While my husband was grilling last night I, of course, thought about what I could grill for dessert.
My husband is a firm believer that fruit does not belong in dessert. I know, crazy.
However, living in the south it is hard to turn your back on banana pudding. Even he can't resist it.
It is at every potluck, many weddings (including mine) and everyone has their own style of making it.
I decided to add a little twist of my own. Someone out there has probably already done it this way, but maybe not exactly this way... just amuse me.
Just to let you know I use the word "about" alot. It was the first time I made it and just made it up as I went so I didn't "exactly" measure everything.
You will need:
2 Tbls honey
2 tsp brown sugar
4-5 graham crackers
2 tbls butter
1 package of cook and serve vanilla pudding
(or make your own, that's awesome too)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 Tbls sugar
Let's get started!
Cut off both end of banana and slice lengthwise, leaving the peel on.
Drizzle honey over the banana and sprinkle on the brown sugar.
Let the brown sugar soak into the honey for a few minutes before grilling.
Grill CUT side down for about 5 minutes, flip and grill the peel side for about 2 minutes.
While the bananas are doing their thing, make the pudding.
I decided to use the cook and serve pudding, but by all means, make your own.
I would have made my own if I had more time. It was really tasty this way too.
For the crust:
Melt half a tablespoon of butter in cute little dishes, also known as ramekins.
Once melted mix in some crushed graham crackers, and sprinkle in some sugar.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes until set.
I did this step while the bananas were grilling.
Once your crust is done, pour in some pudding and top with banan slices. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Repeat for another layer.
Whip up some homemade whip cream, unless you have some around, then dollup some on.
To make homemade whip cream:
Chill the bowl and whisk in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
Pour 2 cups of heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl and start whisking. Using your mixer is a huge time save if it was a whisk attachment. Once it starts forming soft peaks add sugar to taste. My taste likes 3 tablespoons.
Top the pudding with whip cream, sprinkle with more graham cracker crumbs and top with a blueberry, just because.
How does it taste you ask.
Grilling the bananas gives it a nice nutty flavor and really takes the pudding to another level.
My husband ate his cup and started eating another one.
I do prefer it on the warm side. I put it in the fridge until after dinner, but it was still warm and oh so tasty.
To be honest, I didn't think it was going to taste this good.
My hubs finished off the last one today at lunch and said he was on the fence about which way her preferred it.
I hope you try it and come back and let me know what you think... maybe make the crust thicker, add some nuts... yum, can't wait to try it again.
Baking from my heart to your kitchen,