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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Cooking LIght ~ Gingery Banana Pudding

The Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club is re-creating memories this month . . . The theme for our supper club is 'Everything Old is New Again' The idea was to recreate some of our favorite recipes from Mom's kitchen.
I thought of the Banana Pudding that was served at the WhistleStop Cafe . . . Yummy ~ but full of calories. Instead I found this recipe for  Gingery Banana Pudding on Cooking Light. It is a 'little' lighter with fresher ingredients.
The flavor is kicked up a notch with fresh ginger, gingersnap cookies (I used Gluten-Free) and a bourbon cream on top.
That is making the old New again ~
Gingery Banana Pudding with a Bourbon Cream
1/2 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
4cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
2 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, divided
12 gingersnaps, crumbled and divided
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons minced crystallized ginger

Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan. Gradually whisk in 3 cups milk. Heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil).
 Combine remaining 1 cup milk and yolks; stir with a whisk. Gradually add 1 cup hot milk mixture to yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Add egg yolk mixture to pan. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly
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Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 20 minutes or until mixture cools, stirring occasionally. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until chilled.
Mash 2 bananas; cut remaining 2 bananas into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Stir mashed and sliced bananas and half of gingersnaps into pudding; chill 30 minutes.

Combine cream and 1 teaspoon sugar in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form; stir in bourbon, if desired.
Spoon 2/3 cup pudding into each of 8 dessert glasses; divide remaining gingersnaps among servings. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons whipped cream, 1 1/2 teaspoons pecans, and 3/4 teaspoon ginger.

It is definitely not the Whistlestop Banana Pudding ~ It is yummy and there isn't a vanilla wafer in sight.

 

Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Old Timey ~  New Style feast.
Jerry has upgraded the classic Green Bean Casserole
Val is making Meatloaf Bolongese
Susan is bringing Curried Crab Salad on Belgin Endive Spears
Sara is updating a Wedge Salad
Y'all enjoy ~
Sandi

5 comments:

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I love ginger and banana pudding, so I'm sure I would gobble this right up! Ginger is an underused ingredient!
Thanks.

bellini said...

Wow this steps it up a notch Sandi. I must admit to never having heard of it before, but now it is definitely on my radar.

Susan Lindquist said...

Wow! Looks so delish!And I love the retro look of the cocktail glass serving 'dish' ... I received some beautiful candied ginger for Christmas. I am going to make a small batch of this gorgeous pudding! Great recipe, Sandi!

Sarah said...

Great choice on this menu. This reminds me of the banana cream pie that was so popular in small town Sask. Love the addition of ginger.

JDeQ said...

Good heavens - that looks tasty but seems like a big mess of work! Isn't there a box of banana pudding somewhere. . .

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