7.28.2011

A Dixie Banana Pudding Trifle - my "Chopped" moment...

A "Dixie" pudding/trifle

I have to tell the story behind this one.  I needed to make a dessert for a funeral lunch of a dear friend.  It had been an exhausting weekend and start to the week and my grandiose plans of some fabulous and intricate yummy dessert were left behind because of shear exhaustion.  I looked through the freezer and cupboards and found the following:  A 1/2 sheet cake in the freezer (Florida Citrus flavor) that I originally baked for a going away party the previous weekend. Lemon curd, Coconut curd, Vanilla pudding, Cool Whip,
Chocolate sprinkles,  and a couple of bunches of bananas ready to turn (who was not eating the bananas???)

I wondered what could I do and mulled it over for a few days.  When Wednesday morning came, I woke up and had this idea.  Its a banana pudding/trifle kinda thing.  I can't see to find the right "name" for it.    I put it together, chilled it for several hours, told a few friends the story and had them try it to see if it worked (I know, a little lame, right?) What convinced me it was a success was when we saw people grabbing paper cups and scooping some in the cups to take home with them.   There was just enough left (I made this very large disposable aluminum lasagna/roasting pan size) to scoop out and take home to try with Tom.  I do have to say, it is quite tasty AND it is easy to make, so Enjoy!

By the way - glad you were all patient in waiting for a new post.  Its been quite the last few weeks.

Banana pudding trifle?  Any ideas what to call it? 

1 unfrosted, already baked cake.  Preferably vanilla or citrus flavored.  I used a "Florida" cake I had on hand that was not frosted.
1 package (large)of instant vanilla pudding
3 cups whole milk
1 large carton of cool whip (you can use the equivalent of freshly whipped whipping cream if you are going to serve it within a few hours)
4-5 bananas, peeled and sliced
1 jar of Trader Joes (or your favorite brand) lemon curd
1 jar of Coconut curd
Real chocolate sprinkles

1).  In a mixing bowl, add the vanilla and milk.  Whisk with a wire whip.  To the mix, fold in the thawed cool whip (Or whipped cream).  Set in fridge until ready to use.
2).  Slice the cake in long strips, about 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick.
3). In a deep dish baking pan (I use a lasagna pan), line the bottom of the pan with the cake strips, only one layer, laying them on their side so the cake is exposed and the top/bottom of the cake is touching the other pieces.
4).  Spread the lemon curd on top of the cake, covering it entirely.
5).  On top of the lemon curd layer, lay out the sliced bananas in one layer.
6).  On top of the banana layer, pour half of the whipped cream/pudding mix.  Spread evenly.

Repeat items 3 through 6.   Sprinkle the final pudding/cream layer with chocolate sprinkles.

Chill in Fridge for at least 2 hours.

I scooped out the dessert with a large spoon, into bowls, like you would banana pudding.

We were discussing the variations you could do with this recipe - different fruits, different curds, instead of curd a raspberry, blueberry or strawberry sauce; different pudding, etc.   Its a "use your imagination" and whats in your pantry kind of recipe.

Enjoy.  Tell us how you made it your own!

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