Gluten-Free Chocolate Caramel Cashew Butter Banana Tart

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Man I am behind! I made this tart last month for my handsome husband’s birthday (pictured here). In my defense we have my brother and his 4 children living with us, so we are all adjusting on all fronts.

Praise God for the opportunity to serve them, though. Family, friends, and love are above all else (underneath God of course), so the writing and recipe sharing has gone on the back burner, so I can be there for my brother in his time of need.

But today, right now, I have some extra time. So I would love to share this tasty little recipe with you all.

My husband loves banana. If you follow this page, who probably already know that. Last year for his birthday I made him a Cinnamon Semi-Naked Banana Cake. It was delicious, so click the link for that one as well. This year I was inspired by a pin I saw on Tartelette. I love to make pies and tarts. This one was for a tart with chocolate. Caramel. Peanut Butter. Banana. All kinds of tasty things. I decided to change the sweeteners. Swap the peanut butter for cashew butter. And to add some whipped topping because that is all too rich for me.

Zach took it to his Monday Men’s Group and it was a hit, they ate it all.

Maybe you don’t like pumpkin or apple pies and next week you want to switch up your Thanksgiving dessert. This could be interesting.

I hope to have more recipes coming soon. I plan on making a croquembouche for Thanksgiving. Filled with pecan pie filling, cranberry pastry cream, and pumpkin mousse. Stayed tuned to see how it goes. I will also be making some cheesecake domes for our church Thanksgiving dinner. This morning my mind was drawing out pumpkin cheesecakes on gingerbread cookies with caramel filling and a pepita brittle sitting on top of a mirror glaze. AND sweet potato cheesecake with a praline filling and toasted marshmallow outside. We will see, but the ones in my vision are stunning and scrumptious. Hopefully I will be sharing them with you Monday.

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Gluten-Free Orange Ricotta Matcha Tart

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I have been on a bit of tea kick recently. I wanted to make some deep-dish strawberry pies with freeze-dried strawberries in the crust to give it more flavor and a pink color. I also decided to put a little strawberry on top for decoration. I was thinking of getting some all-natural food coloring, when I realized that was silly because matcha is naturally green. So I got some matcha for the stem work, but my mind was racing with other ways to incorporate it.

I had nearly a whole batch of matcha pie dough left, what to do? I became inspired by a tea bag I have at home. It is an orange matcha flavor. It is delicious. I had one before with lemon and matcha, which was really good, but I was intrigued more by the orange. I use lemon a lot, so I wanted to give orange a try. Feel free, though, to make this tart with lemon curd, rather than orange.

I’ve used this ricotta filling on a few tarts too, and it is very nice. I loved this tart. It had a subtle combination of flavors  that worked well. I didn’t have too much matcha in the crust, so it did not taste earthy to me. The orange was present, but not in your face or overwhelming. It is not too sweet, which I really enjoyed. Something I’ve learned with watching so many baking shows, is desserts need balance and you don’t want one-note of just pure sweetness. Make it a little more complex.

I really enjoyed this tart. I would love to try it again with lemon. And it makes me want to go drink a cup of that orange matcha tea, right now!

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Matcha Ricotta Tart with Pistachio Rose Toffee

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What?! This is my third post in week! That hasn’t happened in a while. And I have finally made some progress on all the recipes I’ve had stocked up. Which means I get to make new ones! That excites me. Got to brainstorm summer flavors. Cherries. Berries. Really want to get some passion fruit and do some cool stuff. Loaves. Cheesecake. Tarts maybe, who knows where I’ll be taken.

As you will recall, Tuesday I posted a recipe for Pistachio Rose Toffee <—–click for the recipe, which came about because of this tart. I had it on my agenda to make a purple crust using freeze-dried blueberries, but that wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to make more colors of crust. I had found some reasonably priced matcha powder and had been waiting on the perfect moment to use it. This was my moment. A lovely green crust.

I expressed Tuesday my concern for what flavors to pair with the tea. I ended up using a ricotta filling that I had made with a delicious blackberry tart <——–click for recipe. And the toffee got added for more depth of flavor and texture and color.

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Double Banana Caramel Espresso Tart

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I was on  a bit of a pie kick a few weeks ago. As you will recall, I posted a recipe for a Chocolate Cherry Pie <——– click link here to get it. Well, as I was making this beautiful pie, another recipe came to mind. I should put bananas in the crust. My wonderful husband loves banana. He also really liked a banoffee pie I made once for the frat house. So let’s put some caramel in there somehow. Some chocolate. Maybe add some espresso for fun. Add more bananas. More caramel. And some whipped cream to keep it refreshing.

