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Rustic Apple-Banana Croustade

Rustic Apple-Banana Croustade - Bruno Albouze - The Real Deal

Rustic Apple-Banana Croustade Recipe
Serves 8/10. 11.5’’ (29cm) Diameter Non-Stick Frying Pan

Pie Dough / Shortcrust
1.7 cups (230g) all purpose flour
9 Tbsp (130g) unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
1 Tbsp (10g) sugar
2 pinches (1g) salt
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla paste
2 ea. (≈35g) egg yolks
4 Tbsp (60ml) milk.
Method
In a food processor, sand dry ingredients with butter first. Add yolks, milk and vanilla and mix to combine. Wrap up and chill completely.
Grease tart pan with softened butter. Use 70% of the pastry for the bottom. Flour work surface and work out dough a bit to soften – the dough should remain cool and supple. Roll out into a 0.12 inch (3mm) thick disk (a couple of inches larger than the pan). Place the dough in the greased pan; reajust edges if necessary. Add the room temperature apple-banana filling and fold upper pastry towards the filling and egg wash it. Roll out the leftover dough and cover the entire surface of the pie. Egg wash pie and refrigerate to rest for an hour or more; up to 2 days. When ready to bake, make a little chimney in the center of the pie and score the surface of the pastry using the tip and back of a pairing knife if desired.

Apple-Banana Filling
2 ea. ripen banana (best previously frozen)
1/2 Tbsp (7ml) lemon juice
1 ea. fresh banana, chopped
A pinch ground nutmeg
2 ounces (30g) candied orange peels, diced
1.8 lb. (800g) apple; a mix of granny smith and Honeycrisp or similar apples for baking
1 Tbsp (15g) butter
1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
1/2 tsp (2.5ml) vanilla paste
A couple pinches ground cinnamon (go easy)
2.7 ounces (80g) golden raisins or jumbo medley
0.4 cup (100g) dark Rum.

Method
Puree the thawed ripen bananas with lemon juice. Fold in diced fresh banana, the diced candied orange peels and nutmeg; set aside. Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into wedges and cubes. If made in advance; toss apple cubes in some lemon juice to prevent from browning.

In a hot and large frying pan, throw in butter, apples and raisins and sautée for 5 min on high heat stirring every so often. Add sugar and vanilla and continue to cook for 3 minutes more. Add dark rum and Flambée – as soon as the flame comes down, mix in the banana-orange mixture and cinnamon. Cook on low heat for about 3 minutes more – it should thicken removing thus most of the extra moisture. Transfer mixture onto a baking tray lined with a silicone mat to cool down.

Egg Wash
1 egg beaten with a pinch of salt.

Baking
Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC) with a pizza stone. Bake apple-banana croustade for 5 minutes, then lower the temp to 375ºF (190ºC) and bake for an additional ≈ 50 minutes.
Let cool pie on the stove for 15 min. Note that some of the sugar from the filling may escape during baking forming some caramel. If so, run a spatula around the pie before unmolding. To unmold: place a large plate to cover the pie, flip and position a cooling rack on its bottom, flip back up and let cool. Serve the rustic apple-banana croustade at room temperature or just warm.. Enjoy!

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