Sticky Banana and Chocolate Tart – Light a Birthday Candle for Lumos **Recipe** donated by Gino D’Acampo

Sticky Banana and Chocolate Tart – Light a Birthday Candle for Lumos **Recipe** donated by Gino D’Acampo to charity founded by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

Sticky Banana and Chocolate Tart

50g salted butter
120g golden caster sugar

6 firm large bananas, peeled

100g chocolate chips

250g ready-to-roll puff pastry

Plain flour, for dusting
1 tub good-quality vanilla ice cream, to serve


1. Melt the butter with the sugar in a deep-sided, heavy-based frying pan that can be used in the oven. Cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes until it turns into golden caramel.


2. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

3. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6.

4. Place the whole bananas in the pan creating a circle, breaking as necessary, ensuring that the entire base is covered.

5.Sprinkle over the chocolate chips.

6. Meanwhile unroll the puff pastry onto a floured surface and cut a disc shape about 25cm diameter, or about 5cm bigger than the top of your pan.

7. Lay the pastry over the bananas and tuck the overlap down inside the pan with your fingers.

8. Bake the tart for 20–25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.

9. Take a large circular plate and place face down on top of the pan. Quickly invert the pan to turn the tart upside down. Remove the pan, leaving the bananas facing upwards.

10. Serve generous portions with vanilla ice cream.

The recipe is from “Fantastico!” by Gino D’Acampo. Published by Kyle Cathie Ltd.



By taking part in Light a Birthday Candle for Lumos, you can help us change the lives of thousands of vulnerable children by raising vital funds to support our work in ending the systematic institutionalisation of children across Central and Eastern Europe.

Over a million children and young people live in large residential institutions across Central and Eastern Europe. Separated from their families and isolated from their community, they receive little human or emotional contact.

Year after year, the staff who look after them cannot provide the individual attention they need so desperately, meaning they don’t have the educational or social activities we take for granted, from attending school to marking each passing year by celebrating their birthday.

While some of these children will never know their actual date of birth, many institutions choose 1 June, International Children’s Day, as the day when all children have their ‘birthday’, further eroding their sense of individuality.

Light a Birthday Candle for Lumos aims to celebrate International Children’s Day and encourage people to host cake and candle themed fundraising events on and around 1 June 2011, in honour of the thousands of children unable to have their own birthday parties.


– make a donation: by simply clicking here to light a candle now

– bake and take: raise money in your workplace by creating some sweet treats for colleagues

– tea and cake: host a fund-raising afternoon tea for friends and family

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