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Banana Cream Parfaits

Bob Ross was quoted in saying “…just ‘smoosh’ it in there. It’s not a real word, but people seem to know what it means.” Oh Bob Fro Ross. I miss him as much as I miss Mr. Rogers. I bring ole’ Bob into it again because it’s very true. What does ‘squish’ mean for that matter? (btw, it’s an actual word). But somehow, even if it sounds like a made up word, when I tell you that this particular dessert is one comprised of many ‘squished’ layers of decadence, it’s anticipation, not confusion that is the appropriate response. My friends call me Squish and I find it endearing and not only so, it’s a regular verb in my vocabulary that just comes in handy. A trifle, a tiramisu, a layer cake, and even this parfait are all familiar with the term ‘squish.’ So, watch Squish squish a variety of cool creams and crumbly buttery cookies with ooey, gooey caramel to see for yourself how ‘squishing’ can be fun and delicious,
Ingredients
  Vanilla wafers 20
  Banana 1⁄2 , sliced
For the cream
  Heavy cream 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Whole milk 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Egg yolks 2
  Cornstarch 2 Tablespoon
  Vanilla extract/Vanilla bean 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Pinch
For the caramel
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Brown sugar 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Butter 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Heavy cream 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
For whipped cream
  Heavy cream 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Powdered sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Directions

MAKING
1. In a saucepan, heat up milk and cream with scraped vanilla bean.
2. Add in sugar, cornstarch and egg yolks and whisk vigorously, do not scramble the yolks, whisk until the mixture bubbles and thickens, add in salt and stir.
3. Transfer the mixture, in to a bowl, allow to cool, cover with a plastic wrap straight on the mixture and refrigerate until needed.
For Caramel Sauce
4. In a saucepan with candy thermometer over low heat, put all the ingredients for the caramel sauce, allow the mixture to reach 234 F with a candy thermometer and set aside.

FINALIZING
For the whipped cream
5. In a mixer bowl, beat together heavy cream and powdered sugar until soft peak consistency.
6. Add in the vanilla essence and beat until stiff peak.
7. In an individual parfait glass, layer cookies, sliced bananas, caramel sauce, again with banana slices and top with cream.

SERVING
8. Garnish with crushed vanilla wafers if you'd like and serve as a dessert.

TIPS
You could soak the vanilla wafers in any liquor of your choice for enhanced flavor.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Dessert
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Assembled
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Banana
Interest: 
Kids, Party
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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