Plans in our kitchen, especially kids recipes like this attempt at banana cream pie, don’t always end up as intended. I bought a ready-made graham cracker pie crust, because I thought La Jolla Girl could make a banana cream pie on her own. As you probably know, banana cream pie involves simple ingredients: whipped cream, pudding, bananas and a crust. But once the whipped cream arrived on the scene, shewanted to make trifle. It’s probably because she’s used to having a yogurt parfait for breakfast. I’m posting this as a reminder that these ingredients can make more than one crowd-pleasing banana dessert.
Just a warning that you may lose creative control over which layer goes where and the ability to keep the sides of the trifle bowl clean. I certainly did.
The quantities will vary depending on if you are trying to make individual desserts or a giant trifle.
Kids can make this recipe from start to finish, depending on if you need to step in and handle the whipped cream. I have a strong preference for freshly whipped cream. I either beat it with a mixer or have La Jolla Girl use our Williams-Sonoma Quick Cream Whipper to do it herself (to be honest as we have used this more and more, it’s harder to open). Pre-sweetened, freshly whipped cream is able to be frozen in individual servings too (I usually divide into dollops or 1 cup servings). Or, you can buy canned whipped cream or ready-made frozen whipped cream. Which you use is up to you.
I always keep instant pudding on hand for spur of the moment desserts. On occasion, Trader Joe’s has a good instant vanilla pudding.