In making easy desserts, the ingredients would usually dictate how it’s done. Fruits in particular, if we don’t feel like serving them as is, benefit from a bit of poaching, baking, caramelizing, or being a main ingredient in a cake, pie, tart, and even cookies. They require only to be peeled and chopped, and if you’re out of time, be opened from a can, ready to whip into a shapely dessert in just a few moments.
The recipes in this collection demonstrate how easy desserts can be achieved. Candied citrus peel and other fruit peels make for a great flavoring to your dessert concoctions. We suggest using fruits as the basis of your easy dessert, like the baked pineapple for example. After removing the skin and core of the pineapple, it’s briefly baked in the oven then served with a warm citrus sauce. The banana pudding is another easy to make dessert. Make the creamy pudding upon which the banana slices and vanilla wafers are to be layered the covered with a ready whipped topping before it’s chilled.
In other variations of banana pudding, the whole is baked and served warm. The refrigerated method, which this recipe employs, is the more popular and the more convenient, ideal for those with busy lifestyles. In other recipes, ready made vanilla pudding is used instead of custard, which thus requires no cooking at all and the cook simply has to assemble the ingredients together and chill it in the fridge. In yet other versions, wafer cookies are not included.
After layering the custard, wafers, bananas, and whipped cream in a dish and chilling it in the fridge, the wafers absorb the custard overtime pressing the ingredients together and allowing the flavors to meld and mingle creating a lusciously harmonious dish. You can either slice the bananas into rounds or long thin strips.
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
8 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
4 cups milk
Vanilla wafer cookies
5 bananas (peeled and sliced)
9 oz. refrigerated whipped topping
1. Pour the flour, sugar, a dash of salt, and the eggs in a saucepan over medium heat. A small amount at a time, add the milk, stirring and cooking constantly until thickened. Cool completely.
2. Line a casserole dish with the wafer cookies. Layer the banana slices over the cookies. Layer the flour mixture over the bananas. Repeat until all the ingredients are used up, ending with the flour mixture.
3. Spoon the whipped topping over the whole and refrigerate until chilled thoroughly.