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Bananas Foster Pudding

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Pudding:

1 cup store-bought vanilla pudding

1 cup whipped cream 

1 tablespoon orange zest 

2 tablespoons honey or corn syrup 

2 tablespoons gold sanding sugar or turbinado sugar

4 thin chocolate chip cookies, crumbled 

1 large banana, sliced into 1/4-inch coins 

Bananas Foster:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar 

1 large banana, sliced into 1/4-inch coins 

3 tablespoons dark rum or bourbon (see Cook's Note)

Directions

  1. For the pudding: Fold together pudding, cream and orange zest in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Pour a very thin layer of honey or corn syrup on a small plate. Make a pile of gold sanding sugar on another small plate. Hold a coupe glass upside down and gently tap the rim in the honey (a little goes a long way). Immediately roll the edge of the glass in the sanding sugar and place upright to dry. Repeat with 3 more coupe glasses.
  3. Dollop about 1/4 cup pudding mixture into the bottom of each glass. Top with a layer of crumbled cookies, then a layer of banana slices and another 1/4 cup pudding. Chill until ready to serve, up to 2 hours.
  4. For the bananas Foster: When you are ready to serve, melt the butter in a medium nonstick skillet. Add brown sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. Stir in bananas until coated well. Take off the heat and carefully add rum, then light with a lighter or match and let burn until the liquor burns off. Let bananas cool slightly, then add a spoonful of bananas to each of the glasses. Serve immediately.

Cook’s Note

To make homemade whipped cream, combine 1 cup chilled heavy cream and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in a large glass bowl. Whip, with a whisk or hand mixer, until stiff peaks form. To make a version with no alcohol, add 3 tablespoons orange juice to the pudding, and omit the rum and the flambeing of the bananas.