Banana and Chocolate Cream Pie Parfaits

To make her outstanding deconstructed banana cream pie, pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka, of Honolulu's MW Restaurant, layers eggless chocolate pudding with cinnamon-flavored graham cracker crumbs, ice cream, bananas and banana whipped cream.

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  • Servings: 6

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Ingredients

pudding
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
crumbs
  • 9 whole graham crackers, coarsely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of kosher salt
banana cream
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup mashed banana
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced, for serving
  • 1 pint banana or vanilla ice cream, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the pudding In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and salt with 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Whisk in the cocoa powder, then whisk in the cornstarch slurry and cook until thick, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate and butter until smooth. Scrape the pudding into a bowl and press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the 
surface. Let cool, then refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, make the crumbs In a bowl, toss the crushed graham crackers with the butter, honey, cinnamon and salt until evenly moistened.
  3. Make the banana cream In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the cream with the sugar, mashed banana and vanilla seeds to stiff peaks.
  4. Spoon the pudding into six 8-ounce jars or cups. Top with a sprinkling of the graham cracker crumbs, a layer of sliced bananas and a scoop of ice cream. Garnish the parfaits with a dollop of the banana cream and graham cracker crumbs and serve.

Make Ahead

The pudding can be refrigerated for 3 days. The crumbs can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published January 2016





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