Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Banana Pudding Pie with Bananas Foster Topping
Another Pudding Pie...and it's instant (shhhhh!) I know what you're thinking; instant pudding? Right? I thought the same thing, but I was in a rush one Sunday morning preparing for company coming over and I realized there was no dessert. I frantically looked through the cabinets and found vanilla instant pudding. I had a pre-made graham cracker crust and some ripe bananas, so I figured why not?
I was suprised to read on Sweetnicks blog that Bananas are one of the Top 10 Brain Foods. According to the Cate, Bananas contain trytophan, a protein that, once converted, helps put you in a good mood. And they also help ward off depression and dark moods. What better reason to eat more Banana Pie!!
I followed the pudding box instructions for pie and added in a 1/2 teaspoon of banana extract to the mixture. The bananas are placed on the bottom of the crust and the pudding is poured on top. This was just too simple for me, so I decided to make a quick Bananas Foster for the top.
Bananas Foster Topping
In a saute pan over medium-low heat, melt 3 tablespoons butter with 4 tablespoons brown sugar and bring to a boil. Add 2 ripe, sliced bananas and toss to coat in the sugar mixture. Continue to cook for a minute and remove from heat. Pour in a shot of rum (I used Amaretto), and return to heat for another minute. Serves 2. (I had enough for 4 servings) Source www.texascooking.com
Pour over each pie slice just before serving.
Obviously, the Bananas Foster topping made the pie a hit. It was so delicious, I could have eaten it alone. Actually, the recipe was listed in the food section of my newspaper as a sundae topping. Next time I make it, I'll try it over a nice bowl of vanilla, or better yet, maple walnut ice cream. I can't wait!
What is the quickest dessert you ever threw together?