No Bake Banana Dream Dessert
This No Bake Banana Dream Dessert combines layers of lady fingers, bananas, vanilla pudding, whipped cream and it's topped with toasted meringue.
- 48 lady finger cookies About 2 packages Savoiardi Italian
- 3-4 bananas cut in 1/2 inch round slices
- 3 cups whole milk
- 8 large egg yolks whites reserved for meringue
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
Whipped Cream Layer
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 egg whites Half of reserved egg whites
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Heat milk in a small pot over medium heat until warmed.
Whisk egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and salt together in a bowl.
Slowly mix about a cup of the warm milk into the eggs mixture to temper. Then, pour egg mixture into remaining milk and stir constantly while cooking over medium heat until thickened, about 8-10 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.
Once thickened, remove from heat and add vanilla and butter.
Add cream, sugar and vanilla to a refrigerated 'cold' bowl.
Using a mixer, beat on high speed for about a minute until thick and creamy. Do not over beat.
Place a single layer of lady fingers over the bottom of a square dish.
Spread half of the pudding evenly over the lady fingers.
Add a single layer of sliced bananas over the pudding layer.
Spread all of the whipped cream over bananas.
Add a single layer of lady fingers over the whipped cream.
Spread the remaining pudding over the lady fingers.
Top with meringue, using the spatula to form peaks.
If desired, use the butane torch to brown the top of the meringue. Store in the refrigerator up to two days.