Monday, June 11, 2007

Trouble with Excess Fruit: Bananas

Yup... it always seems like my family ends up purchasing more groceries than we actually use. Recently, it was a bunch of baby bananas... 12 to be exact! You would think that since the bananas were small we'd finish them pretty quickly... not so. My sister was actually the one who wanted to buy them, and so my parents relented. You just can't say no to the "pretty please" face. But when she tasted one of the mini bananas she said that they tasted different and refused to eat another one! What was I to do? I had to think of something quick... because they bananas were going brown pretty quickly. First off: Quick and Easy Banana tarts

Banana Tarts

- 2 baby bananas, sliced to 0.5cm
- 3 packets of HoneyMaid Thinsations, crushed (or 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs)
- 6 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 package of vanilla pudding mix (plus all the ingredients necessary to prepare it)

1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, butter and brown sugar together.
2. Press the crust mixture into tart tins, or a muffin pan. Bake the crust blind, in a 350F oven for 10-12 minutes.
3. Prepare the vanilla pudding mix, and let cool slightly (shouldn't been boiling when you spoon it into the tarts).
4. Place one slice of banana in each tart, then fill the tart with the vanilla pudding.
5. Refrigerate until the pudding sets (1-2 hrs) and serve. If storing, be sure to cover the tarts. Otherwise, you may end up with a rubbery layer of pudding on the surface of each tart.

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