Mini banana pudding trifles for two made with caramel pudding for a fun twist on classic Southern Banana Pudding.
I just really need the world to know that you can make caramel pudding so easily.
Next time you venture down the path of homemade pudding (which I hope is very soon), can I beg you to caramelize the sugar before proceeding with your regular recipe? No extra pan required, promise! Even if the recipe is chocolate pudding--chocolate caramel pudding is just one extra step away. Butterscotch pudding--nope, caramel butterscotch pudding wins.
The person who opened my eyes to this lovely step in pudding prep is Billy Green of Wit & Vinegar. He combined his dessert prowess, hilarity, wit, and good looks into a real life book! It's called Whip it Up!, and I had to have it. It's got tacos, frozen treats, his grandma's desserts, and lots of margarita potential. I'm a big fan.
I'm also a big fan of scaling down banana pudding recipes so that I can eat the entire rest of the box of vanilla wafers. Banana pudding trifle for two for the win!
I scaled down his recipe for Caramel Banana Pudding to serve two, and he's totally cool with it. Even though we could clear out all 8 servings of this banana pudding between the two of us before noon, we shouldn't, right? Right?
When you're making this caramel pudding, you're going to curse a little. You're going to doubt me. You're going to want to throw the whisk across the room and yell 'Peace, I'm out!' and swear off baking.
That's because when the caramel is done, well..caramelizing, and you stir in the milk, everything seizes.
The caramel turns into one big crunchy sheet, and when you start whisking, it clumps around the whisk miserably. And you just start to think that life is really very unfair. But stay with me!
I would have thrown in the towel if Billy didn't hold my hand through this process, too. And sure enough, he was right--it really will melt and come together.
I made this caramel pudding 4 times in a row, and every time, I squealed a little when it was done. And then I shoved another handful of vanilla wafers in my mouth. I basically made the dessert you see here in the photos with cookie crumbs from the bottom of the box because I ate all the cookies during pudding prep.
Don't be like me. Make these mini banana pudding trifles with caramel pudding in a much more responsible way.
Caramel Banana Pudding
This caramel banana pudding is a great make ahead dessert.
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons water
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- pinch of salt
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 20 vanilla wafer cookies
- 1 banana, sliced
- In a heavy-bottom sauce pan, add the sugar and water. Turn the heat to medium-high, and leave it be--do not stir. You can tilt and swirl the pan to help it blend, but do not stir.
- Once the sugar-water syrup turns a light amber color, it's done. Turn off the heat.
- Carefully, pour in ¾ cup of the milk and whisk it together. It will bubble and seize up, but just keep whisking and I promise it will melt and all come together.
- Once the caramel mixture is smooth, turn the heat back to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining ¼ cup of milk, cornstarch, salt and vanilla. Stir this into the pan, cook 30 seconds until it thickens, and then turn off the heat.
- Pour the pudding into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill for at least 4 hours.
- About 3 hours before you want to serve the pudding, whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
- In two serving glasses, layer everything together in thirds: a layer of cookies, a layer of caramel pudding, a layer of sliced bananas, and a layer of whipped cream. Repeat until everything is used up.
- Cover the glasses with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 hours, and then serve.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 287mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 2gSugar: 49gProtein: 8g
"And you just start to think that life is really very unfair. " Ha I love this! I'm thinking caramel banana pudding should be added to the dessert menu for Thanksgiving.
I have to try caramelizing the sugar in pudding recipes! It sounds amazing!!
And I'm definitely not judging you for eating the cookies during prep ;)
ohmygod how did I miss this. THANK YOU FOR SCALING IT DOWN SO THERE'S LESS FOR ME TO DO DAMAGE WITH.
I burnt mine :( It went from a pale amber to a darker amber very quickly. Still going to eat it. I added banana slices in at the simmer stage, and will make hand pies with it. Thanks for the recipe!
This was SO GOOD! Def had the exact moment you described of adding milk to the caramel and it all clumping up and turning into a mess that made me think "I failed" but you were right, it works, just keep going!! And it was delicious, I wish it made more but it's also good that it doesn't because I would have probably gorged myself on it haha.