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Banana Pudding Parfaits


Bring on the whipped cream to adorn these sweet banana treats.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, April 2007


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas, plus more for garnish
  • 12 shortbread or other vanilla-flavored cookies (4 to 5 ounces total), crumbled, plus more for garnish
  • Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish


  1. Have ready a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl. In a medium saucepan, off heat, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Very gradually (a few tablespoons at a time), whisk in milk, taking care to dissolve cornstarch; whisk in egg yolks.

  2. Whisking constantly, cook mixture over medium heat until the first large bubble forms and sputters. Reduce heat to low; whisking constantly, cook 1 minute. Remove from heat, and immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir butter and vanilla into hot pudding. Let pudding cool slightly; meanwhile, slice bananas.

  3. In six 8-ounce glasses, alternately layer warm pudding with cookies and bananas, ending with pudding and covering bananas as completely as you can to prevent discoloration. Refrigerate until set, at least 1 hour, and covered with plastic wrap, up to 2 days.

  4. To serve, top with whipped cream and more crumbled cookies and sliced bananas.

Cook's Notes

For a sweetened whipped cream, beat 1/2 cup heavy cream with 1 tablespoon of sugar until soft peaks form.

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