July 15, 2013

UFG Banana Pudding Trifle

Happy Monday, UFG'ers! 
So much happening at the UFG household!
The UFG wedding extravaganza is officially on!  Deposit has been put down on the venue and I said yes to the dress!  Excitement abounds! All we have to do is firm up the menu and the big stuff is done - it's pretty much the best feeling in the world.
Today is week 2 at the new jobby and it's fantastic. It's going to be a lot of work, but it's a wonderful company and I couldn't be more excited!
On to today's recipe.  I had to make a dessert for a 4th of July with my sister and her family and wanted to make something in my new trifle dish - and thus, UFG Banana Pudding Trifle was born! The pudding is homemade and couldn't be easier - it's dessert after all, so there are a couple of splurges, like real whipped cream, but the stuf in the can is pure chemical, and in the end, it's healthier to use all natural ingredients.   I hope you enjoy this trifle as much as my family and I did! (The Mailman pretty much devoured it)  Recipe after the jump!

Day old angel food cake
1/2 box, crushed vanilla wafer cookies
4 medium bananas
1 qt - skim milk
3 tbsp Stevia (pudding)
2 tbsp Stevia (whipped cream)
3.5 tbsp corn starch
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 pint heavy whipping cream - very cold

Step 1 - make the pudding!  Make a slurry with 1 cup of the skim milk and the corn starch.  Put the rest of the skim milk along with 3 tbsp of stevia in a saucepan over medium heat and add the slurry.  Stir constantly.  When it starts to thicken - it seriously thickens! When it thickens a bit, add the vanilla and stir, stir, stir!  When it starts to look like pudding, take it off the heat and put in the fridge to cool down. Stir occasionally so that a film doesn't form.

Step 2 - Whipped cream!  Add the cream and 2 tbsp of stevia to a bowl and whip until you see stiff peaks form.  If you like - add a little bit of vanilla to the cream before whipping - but I actually love it without!  Keep in the fridge until ready to assemble.

Step 3 - prep! Slice your bananas - I like to do it on the bias - tear the angel food cake into tiny bits, and crush your vanilla wafers.   Now, get all the ingredients out of the fridge and assemble!

Your layers are:  angel food cake, pudding, whipped cream, bananas, crushed cookies.  In my trifle bowl, it took about 3 layers - and I did an extra layer of bananas on the very bottom so they could be seen through the glass.

Refrigerate for a few hours before serving so that the pudding can soak into the angel food cake - and voila!

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