Chocolate Chip Cookie:
Roasted Banana Pudding, Shaved Chocolate, Fresh Banana
4 C Half & Half
2 C Heavy Cream
6 T Corn Starch
10 Ea Large Egg Yolks
1 T Good Quality Vanilla
1 t. Salt
4 T. Unsalted Butter
1.5 C Sugar
1.5 Ea Lemon
3 Ea Bananas Roasted
Chocolate for Shaving (as needed)
1. Place the bananas in a 325 degree oven and roast for 20 minutes—the peels will turn black and this is perfectly normal. Bananas should be chosen to be slightly under ripe, yet yellow, to ensure that they do not become watery and weep the pudding after roasting.
2. Combine the heavy cream and half & half, salt, as well as 1 C of the sugar and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat. (If you are on an electric burner, remove from the heated element.)
3. Combine the egg yolks, cornstarch and remaining sugar in a large bowl and reserve until the dairy comes to a simmer
1. Slowly add some of the hot dairy to the egg yolk mixture and mix well. Add 16 Oz of the liquid in small doses to keep the eggs from scrambling. This method allows the eggs to slowly bring their temperature up and will prevent curdling.
2. Return the cream mixture to a low heat and slowly add the egg mixture to it, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until the mixture has large bubbles in in and it thickens fully. This will take about 3-5 minutes.
3. Remove the mix from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
4. Place 1.5 of the roasted bananas and the juice of ½ a lemon into a food processor and puree until very smooth, about 1 minute.
5. Add ½ of the pudding mix and puree until incorporated. Pour into a large baking dish and repeat the process with the remaining bananas and pudding mixture. (Alternatively, you could pour into a martini glass, small jar, or other container if you wish to have it in individual servings)
6. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding mixture and place immediately under refrigeration. Reserve until ready to use.
7. To assemble, layer the pudding, sliced fresh bananas and crumbled cookies unto your serving dish of choice and continue until all ingredients are gone. This looks great as a large trifle, in a baking dish, small trifles, stemless martini glasses, mason jars, etc. Garnish with grated chocolate, if desired.
Note: If you prefer to not make the pudding from scratch, you can add the roasted bananas to your favorite packaged pudding mix or ready-to-eat pudding.