Banana Caramel Cream Dessert

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert - A simply amazing dessert!

Some may say I’m a bit obsessed with desserts… and I’m sure they’re right.  A few weeks ago I was laying in bed late at night, dreaming up the creation I have for you today.  Mind you, it’s nothing all that ground breaking… but it sure is delicious!  A layer of rich pastry cream, fresh bananas, whipped cream, caramel sauce, and a graham cracker crust.  Each element is pretty tasty on it’s own, but when layered together they create a pretty amazing dessert!

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert - A simply amazing dessert!

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert

Ingredients~

Vanilla Pastry Cream (recipe below)

Bananas (I used two bananas for 6 small dessert servings)

Good quality caramel sauce, or dulce de leche.

Fresh whipped cream (I used 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream and 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar)

Graham Cracker crumble (recipe below)

Vanilla Pastry Cream

2/3 cup sugar (can be reduced to 1/2 cup if you prefer desserts less sweet)

1/4 cup cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups whole milk

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons butter

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste)

Directions:

In a medium bowl,  beat eggs with a fork to combine.  Set aside.

Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan.  Gradually pour in milk, while whisking, to make a smooth mixture.  Cook over medium heat, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture thickens and boils.  Continue to cook and stir one minute.

Pour several tablespoons of the hot mixture into the bowl with the eggs and immediately stir well.  Pour warmed egg mixture into the pan with the rest of the hot milk mixture.  Return to a slow boil, and cook one minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.  Set aside to cool.  When the pan has cooled, place in the refrigerator to fully cool.  If desired, lay a piece of plastic wrap on the top surface of the pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming.

Graham Cracker Crumble

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 10 full sized crackers)

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 Tablespoon sugar

Directions:

Crush crackers in a large ziplock type bag.  Pour crumbs, sugar and melted butter into a bowl and , stir until fully combined.  Pour into a 9″x13″ casserole dish and press into a even layer.  Bake at 350*F for 10-12 minutes, until light brown.  Allow to cool.

Dessert assembly~

(pictured below as well)

1.  Spoon about 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumble into individual serving dishes.  Use a small glass to press the crumble into a firm layer (as pictured below).

2.  Add a layer of pastry cream into each dish.  For easy assembly, fill a large ziplock type bag with the pastry cream, snip off the end and fill the dishes from this bag.

3.  Add a few slices of banana.

4.  Top bananas with a layer of whipped cream.

5.  Add some graham cracker crumble and a drizzle of caramel (scoop caramel or dulce de leche into a small ziplock bag and snip off the end for easy application).

Repeat layers 2-5

Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 3 hours.  Top with a slice of fresh banana just before serving.

Note:  I used 6 small dessert dishes.   If you make 6 desserts, you will have pastry cream and graham cracker crumble left over.  If you want to make more desserts, or one large trifle dish, you will have enough pastry cream and graham cracker crumble for 10-12 individual desserts.  For a large trifle, or more than 6 individual desserts I would double the amount of whipped cream listed above.

Recipe Source- Final recipe by Glorious Treats.

Vanilla pastry cream recipe adjusted from class notes from a college cooking class I took in 1997.

Alterations:  The recipes posted above are what I used, if you’d like to experiment with substitutions, such as using prepared pudding mix in place of the pastry cream, or cool whip in place of the whipped cream, feel free, but I can not attest to the results.

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert - A simply amazing dessert!

Press graham cracker crumble into individual dishes.

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert - A simply amazing dessert!

Add a layer of pastry cream and bananas.

Sweet, creamy, crunchy... this Banana Caramel Cream Dessert has it all!

Top bananas with whipped cream, graham cracker crumble and caramel.  Repeat layers.

Banana Caramel Cream Dessert - A simply amazing dessert!

Enjoy!

The most AMAZING dessert ever!  Sweet, creamy, crunchy... this Banana Caramel Cream Dessert has it all!

141 comments

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  2. I am making this dessert for the second time and was wondering if you’ve ever used white chocolate melted into the pudding filling? It’s amazing as it is, but thought I’d try it. Love your site!

  3. I doubled your filling then added one and a fourth cups or so of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips. I’m trying to make this a banana cream white chocolate pie. Drizzled with caramel. I’m hoping the white chocolate will thicken the filling so it will hold up better in a pie pan. The filling taste amazing! Warm and delicious….waiting is the hardest part! Thanks again for posting!

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  8. The caramel sauce do you make it or buy it ?

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  10. Hi, I’m in Australia. For the vanilla pastry cream, what type of sugar? Icing sugar, caster sugar, granulated sugar??? Is it the sugar you would use to make butter cream icing or the sugar that you’d put in a coffee? Thanks :)

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  13. I made this dessert for supper tonight for company. Everyone was raving about it! We all loved it!

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  16. Where did the glassware you’re serving the desserts in? Beautiful, perfect size!

  17. Where did the glassware you’re serving the desserts in? Beautiful, perfect size!

  18. Hello. I just discovered your blog. I love it. I live in France I am French. I often come back to your blog. thank you for your recipes

  19. Where can we get those dessert dishes from?

  20. Amei… nunca tinha provado algo tão fácil e tão gostoso…

  21. How many does it make?

    • The pastry cream recipe makes about 3 1/2 cups, so if you plan about 1/2 cup pastry cream per serving (and then layer in the other ingredients), you’ll get about 7 moderate sized servings.

  22. Looks so delicious! I love banana pudding, so I’m ALL about this!

  23. I love the taste of bananas but not the texture. Can you suggest a way to impart the flavor into the pastry cream so I don’t have to have big chunks of the actual banana in the dessert? Thanks!

  24. I think I shall incorporate some bourbon into this recipe

  25. can this be made in BIG dessert dish for holidays???? would you x 4?? to make??

  26. What is graham crackers

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