Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart

Still looking for that perfect Thanksgiving dessert? Here's one that I tested out in this year's search: Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart.

From Ms. Barefoot Contessa, a spiced graham cracker crust holds a custardy, pumpkin-banana filling. This can be made into one big tart or several little ones.

Only the crust is baked. The filling is simmered in a bowl over bubbling water until hot and thickened.

I chalk this one up as a great substitute for the same-old, same-old pumpkin pie. The banana flavor is definitely evident, but it pairs well with the pumpkin and added orange zest. It was a big hit in our house. I made a smaller tart (9-inch) for the teachers at school and made three little ones for us to sample at home (which my family thanked me for!)

You can get fancy with your whipped cream decorations or keep it simple with a layer on top.

This recipe can be found HERE.

43 comments:

Clumbsy Cookie said...

And the flavours must be really good too! Awesome idea girl!

Jennifer Hamilton said...

I love that this is NO bake. I did a mix of banana and pumpkin in my oatmeal recently and was pleasantly surprised how wonderful the combo turned out to be!
Your tart looks incredible :)

Culinarywannabe said...

I never would have combined pumpkin and banana, but I always love the texture bananas give to anything. This is a nice twist!

Robin Sue said...

Whoa this looks fantastic. The pumpkin banana combo sound fantastic. Beautiful look tart!

Medena said...

Pumpkin and banana, sounds really good. Love new flavors, combos, and such! Looks great too!

Manggy said...

Oh, I didn't know pumpkin and banana could work together! This is really unique and sounds delicious, Lori!

Mary Coleman said...

i love this! makes me think of putting bananas and pumpkin together in a muffin...hmmm..you got me thinking at this hour!

lisaiscooking said...

I've seen Ina make this, and I've wanted to try it ever since. Yours looks fantastic!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I can imagine how good tghe pumpkin and banana taste together and with the icing - totlal YUM.

~~louise~~ said...

I'm not sure I can wait to share this recipe for Thanksgiving. I think I'll just grab this link for my Mickey Mouse post. His b-day was just the other day and I celebrated with Mousse!

Thanks so much for posting this is GREAT!

Maria said...

Looks so elegant and of course tasty! I like the pumpkin and banana idea!

Snooky doodle said...

interesting recipe . Never seen a pumpkin and banan pie :) Looks nice and creamy though.

Leslie said...

Banana and Pumpkin???? How perfect is that??? hmmmmmmmm

Ingrid said...

Hmmm, I wouldn't have thought banana and pumpkin together but looks and sounds like ti works! Thanks for sharing it with us.
~ingrid

Erinn @ Sunday Dish said...

Oh, I love the idea of the pumpkin and banana together. And simple is gooood. Yummy, thanks for sharing.

gkbloodsugar said...

Such an original flavour combination.
Great job!

That Girl said...

I was worried about the banana overpowering the pumpkin, glad to hear it doesn't.

Halie said...

Looks luscious!

anudivya said...

What awesome flavors. Looks so pretty!

CookiePie said...

Pumpkin and banana - what a great combo! Looks so pretty, too :)

Reeni said...

This looks really terrific. I bet those bananas really freshened up the pumpkin flavor.

Jessy and her dog Winnie said...

That looks awesome!

Pam said...

Pumpkin and banana, what a great combination!

Megan said...

I LOOOOOOOVE your blog! Everything on here looks so incredibly delicious!

~Dana said...

This looks fabulous!!!!

dessertobsessed said...

omg!! this looks sooooooooooooooo good! and its pretty! love the combo of pumpkin and banana!

Cakespy said...

Ooh, and unlikely--but VERY delicious-looking--combination! i've got to give this one a try. It looks amazing!

Adam said...

Beautiful pic... I wish all my pies looked like that :) I'm always up for a new way to invent pumpkin pie, this is a sweet idea!

Heather said...

i love the flavor combo! sounds delicious!!

Josie said...

Yay!! I am glad you liked it :)

Bunny said...

Now that's a new combination, pumpkin and banana, well new to me anyway. Good one!!

We Are Not Martha said...

I definitely do not need any more Thanksgiving recipes, but I will be making this at another time!! So sad pumpkin season is almost over :(

Sues

noble pig said...

Hey this is cool and different. I would have never thought to pair pumpkin and banana and no bake...that's even better.

Nina Timm said...

Fall or not, I would love to try a slice of this!

VeggieGirl said...

Oh my, faaabulous!! And I love Ina Garten :-D

Grace said...

i love the contrast of the bright white and dark orange--it makes for a beautiful tart, to be sure. interesting combo--i personally think that bananas are magical ingredients that put a nice spin on whatever they're paired with. :)

Jon said...

Holy Heck, that banana pumpkin mousse sounds delicious.

Pardon my language.

jesse said...

Beautiful, beautiful pie! And I love your pictures too... *sigh* I want a bite now.

Abby said...

Yum! Nice to see a different take on pumpkin pie!

Tarah at Genesis of a Cook said...

Oh wow! I love the combination! It sounds amazing, but I bet it taste better than can be described. I'll have to try this ;]

Beautiful photos!

Deborah said...

This sounds delicious - and so different!!

Alexa said...

I wouldn't have thought about putting the banana with pumpkin but I bet it adds to the creamy texture. Sounds intriguing!

Peter M said...

This looks beautiful and the only thing I can think of adding is some toasted coconut on the frosting - nothing more!