Eggless Banana Coffee Baked Tart
I always love replacing eggs in recipes because I do know there are some people who don’t eat eggs as well and they always crave for desserts which are eggless. Replacing eggs can be a little tricky particularly if you don’t know how to balance the other ingredients out and if you are not clear on the substitute that you are opting for.
The other day I was just a little out in the mind and a lot lazier. You know one of those days when you want to do a lot yet you don’t even have that 1% energy to get up and get your legs moving. I was watching some nice high octane action stuff on Netflix and realized there was some uncanny urge building up inside me to stop the movie right away and push myself to the favorite part of my home, my kitchen! I always know when this happens, that’s like a sign from God that in fact my life lies in the kitchen, rather than watching those man-made fantasies on that colorful box!
I was in the mood for some bananas. And luckily as I moved my eyes over to the second shelf in the fridge, there were 9 fully ripened bananas lying in it. Sometimes I just bring stuff and forget everything about it. I knew I had got them for my favorite banana chocolate oats for breakfast but then just had pancakes with berries for 2 days and alas, the bananas lay ignored. So I decided that bananas it was!! During a lockdown, it becomes so difficult to source ingredients, you can’t find every damn thing in stores and you always fall short of stuff at home. But then the best thing that comes out of all this is that the experimentation just gets a lot messier and just so much creative! I am sure nobody has ever invented more new recipes all around the year than in this lockdown! It’s like you are just using newer ingredients every day to make the most exotic creations.
I was done with enough cookies and I was so in the mood for some nice baked tart or pie and hence, the baked tart was final. But then life’s never without anything coming easy and I knew there was no rich cream in the fridge, which means I really would have to find a good substitute for the cream. To worsen the situation, the egg tray was empty as well which meant I would have to go for a cream-free and egg-free banana tart.
Substituting Cream and Eggs
I immediately took out the curd from the fridge and hung it in a muslin cloth. Yes! the next best substitute for cream and egg is hung curd and believe me it tastes just as good! I had never baked a tart before with the hung curd so it was the first time and I wasn’t sure how it would all come out! You need to be sure that while using it there’s absolutely no liquid left in it and that it is not too sour otherwise the flavor will be badly compromised. Also while making the curd mixture, the consistency will be thick, so don’t panic and try to think much on how to how to make it more liquid. The curd mixture has to be solid and absolutely thick in order to give you that perfect slice when you cut it out.
That eggless coffee dough
Most of you know how I love to add certain twists to my recipes and I was so in the mood for that caffeine kick that day so I picked up my favorite coffee jar and I knew my tart dough has to have that coffee flavor. So I added a teaspoon of coffee to the dough. Coffee and bananas do go well together and they make a decent pairing! You can also add more if you wish to. Remember, that when you are working with this dough, don’t add too much water. If you add too much water to tart dough, the tart will tend to shrink once its baked, and that will be serious damage. Just stick to the proportions that I have added here and you won’t be disappointed. You will thank me for this 🙂
So….what are you waiting for? Mash those bananas, grab that whisk, make yourself that perfect coffee, tie your hair and you are on your way and just a few minutes away from baking that perfect banana cinnamon eggless tart. Pour over oodles of caramel sauce and woah! you would want to bake this every damn weekend…as I say, happy baking people!
This homemade eggless banana tart is phenomenal. The crust has a flavor of espresso, the filling is luscious, and the bananas are beautifully tender. All from scratch!
For the crust:
1 cup All-purpose flour
2 tbsp Butter (you can use salted or unsalted, skip the salt if you are using salted butter)
1/4 tsp Salt
3 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp Coffee powder (you can add more if you wish to)
4-5 tbsp warm water
For the filling:
1 Mashed Banana
1 cup Hung curd
1 tsp Cinnamon
1-2 tbsp Corn Flour
1/2 cup All-purpose flour
3-4 tbsp powdered sugar
1 Banana cut in slices
- In a bowl sieve the flour for the crust. Now add all the other ingredients and start combining all of it.
- The flour should hold together in your fist. At this moment, start adding the water and knead the dough well. Be sure not to spend too much time on it. Just don’t over knead. Cover with a muslin cloth and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Now add all the other ingredients of the filling into a bowl. Mix all of it together. You can adjust cinnamon powder and sugar according to your taste. Once all of this is mixed well, keep it aside.
- Take out the dough after 30 minutes and dust the work surface with flour.
- Now roll out the dough over the work surface with a rolling pin. It should be about half of an inch in thickness. Carefully place the dough into the pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. Use a small paring knife to trim excess dough off the edges.
- Now take a fork and press into the dough at the bottom at many areas and sides of the pie dish. This will ensure that your crust will lay flat and will not blow up while baking.
- Preheat oven to 180 C and bake the crust for about 20 minutes till it is golden brown.
- Then take it out and cool down on a wire rack.
- Once it has cooled down, place the banana slices in a circular form at the bottom of the crust such that it is entirely covered up. Now add the entire filling and tap the pie dish once or twice.
- Bake at 180 C for about 25 minutes. Let it cool down on a wire rack.
- Serve with a dollop of cream, buttered bananas, and caramel sauce. Enjoy!