Last week Michael enjoyed a sharing an anniversary toast with the hosts and viewers of Suncoast View on ABC 7, plus TWO birthday cakes since we have “Phil’s Birthday Cake” as well as Michael’s Birthday Cake” on this month’s featured menu in the Restaurant, of course.
Our Executive Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe was kind enough to share the recipe below if you’d like to try one of these dessert creations at home!
Michael’s Birthday Cake
Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse
Finished with Chocolate Shavings
Created by Michael’s On East Executive Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe as part of the “World’s Best” Epicurean Adventure (April 2017) in honor of the 30th anniversary of Michael’s On East. (Named after Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber, who loves Banana Cream Pie!)
For the Pastry Crust
9 ounces Flour, sifted
2 ounces Powered Sugar
4.5 ounces Cold Butter
A splash of Milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the dry ingredients together. Rub butter into flour mixture with your fingers. Add the beaten egg and milk. Form into dough. Place dough into a flat round shape in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Roll dough out between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Fit into tart pan, pick with fork and bake in oven until golden brown. Cool tart shell and brush with melted dark chocolate.
For the White Chocolate Mousse
4 ½ cups Heavy Cream
8 ounces Belgian White Chocolate
Dark Chocolate Shavings
Powdered Sugar to Garnish
Chocolate Sauce (Optional)
Bring ½ cup heavy cream to simmer. Chop Belgian white chocolate and place in bowl. Pour hot cream over and stir gently to make ganache, cool for 30 minutes. Whip the remaining 4 cups of heavy cream until firm (to a stiff consistency). Gently fold into the cooled ganache.
Slice the bananas into 3 ¼ inch thick slices. Fold into the mousse. Fill the tart shell with the banana white chocolate mousse. Top with an abundance of shaved dark chocolate. Dust lightly with powdered sugar. Chill, slice and enjoy with chocolate sauce.