Love in a Cup
Buttery biscuit crumble, fresh banana custard, whipped vanilla cream and thick homemade caramel sauce… (take a moment to wipe the drool from your mouth please people!) oh the joy of that classic Banoffee flavour combination, it really is almost too good to be true!
This is a dessert that I came up with when having a dinner party for some very special friends of mine. They mean the absolute world to me and they do allot for me. I wanted to cook them dinner to say thank you and let them know just how much I appreciate their friendship. The thing is when I cook it is generally because I want to show the person eating my food just how much I love them. To me it is a way of expressing myself as I cook with my emotions (deep I know!.. but true). I wanted this special dinner party to end with a lasting memory and I knew dessert was going to be where I was going to pack the most sweet love in!! I have had this dessert sitting in the back of my mind for years… probably ever since I bought these sweet little desert cups on sale from Ikea. I had an idea that this banoffee concoction was going to be yummy, however I didn’t quite expect it to be so good that my best friends (who have eaten more of my desserts than anyone else) would claim it to be my best dessert ever!! To be completely honest it almost feels a bit wrong how much attention and praise they gained considering how simple it was to make!…. maybe it was the secret ingredient LOVE.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can whip it up ahead of time. This is the secret to making your dinner party skills seem flawless.. when you return from the kitchen with a tray full of these bad boys your guests will be most impressed.
This desert really could not be any easier.
Buttery biscuit crumble
1 packet digestive biscuits
100 g butter, melted
Fresh banana custard
2 large ripe bananas thinly sliced
I x packet of instant vanilla pudding
Whipped vanilla cream
250 ml thickened cream
1 tsp vanilla seed paste
Thick homemade caramel sauce
1 can sweetened condensed milk
½ cup Brown sugar
100 g butter
I like to take my time and make each component separate and then it is just a matter of layering all of the sweet goodness into your serving glasses and then retrieving from the fridge when the time is right.
For the buttery biscuit crumbs, process the digestive biscuits in a food processor until a rough crumb forms. You don’t want your crumbs too fine otherwise it will not give a great texture suited to soaking up the butter. This is also the crunch element in the dessert. Mix the processed biscuits with the melted butter and then set aside. Don’t worry if you do not have a food processor.. just pop the biscuits in a ziplock bag and give them a good bash with a rolling pin!
For the fresh banana custard start by slicing your bananas as thin as possible. Mix up the instant vanilla pudding according to the packet instruction and then fold the fresh banana through. Chill in the fridge for about 5 minutes (just before it firms up) you still want to be able to spoon the custard into the parfait glasses.
For the whipped vanilla cream use a whisk attachment on your electric mixer to whip the thickened cream until soft peaks form. Stir in the vanilla seed paste. Set aside in the fridge.
Now for the best part!... the thick homemade caramel sauce!
In a saucepan combine the brown sugar and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and bring to a boil without stirring, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush (this prevents sugar crystals forming and gives a nice smooth caramel). Boil the mixture until a rich caramel colour is reached ( 5-6 minutes). Stir in the condensed milk and butter. Continue stirring for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. Allow the caramel to cool in the fridge before using.
Once all of your elements are prepared it is just a matter of layering. I like to at least get two thin layers of each element in so that with each big spoonful you are getting a bit of everything! I finish my parfaits with a little piped whipped cream and a dusting of buttery biscuit crumbs.. delicious!
See I told you they are super easy!! But shhhhh do not let your dinner guest know!
Lots of sweet love always,