- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce or
- 490g box)
- 1 cup (200g) sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 3 tablespoons (42g) butter or margarine
- ½ cup (120ml) whipping cream or substitute
- teaspoons kosher salt, divided
- 5 large just ripe (not overripe) bananas
- all-purpose flour for dusting
- spray oil or margarine for greasing pan
PREHEAT OVEN to 400°F (200°C). Thaw puff pastry at room temperature for 45 minutes. Use spray oil or some butter to grease a 9 x 13-inch (23 x 33-cm) pan. Cut out a piece of parchment paper that is large enough to cover the bottom of the pan as well as the sides, making sure that the paper on the sides extends over the top of the pan by a couple of inches. Press the parchment paper into the pan, making sure it sticks to the bottom, corners, and sides. Set it aside.
IN A MEDIUM SAUCEPAN, cook the sugar and water over medium-high heat for several minutes without stirring until the edges start to color. Stir occasionally until all the sugar granules have melted and the caramel turns amber. This should take about five minutes. Add the butter and whipping cream and stir. The mixture will bubble up and congeal, then dissolve again as you stir it. Add a teaspoon of the salt and mix well. Cook another two minutes on low heat, stirring often. Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit as you prepare the bananas. Peel the bananas and slice them in half the long way.
POUR THE CARAMEL into the prepared pan and tilt it to cover the entire pan. Arrange the sliced bananas, cut side down, diagonally across the pan, nesting them closely together. You can cut some of the halves into smaller pieces to fill any gaps.
PUT A PIECE OF PARCHMENT paper a few inches larger than the pan on your counter and sprinkle some flour on it. Place a sheet of puff pastry on the parchment with the creases parallel to the longer side. With a rolling pin, roll the pastry sheet out to about an inch larger than the bottom of the pan (pastry dough shrinks when it’s baked). Lift the pastry off the parchment a few times and sprinkle a little flour underneath it so the pastry does not stick. Trim the pastry dough to make the sides straight.
TURN THE PARCHMENT PAPER and pastry on top of the bananas. Press the dough into the pan
corners and up the sides of the pan. Peel off the parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to poke
about 20 holes all over the pastry to allow air to escape.
BAKE the pastry for 25 to 28 minutes, or until the top is golden. Let it cool for 15 minutes and then place a rectangular platter or plate over the pan. Flip the tatin onto the platter. Remove the parchment paper. Sprinkle the tatin with the remaining ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Serve warm. Store covered in the fridge for up to two days. Reheat to serve.