Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bananas Foster Mini Turnovers

Bananas, rum, brown sugar, butter...Bananas Foster is one of those recipes that includes many of my favorite foods. But when all of those foods are then wrapped in a buttery, flaky puff pastry? Yeah. It's delicious.

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Bananas Foster Mini Turnovers
Yields: 6 turnovers
-1 tablespoon butter
-1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar
-Splash dark rum
-1 small banana, peeled and sliced into coins
-1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted 
-1 egg + 1 tablespoon water
-Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)

1.) Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
2.) Melt butter in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and stir. Off the heat, add rum, stir, then set pan back over medium to high heat. Add bananas, stir, and cook for about 1 minute, or until bananas only begin to soften.
3.) Place puff pastry on a lightly greased baking sheet. Cut the pastry into six equal squares. Spoon a small amount of the banana mixture (about 3 banana slices) into the middle of each pastry. 
4.) Whisk egg and water together in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush a small amount of the egg wash along one side of each puff pastry square. Then, fold one corner of each square to meet the opposite corner (to form a triangle), and seal closed with a fork. Brush the outsides of each turnover with egg wash, and cut a small slit in the middle of each one. 
5.) Place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until turnovers are golden brown.

Bananas Foster Mini Turnovers | The Economical Eater

I made these turnovers "mini" because I am trying to be less indulgent these days, but feel free to make your version "regular" size, if you wish. To do this, just simply cut the puff pastry into four pieces vs. six. (You can also make these!).

Another note: I slightly changed the way traditional Bananas Foster is made because I didn't want the bananas to get too mushy in the oven. They definitely get soft while they bake, but they don't turn to complete mush if you undercook them on the stovetop. 

Bananas Foster Mini Turnovers | The Economical Eater

Um, yeah. The brown sugar mixed with the butter, hint of rum, and the sweet bananas was a divine combination. And anything wrapped in puff pastry is a winner in my book, but the buttery pastry just went so well with the Bananas Foster filling.

What's your favorite use for puff pastry? I'm always looking for new ways to use it!


  1. These look so good!! When I worked at Bugaboo Creek, their Banana's Foster dessert was my favorite. I cannot wait to make these. :-)

  2. Definitely a winning recipe. I love mini desserts and desserts wrapped in puff pastry! My favorite puff pastry dessert is mille-feuille, but I've yet to try making it at home. One of these days!