What's Cooking, Vol. 6
Dec. 18, 2010 1:21 pm
Updated: Dec. 18, 2010 3:25 pm
Season's greetings to all! I have been in crazy mode with work for a while and haven't had much time to cook or blog, but tis' the season! And today I made something for a party tonight which is sure to be a big hit with your family and friends. It's
a holiday twist on a classic.
Everyone loves homemade banana pudding. I get requests for it all summer long. Today I was feeling very Chrsitmassy and decided to put a holiday twist on this summer favorite. Enter eggnog banana pudding! This is soooooooo good and pretty easy to make.
For the custard, you start out with a cup of sugar, half a cup of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Combine all of this together and put into a sauce pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and some freshly grated nutmeg. Beat 5 eggs and add to the dry ingredients
in the sauce pan, combining thoroughly. Turn the heat on low, and add two cups of milk and one cup of eggnog.
Be forewarned that making a quality custard requires time and patience. You can't rush it. Once the heat is on, you will need to whisk constantly for about 15 to 20 minutes until the custard starts to thicken. Just when you think you have done something
wrong and it's never going to turn into thick, creamy goodness, I promise you it will thicken right up. Keep cooking until the custard reaches a nice rich pudding consistency.
Remove from the heat, continuing to stir to cool it down slightly. Add 3/4 teaspoon of good vanilla and about three tablespoons of butter. Whisk until smooth.
Since it's the holidays, I replaced my traditional graham cracker crumbs (I know.....most folks use vanilla wafers) with crushed up store-bought almond cookies. Breaking up the cookies is a great way to reduce some holiday stress! I crush mine in a freezer
bag with the flat side of a meat tenderizer. Crush up a whole box of these and set aside.
Next, peel and slice about four or five bananas depending on size. I love bananas. So I tend to go a little heavy on them.
Now it's time to layer. Spread cookie crumbs along the bottom of your serving dish so that it's fully covered. Then scatter your bananas in an even layer on top of the cookie crumbs. Next, pour your eggnog custard over the bananas and smooth out so that
it's even. Finish this off by sprinkling a solid layer of cookie crumbs over the top. Cover, refrigerate and prepare to wow!
This is an absolutely delicious holiday dessert. The bananas keep it fresh, and the spicy eggnog, cinnamon and nutmeg really bring out the Christmas spirit. One taste of this, and I'll bet this becomes a holiday tradition!
If you decide to make it, let me know how you like it. Until next time, cheers!