Monday, August 24, 2009

Monkey Trifle (banana)

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I am no photographer and surely not a dessert chef but here is a wonderful trifle I made for my son's 14th birthday party. I quickly snapped a pic, but had no time for caring too much about the pic, I had so much to do...and so little time. There were about 20 crazy teenagers there, all scattered, some inside, some outside. I never got a group pic, which is a bit upsetting..but oh well. Family came to hang out as well.

This is so easy to make! Takes almost no time, and except for a nuke in the micro to melt the "ganache"...(coolwhip and choc chips) cooking either.

Monkey's Fav Banana Creme Trifle

18 whole graham crackers

3/4 c semi sweet chocolate chips

1 twelve oz container of Cool Whip,thawed

1 3.4 oz box banana cream instant pudding mix

1 C milk

1/2 lemon (for it's juice)

4 large bananas, sliced

Coursely crumble graham crackers with your hands and set aside

Next, to make the ganache, put chocolate chips and 1 & 1/2 C cool whip into a microwave safe bowl and nuke it for 15 seconds at a time and stir, doing this several times, until it comes together to form a creamy chocolatey fudgelike product (ganache). Put into a ziploc bag and cut off the tip to use as a piping bag.

In another bowl, whisk together the pudding mix and milk until it thickens, and then fold in remaining cool whip.

Drizzle half of the lemon's juice over top of bananas to prevent browning..

To assemble trifle, place 1/2 of the graham crackers on the bottom of the container you will serve it in, a trifle dish or glass bowl. Next place half of the bananas around the dish, sticking them against it all the way around and layer in the should still have half of the bananas left.
Next, take the piping bag of ganache and pipe it against the glass and drizzle it over the bananas in the center, using only about 1/3 of it.

Next layer half of the banana creme pudding over it, spreading out to the edge of the are trying to make this look like layers.

Repeat, using remaining graham crackers, remaining bananas, 1/3 of ganache, and remaining banana creme pudding.

Garnish the top with a banana slice or two or however you want, some graham cracker crumbs if you want and drizzle the remaining ganache on top....I did it in a B for my son's birthday.

I assembled this in my Southern Living Trifle dish, that doubles as a candy dish when not in use for trifle.
My son with some of his friends outside skateboarding and goofin off.

1 comment:

Donna-FFW said...

This sounds delicious. What a bonus that its so simple to make.