I was first introduced to this dessert as a teenager almost 20 years ago (wow, I’m really showing my age!). I helped one of my aunties put it together for a family function. In her version, she used a large pastry shell to make one big banoffee tart. Although I’ve done this quite a few times myself, I really do prefer to use mini tart shells as you don’t have to share them!
This was one of my favourite dessert recipes to make when I first moved out of home as these cute little tarts not only taste delicious, but they also look really impressive. If needed, you can make these a day before you need them (perfect for parties), then simply store them in an airtight container in your fridge. Even if I’m going to be serving these tarts the same day that I make them, I do like to try to have them ready a couple of hours in advance as this allows the banana flavour to work its way into the caramel and it also helps the tart shells to begin to soften slightly.
In this version I decorated them with some chocolate flake pieces, but make sure you also try them topped with fresh strawberry pieces – yum!
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Cheat’s banoffee tarts
Prep Time: 15 mins + 1 hr chilling time
Cooking Time: nil
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
12 mini sweet pastry tart shells
150g thickened cream
2 tbsp icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
395g tin Top n’ Fill caramel
1 large banana, thinly sliced into 24 pieces
1 Flake chocolate bar, crumbled
- Remove the mini pastry tart shells from their foil containers and place onto your serving plate.
- Place the thickened cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract into a bowl and use a hand mixer to whisk together until soft peaks form. Refrigerate until needed.
- Pour the Top n’ Fill into a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Place 2 banana slices into each tart shell, then top with the caramel.
- Place a small dollop of whipped cream on top of each tart and sprinkle with pieces of Flake chocolate.
- Place the tarts into the fridge for 1 hour to chill before serving.
● This recipe can be made a day in advance, just store the tarts in an airtight container in the fridge.
Lauren is the creator of the blog Create Bake Make where she shares simple delicious and most importantly easy recipes that the kids can help make and the entire family will enjoy. A keen home baker, Lauren is also a mum to three boys, so when she isn't breaking up arguments over toy trucks, you will find her in the kitchen baking up a storm! In her rare quiet moments, you will find her curled up with a book or the latest magazine, enjoying a hot coffee or indulging in her slight online shopping addiction.