Thursday, February 09, 2012

How to Make the World’s Easiest Banana Pie (and Other) Desserts

Guest Post by Dennis Weaver, The Prepared Pantry

What if the kids bring their friends by and want desserts? What can you give them that’s quick and easy?

Serve them little banana pies in cupcake liners.

What if it’s time for Sunday dinner and you want a great dessert that doesn’t take a lot of work? What can you serve your family?

Serve them little Chubby Cherry Desserts in ramekins.

What if friends are coming over and you want something that looks great and that everyone will like? What can you make?

Make Fresh Strawberry Desserts in stemware or dessert cups.

All three of these are easy desserts that you can put together in an instant. With the ingredients on the counter, we’ve found that we can make a set of six desserts in less than five minutes.

You just need to keep a few key ingredients on hand:

• A package of premade Bavarian Cream pastry filling.
Chocolate or caramel dessert sauce.
• Vanilla wafers or graham crackers
• An aerosol can of whipping cream.

See your choice of pastry fillings. Pastry fillings come in two-pound packs. Just clip the corner and squeeze what you need. Put a clip on the rest and store it for six months. Because these are luscious, handy, and inexpensive, you’ll want several in your pantry.

See your choice of designer dessert sauces. Designer dessert sauces are used by the pros to make fancy dessert presentations.

To make the banana desserts, you’ll need several ripe bananas. To make the cherry desserts, you’ll need a jar of Chubby Cherry or other cherry topping. To make the strawberry desserts, you’ll need fresh strawberries. (You can also make blueberry or raspberry versions.)

That’s it.

Here’s how to make them.

Step 1—Make the bottom crust. Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each cupcake paper liner, two wafers in the ramekins, or break the wafers into pieces and place them in the bottom of your dessert glasses. (Or, use graham cracker crumbs mixed with a couple tablespoons of sugar and melted butter—just like you would do for a cheesecake crust.)

Step 2—Place the first layer. Squeeze a layer of Bavarian cream over the wafers.

Step 3—Add the fruit. Three slices of bananas, a spoonful of cherry topping, or a few cut strawberries work just right for the cupcake liners. For larger desserts, you’ll need more fruit.

Step 4—Drizzle with a sauce. We recommend a Designer Dessert Sauce in either chocolate or caramel. Alternately, you can use an ice cream topping sauce.

Step 5—Top your desserts with whipped cream. An aerosol can makes this very easy. Then dress your desserts up with a sprinkle of cookie crumbs or with chocolate curls.

You’re done. Serve your desserts right away before the whipped cream starts to melt.

You’ll be amazed how often these little desserts bail you out on a busy day. And when that prized dessert doesn’t work, these little desserts make a great Plan B.

Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry. He is the author of How to Bake, a 250 page book about the art and science of baking. You can download a free copy of How to Bake by clicking on the banner below.

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