Saturday, May 17, 2014

Banana Pudding Parfait

I think this dish is a Southern staple...

I also think this dish is the perfect dessert for spring and summer.

Who doesn't love a creamy pudding?  And when you layer it with ripe bananas and some vanilla wafers that soften to a cake-like consistency over time...mmmnnn!  Heaven!

There are so many variations of Banana pudding out there but I wanted to share with you my mom's version.
To make this easy for entertaining I took the recipe and created parfaits with it.  Speaking of entertaining, Memorial Day Weekend is coming up.  We always celebrate with a big barbecue and this would be the PERFECT dessert!

I hope you try my mom's version of this soul soothing dessert.  It's one that everyone will enjoy!

Banana Pudding Parfaits

Servings: 6

For the Pudding: 
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
6 egg yolks
3-1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For Assembling:
3-4 large bananas, very ripe but not mushy, sliced
1 box Vanilla Wafers

For Topping (Optional)
Whipped Cream or Non-Dairy Whipped Topping

In a medium saucepan, stir together the sugar, cornstarch, salt and yolks. Whisk in the milk and bring to simmer, stirring frequently, over medium heat 5-8 minutes. When the mixture starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low and continue cooking, whisking constantly, for 1-2 minutes until the mixture thickens. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately whisk in the butter and vanilla. 

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and place a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper directly over the pudding to prevent a film from forming. Chill in the refrigerator until cool about 2 hours.

To assemble, place one vanilla wafer in the bottom of each parfait glass. Spoon a large dollop of the pudding on top. Add a layer of vanilla wafers standing up against the sides of the glasses . Layer on some sliced bananas on top of the pudding. Repeat layers with pudding, vanilla wafers around the sides, and bananas layered to the top of the dish. Top with whipped cream or whipped topping, or some baked meringue for an authentic banana pudding. Top with a vanilla cookie or crumbs if desired.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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