Thursday: What’s Baking?

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert - A simply amazing dessert!

In need of something delectable to satisfy your summer cravings? This basic, yet scrumptious dessert can fool even the best critics! This easy peasy Banana Caramel Cream Dessert can be enjoyed after a fabulous outdoor dinner, or as a “just because” snack. A cream parfait is an simple solution to skipping on the baking during hotter days, but still having a proper dessert to show for it. Taking a few of these babies out of the fridge, and serving them chilled in a fancy dessert dish, will impress the pants off of your loved ones for sure!

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert

Yield: 6-10 servings (see notes)

Creamy homemade pastry cream, fresh banana, caramel, whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble!

ingredients:

Ingredients~

Vanilla Pastry Cream (recipe below)

Bananas (I used two bananas for 6 small dessert servings)

Good quality caramel sauce, or dulce de leche.

Fresh whipped cream (I used 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar)

Graham Cracker crumble (recipe below)

Vanilla Pastry Cream

  • 2/3 cup sugar (can be reduced to 1/2 cup if you prefer desserts less sweet)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste)

Graham Cracker Crumble

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sized crackers)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Directions:

Make Pastry Cream –

  1. In a medium bowl,  beat eggs with a fork to combine.  Set aside.
  2. Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan.  Gradually pour in milk, while whisking, to make a smooth mixture.  Cook over medium heat, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils.  Continue to cook and stir one minute.
  3. Pour several tablespoons of the hot mixture into the bowl with the eggs and immediately stir well.  Pour warmed egg mixture into the pan with the rest of the hot milk mixture.  Return to a slow boil, and cook one minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.  Set aside to cool.  When the pan has cooled, place in the refrigerator to fully cool.  If desired, lay a piece of plastic wrap on the top surface of the pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming.

Make Graham Cracker Crumble –

  1. Crush crackers in a large ziplock type bag.  Pour crumbs, sugar and melted butter into a bowl and , stir until fully combined.  Pour into a 9″x13″ casserole dish and press into a even layer.  Bake at 350*F for 10-12 minutes, until light brown.  Allow to cool.
Banana Caramel Cream Dessert - A simply amazing dessert!

Assemble dessert –

  1. Spoon about 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumble into individual serving dishes.  Use a small glass to press the crumble into a firm layer (as pictured below).
  2. Add a layer of pastry cream into each dish.  For easy assembly, fill a large ziplock type bag with the pastry cream, snip off the end and fill the dishes from this bag.
  3. Add a few slices of banana.
  4. Top bananas with a layer of whipped cream.
  5. Add some graham cracker crumble and a drizzle of caramel (scoop caramel or dulce de leche into a small ziplock bag and snip off the end for easy application).

Repeat layers 2-5

Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 3 hours.  Top with a slice of fresh banana just before serving.

*Recipe taken from glorioustreats.com

Simple French Crème Brûlée Recipe

When you’re out shopping, and you see some interesting serving dishes, never be afraid to pick up a few. These things always come in handy, as they are a major statement piece for the recipes you try at home. Serving style and presentation are key factors in taking your dessert from good to fabulous! Just consider the concept of Crème Brûlée. They are baked in the oven in cute little ramekins, and then torched on the top for a brittle caramelization effect. Exciting! One of my favourite desserts, more so for the process, but still a big fan of the taste! Get busy with your no-bake baking day, and remember to add the creativity! That is where the fun truly lies. Happy Thursday everyone!

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