few short kneads. Cut into even pieces (up to eight) for tarts or pies. Roll between sheets of parchment or plastic wrap lightly dusted with starch. Place in tart pans and push to shape and fit. Freeze for about 15 minutes before baking. Bake about 15-18 minutes for smaller tarts and more for larger pans or just until the crust is lightly golden. Cool completely before filling.
Banana Caramel Sauce
  1. Puree those very ripe bananas in a food processor or blender until liquid. I had a few small chunks left and it didn't bother us, but if you want it totally smooth keep pulsing the food processor. Pour into a small pitcher (like a glass measuring cup) and keep it nearby because when you need to mix it with the caramel, there is no waiting. Have it ready to go.
  2. In a small saucepan with deep sides (do not use a shallow saucepan!) weigh in both the sugar and water. Don't stir, and be sure to drop each ingredient directly into the bottom of the pan and not down the sides. Place on medium heat and leave it alone. It will begin to bubble and all the sugar will eventually dissolve. Resist the urge to help it and stir. Let it do its own thing. You may swirl the pan once it is doing a nice boil just to check the color on the bottom but don't slosh the stuff up the sides. The only thing to remember is that it is best left alone totally to cook, but stay close and keep an eye on it. Keep peeking at the color and somewhere around 10 minutes it should start to turn golden and then mahogany. When it gets to a nice shade of caramel brown (don't be chicken - let it get there) it'll start to stink like it is a nanosecond from becoming a carbon experiment. It is but it won't. Give it a few more seconds and then when you can't stand it anymore and the stuff looks like it might just be too brown, quickly remove it from the heat and pour in the banana puree (which is right there ready, right?). Using a good silicone spatula, stir like crazy because it will bubble up and look like a science project gone crazy. It'll settle down but if you waited long enough for the sugar/water to turn to caramel, it will be almost like a puffy cotton-candy mixture as it settles, it will have a nice medium brown color and it should smell like divine banana caramel sauce. Let that sit right in the saucepan on the counter to cool down while you make the pudding. Set aside about a teaspoon per serving for topping on the pudding right before serving.
  3. If, by chance, the caramel seems to be turning into a giant lump when you add the banana puree, put it back on low heat and keep stirring until it softens and turns to a thick liquid again. It can be saved. Most of the time.
Banana Pudding
  1. Weigh the Coconut Milk into a large saucepan. Remove 100 grams and place that in a small bowl. Heat the remaining Coconut Milk in the saucepan over medium low heat while you prepare the rest of the pudding pieces parts. Sift the cornstarch into the 100 grams of cold Coconut Milk in the little bowl and whisk like crazy to incorporate. Let it sit for a minute and stir again to make sure every pesky lump is whisked into the mixture. Next, in another very small bowl, whisk the egg yolks together. Add the salt and sugar to the egg yolks and whisk to incorporate to a smooth paste. Add that to the cold Coconut Milk/cornstarch mixture and whisk till smooth. Add in the cooled (remaining) banana caramel sauce stuff and whisk till smooth. When the heated Coconut Milk is at a nice simmer, pour in the cold Coconut Milk/starch/egg/sugar mixture whisking as you pour it in so it doesn't just scramble. Change to a silicone spatula and stir while it simmers for just one to two minutes. Really. That's all. It should be thick but it won't stay that way if it a) gets heated for too long and b) is stirred for too long. Less is more with this stuff. Add in the vanilla and optional rum if using (again - don't stir too much). Pour in a container or little serving cups and cover with plastic wrap directly onto the pudding to avoid that skin (or leave it off if you like the skin). But cover the container at least! Refrigerate overnight for best flavor development. It will thicken up as it cools.
Assembly for the Pie or Tart
  1. Whip the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla. Spoon pudding into pie or tart shells. Refrigerate and store remaining pudding - you will have leftovers. Right before serving, top with whipped cream and sliced fresh bananas. Or cover whipped cream with chocolate curls. Refrigerate briefly until ready to use.

Comments

  1. If I were brave enough to try gluten-free baking, I know somebody who would love these! Heck, I’d love them. Chocolate and bananas… yum.

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