Now that the snow’s gone, it’s only right that we find something else to complain about: the cold. The rain. The loneliness.
Drown your sorrows in dessert, courtesy of The Hearty Boys (Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith). New to their comfort food menu is chocolate caramel banana pot pie, a sweet take on the savory classic. It’s like calorie-packed Prozac — without the side effects.
Chocolate Caramel Banana Pot Pie
Serves ten to twelve
For the chocolate
2 c. sour cream
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
1. Place everything in a saucepan over medium heat.
2. Stir until mixture is smooth, then remove from heat.
For the caramel banana sauce
2¼ c. light brown sugar
7 tbsp. butter
1 c. half-and-half
1 tsp. bourbon
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
10 bananas, sliced ¼-inch thick
1. Place everything except bananas in a saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking as butter melts.
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer 5-7 minutes.
3. Remove from heat; let cool 5 minutes. Fold in bananas.
For the pastry
3 c. flour
4 tbsp. butter, chilled and cubed
2 tbsp. shortening
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. sugar
7 tbsp. ice water
1. Put flour, butter, shortening, salt, and sugar into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until well mixed.
2. Add water slowly until dough forms.
3. Remove and knead until just mixed — do not overknead. Shape into golf ball-size pieces.
For the assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Put one serving spoon chocolate into bottom of a casserole dish or large ramekin.
3. Add one scoop banana mix.
4. Roll one ball of dough out to a disc, make three slits in the dough, and place it over bananas. Brush with egg wash.
5. Bake until crust is golden, about 20 minutes.
For more inspiration from The Hearty Boys, check out Hearty, 3819 North Broadway, between Grace Street and Sheridan Road (773-868-9866 or heartyboys.com).
Photo: Courtesy of The Hearty Boys
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