Banana Cream Parfaits

Bob Ross was quoted in saying just smoosh it in there. Its 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 its very true. What does squish mean for that matter? (btw, its 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, its anticipation, not confusion that is the appropriate response. My friends call me Squish and I find it endearing and not only so, its 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
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Ready In: 25 Minutes
Servings: 8

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 936Calories from Fat 484

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 54 g83.1%

Saturated Fat 32 g160%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol

Sodium 202 mg8.42%

Total Carbohydrates 110 g36.7%

Dietary Fiber 2 g8%

Sugars 63 g

Protein 6 g12%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet