Monday, November 28, 2016

Pumpkin Banana Trifle

We like to eat bananas every day. But sometimes we forget. Recently, my mom handed me six beautiful bananas that she was ready to throw out. Okay, they weren't so beautiful. They had been in the fridge for a full week, so the peels were miserably discolored. But I did my very own test a few years ago to find out where to store bananas. The fridge won hands down. The peels look ucky, but the bananas inside lasted far longer than the ones stored at room temperature. 

I was not going to throw out those bananas! But how could I use them up? Now, if there's one thing my mother loves (our dear Lucy, too), it's whipped cream. So I combined some favorites and made sort of a cross between banana pudding and trifle.

I wanted to bring in flavors of the season and had pumpkin cake in mind, so I used Peg Cochran's recipe for a pumpkin roll. The cake part was exactly what I needed. The only thing I did differently was use granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar on the towel when I turned it out of the pan. I made our favorite chocolate pudding, but you could easily use vanilla, or butterscotch if you prefer. Then all I needed was whipped cream and the bananas.

I'll admit I was working fast and didn't take quite as much time as I should have to make this pretty. Honestly, I didn't anticipate posting it here. But we all liked it so much that I decided to share it!

Pumpkin Cake
by Peg Cochran

3 egg yolks

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 teaspoon salt

Pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Powdered sugar (I used granulated sugar)

Beat egg yolks for five minutes, gradually incorporating pumpkin and sugar.  Sift together dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture.

Line a jelly roll pan (10 x 15) with parchment paper.  I find it "sticks" better if you spray the pan with PAM even though that means you'll have to wash it.  I also spray the parchment paper with PAM which I guess makes me a "belt AND suspenders" type of person.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan.  It will be thin compared to a cake. That's how it's supposed to be.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15 minutes but check after about 12 minutes.  You don't want it to be too dry or it won't roll.  It should be "spongy."  

Sift powdered sugar all over a clean linen dish towel.  The sugar will prevent the cake from sticking.  Invert the cake onto the prepared dish towel (sometimes it helps to have a second pair of hands for this.) Peel off parchment paper. Let cool.

Chocolate Pudding

3 cups 2% milk
scant 3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup powdered chocolate
1/3 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 - 3 tablespoons butter

1. Pour the milk into the Pyrex measuring cup.

2. Combine the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in the pot. Whisk together and get rid of any lumps. Use the whisk like spoon, it’s just more efficient in breaking up the lumps.

3. Pour the cold milk into the pot and whisk until blended. (Note that you still haven't turned on the stove!)

4. Turn the burner to medium high and bring to a gentle boil, using the whisk as a spoon and stirring. You may need to turn down the heat when it begins to bubble. Cook so it gently bubbles, stirring with the whisk for one minute. It will thicken.

5. Remove from heat temporarily.

6. Break the egg into the same Pyrex cup and whisk with the small whisk (or a fork).

Drop a tiny amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg and whisk immediately to temper it. Add a little bit more and whisk. (This is so the egg won’t seize up and cook when it’s added to the warm liquid.)

7. Add the egg to the milk mixture and whisk in.

8. Bring to a gentle boil again and let cook for one minute, stirring the whole time.

9. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and the butter.

10. Cover with waxed paper while it cools so it won't form a skin.

11. Cool, but use in the trifle before fully set.

Whipped Cream

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
scant 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat the cream until it just begins to take shape. Add the powdered sugar and beat in. Add the vanilla and beat until it barely holds a shape and will still spread easily.


5 - 6 bananas, sliced

Start with a layer of cake on the bottom. It doesn't have to be perfect. Top with a little pudding and lay banana slices on top. Add a layer of whipped cream. Repeat. It doesn't really matter what order they are in, but I ended with a layer of whipped cream, which I spread to the edges.

Like banana pudding, the banana slices won't be quite as bright white the next day or two, but it's still yummy!

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  1. This trifle is a wonderful recipe/way to use up the bananas! And I definitely want to read The Diva Wraps It Up.

  2. This looks very yummy! And I haven't read The Diva Wraps It Up. Thanks for the chance.

  3. that looks fabulous--thanks for making my whipped cream:). wouldn't it be good with gingerbread cake too??

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  6. Looks really good, an upgrade from the vanilla wafer banana dish. Love bananas. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. What fun!
    I like how you took your available ingredients and creativity and produced a lovely creation.

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  15. I love trifles. :)

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  17. The recipe looks like something I would try - no chocolate though.

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  20. Thanks for the new idea with bananas and for a chance at the book!

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  22. I didn't know you could put them in the refrigerator. I just remember the jingle - I'm a Chiquita banana and I'm here to say, You should never put me in the refrigeray.

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  25. This looks so yummy. I am having some people over for dinner next week, that would be a good dessert.

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  27. Yummy!! Haven't read this book yet!!
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  28. I love trifles, and this one looks so good -- pumpkin, bananas and chocolate - YUM! I wish I had a trifle bowl...

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  31. Love the book cover! The banana tips were good reminders, thanks. I think my family would love the trifle recipe. Thanks!

  32. I never knew about keeping bananas in the refrigerator. I will have to try it.

  33. Yummy recipe! I haven't read this 92nd yet. I sure am ready to, I great way to have some relaxing time during this busy time of year. Thank you for this opportunity.

  34. Yummy! Banana tips were neat. The cover is cool!

  35. Yum...well there went the diet...ha..I will try this after two weeks..looks delicious..thank for for the contest.

  36. I love bananas! Thanks for this giveaway chance!

  37. I would not have thought to combine pumpkin & banana, but this sounds yummy. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

  38. Would adore one. Thank you for chance

  39. Love the recipe! Has all our favorite flavors, so will definitely have to do this. Only thing not on hand is the pumpkin puree. Used it all up last week. Haven't shopped yet. And I would love to read that book. So thank you for a chance to get it sooner. Rather than later. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

  40. I love this series, and I love all the recipes that you have shared with us. This is one book that I haven't read yet. I have most of the series on my kindle as well as the Murder Most Howl series, ( I know that's not the actual name of the series, but that was my favorite in this series) Thank you for the chance to win.

  41. Your trifle sounds interesting as does your book. I'd love to in a copy of your book to read.
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  42. That dessert looks very yummy! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. I love bananas and this recipe looks like a delicious way to use them instead of throwing them away. I never thought of combining these ingredients! I am a newbie to this website. I have not read any of your books. I would love to start with The Diva Wraps It Up. Thanks for this great giveaway.

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  45. I haven't read this book yet gut would love to. And anything with chocolate makes my mouth water. Happy Holidays!

  46. read your other books and love them..would love to read this one

  47. Happy Holidays!! This book looks amazing to read!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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