When the three of us were little we used to put on shows every once and a while for no audience in particular. I think most children probably do this, but for us it was common enough given we didn't have cable television for a while (no Disney Channel, folks!), DVR and On-Demand didn't exist yet (which meant you only got one chance to catch the new episode of Full House), and we had a fireplace with a ready made stage, the perfect size to hold three little bodies.
Of course we had some favorite tunes we would [literally] croak out. Mariah Carey was always on the list, En Vogue made it often enough, and my generation's ABBA, Ace of Base, was on heavy rotation. Choreography was not really our thing, so we would sing as we failed about on the fireplace. We would dress up in mom's clothes or grab the arm rest cover off the couch to place on our heads a makeshift habit (for a Sister Act reenactment, naturally), and paint our lips and our cheeks with makeup mom forgot to lock up.
They were simpler times. Not much else to distract us, so we were easily entertained with hours of this kind of play. I doubt Mom, and know Dad, were not as entertained as we were. What with all the racket and all, but it was all in innocent fun and within the confines of our own home, so embarrassment was minimal.
My title, Vision of Love, is an ode to the simpler times of our lives. A time when you would know every word to a love song you really didn't understand. You could still squeak out every word with as much passion and gusto as the artist performing it seemed to feel. A point in our lives when we would play princess or wedding and believe in happy endings. And a moment in time I wish I had back, where I could eat anything I wanted to and not gain any weight.
Today's recipe is a nod to that latter point, and also to a pint of Ben and Jerry's I used to scarf down in one sitting (they don't make it anymore!!). It is a Greek Yogurt Banana Tart with a chocolate crust and a layer of peanut butter (optional). It's light and tart, and sweet and salty. All words used to describe at one point or another...maybe not tart :)
The Recipe: Greek Yogurt Banana Tart with Chocolate Crust
yields ~8-10 servings
The Bits and Bobs:
for the crust:
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 bag any kind of dry beans (for baking the shell)
for the filling:
2-3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups plain whole fat greek yogurt
2 tbsp honey or agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 tsp powder gelatin
2 tbsp water
1/2 cup peanut butter or other nut butter (optional)
for the crust:
Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a big bowl. Using a pinching motion, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until you reach a mealy texture. Make a well in the middle of the dough and add the two egg yolks, the milk, and the vanilla extract. Use your fingertips to knead the dough until it comes together in a ball. Pat out into a disc shape, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10-20 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375*F. Spray or grease a pie or tart shell tin and set aside. On a floured surface, roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness. Carefully place the rolled out dough into the greased tin and press gently into the sides, making sure the bottom of the pan and edges are filled. Cut away and excess dough from the top. Prick the bottom of the shell with a fork. Line with parchment paper and using either pie weights or dried beans fill the shell and bake for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the beans and parchment and bake for another 5-7 minutes until the crust is cooked through.
Allow to cool completely before starting the filling.
for the filling:
If using, spread the bottom of the cooled crust with peanut (or other nut) butter. Place in fridge to set up while you prepare the filling.
In a small dish, mix together the powder gelatin and water. Allow to set for 5 or so minutes. Whip together the well mashed bananas, yogurt, honey (or agave), and vanilla extract. Microwave the gelatin mixture for 10 seconds then pour into the banana/yogurt mixture whisking constantly and quickly. Immediately fill the tart shell with the mix and smooth top using a spatula.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to set up for 6 hours before serving. Dust with cocoa powder or serve with whipped cream.