This was DELICIOUS. The caramel cream is where it’s at. And the espresso in the chocolate was enough that you are wondering about all the flavors you’re getting. It was a big hit and my husband loved them, which is the most important thing. Said they were one of the best things and although he is complimentary, he is also honest with my baking because he worked in a kitchen for 15 years and knows to be truthful so I can make the food better.

Stick around tomorrow I will be posting something savory: Taco Meatloaf, which has been a hit a few times around here.

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Gluten-Free Blackberry Ricotta Tarts

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Cheesecakes are probably my favorite dessert to eat. Pies are my favorite to make, but if I could eat any dessert, it would be cheesecake. In fact, for my birthdays growing up my granny would make me cherry cheesecake instead of cake (another truth- I hate cake and cherries are my ALL time favorite food).

I do like to play around sometimes, though. Sometimes I like to swap out the cream cheese. One of my favorite tarts (things) I’ve ever made, was a Blueberry Basil Goat Cheese Tart (click for the link for the recipe). Last week, however, I wanted to replace the cream cheese with a ricotta cheese.

I like ricotta cheese. I remember about a decade ago one of our clients came to our family with a ricotta pudding recipe. It was the first time I had ever had ricotta. It was delicious. Last month I got some ricotta to make a spinach lasagna (click the link for the recipe). Since then I kind of kept some in the fridge. Last week while baking tarts, it just came to me to make a ricotta tart. I had some blackberries, why not add those?

These were delicious! I made like 4  different tarts/pies and these were hands down my favorite. The ricotta layer on the bottom had a lovely texture and not-to-sweet flavor. And the blackberry toppings added a nice freshness to the tart. Plus they were beautiful. I also had some extra egg-whites, so why not add in some little meringue cookies?

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Gluten-Free Raspberry Pistachio Frangipane Tarts

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As I’ve mentioned, I have a bit of a British Baking Show problem (is it a problem though if it leads to delicious food, high creativity, and beautiful treats?). It has inspired me A LOT lately. Choux. I’ve got an upcoming eclair recipe. I really wanted to try that one.

I also like pastry week. Some may know, pies and tarts are kind of my all-time favorite thing to bake (hence my company being called P3: Polifroni PIES and Pizzas). I was really intrigued with the frangipane. It’s not something you see a lot here in the Midwest, actually I have never seen one offered anywhere. No restaurants. No bakeries (which there are a lack of actual bakeries in my town-not the premade and just-bake. Those do not count). So my experience with frangipane only comes from TV and then searching for it on Pinterest.

Last summer I made my first frangipane for a market. It had a lovely rhubarb lattice on top (pictured below). The feedback was a success. Most gave me a clueless look when I said there was frangipane underneath the rhubarb. But they were all pleasantly surprised that they liked the flavor.

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Gluten-Free Tomato Tart

20170713_191311 (1).jpgI would like to think that I have come a long way in the realm of food. I used to be a SUPER picky eater. I think it was inherited. My mother was a picky eater, and I was merely emulating her style.

I despised all kinds of foods I had never tried. I was stubborn. I was dead set on hating things.

But gradually I grew out of it, funny how that happens in life.

I changed my perspective on food. Instead of approaching things with a shut off mind, I began to look at new foods with genuine curiosity. I replaced my fierce desire to not like it, to a fierce determination to find a way in which I liked it (liver was probably my biggest test on this, I was set to find a way to enjoy it).

I have come so far. Never in my life would I think that I would eat sashimi. Or onions.

I recall my grandmother making chili growing up, she had to give me an extra bowl to pick out all the stuff I wouldn’t eat (note my mother was the same).

At this point in my life I will try about anything. And I use WAY more vegetables than I ever would have dreamed. But I do have some things that trip me up. For instance, I do like avocados, and I appreciate their nutritional value. But they make me nauseous. I’ve tried.

And tomatoes. I do enjoy tomato-based products, but raw tomatoes are a struggle for me. I think it’s the texture. But I am determined not to give up on them.

So when someone at the market, gave us some tomatoes at the end of the day, I was determined to make something I would like. To continue to be curious and step out of my comfort box.

Pies and tarts are kind of my thing (my business is P3 Polifroni PIES and Pizzas after-all). I’ve been wanting to make a savory tart and I felt like this was perfect opportunity. I still had some goat cheese left from making the ravioli. There was major potential here.

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