This week has been far from perfect, so I was glad to have a ridiculously easy butterscotch banana parfait to brighten it up a little.
I’m usually a pretty resilient person but for some reason my thumb injury this week has been such a royal drag. Well, it was going okay until Colin left for a school trip and all of a sudden I realized how hard things I take for granted are with only one hand. Washing my face, putting my hair in a ponytail and tying my shoelaces are so much harder than last week. I cannot wait until this bandage comes off in a few days. Until then, I’m going to keep self-medicating with wine, a parfaits and movie night on repeat.
Now that Halloween is behind us, I’m moving into full holiday mode. I’m talking Thanksgiving dessert testing, peppermint everything, holiday gift guides and of course, Cyber 5 discounts. Anyone else really excited to see what Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are going to look like this year? I’m planning on upgrading my camera body this year so I’ll be on the lookout for some deals on Nikon.
This recipe is one of my favorite parfaits to date because it has the perfect mix of textures. The super creamy butterscotch pudding, the light fresh whipped cream, the crunchy vanilla wafer cookies and the gooey banana come together to make perfection. Also, it’s ridiculously easy because once the butterscotch pudding is made and the whipped cream has been whipped up, it’s just a matter of assembling the ingredients. Easy.
There’s no one way to make a parfait but here’s a tip to make yours as perfect as possible: focus on layers! You want clear distinct layers to make your parfait as visually appealing as possible. You can do this with different textures, colors and thicknesses. Once you decide on what you’ll be using to fill your layers, pick a vessel that will allow you to show them off. I went with my favorite champagne coupes but any sort of glass dish will work. In the past i’ve used glass bowls or mason jars to show off those beautiful layers!
Yields 4 Parfaits
- 1 package instant butterscotch pudding mix
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 bananas
- 4 cups of vanilla wafer cookies
- Start by making the butterscotch pudding by combining the mix and the cold milk in a stand mixer. Whisk for 3-4 minutes, when it all starts to come together. Set aside.
- Make the whipped cream by combining the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip on high for about 5 minutes, or until soft peaks form.
- Slice the banana thinly and set aside until ready to assemble.
- Place a thin layer of wafer cookies on the bottom of each dish. Top with a thin layer of butterscotch, followed by a thin layer of bananas and a thin layer of whipped cream. Repeat until all of the ingredients have been used up. Serve immediately.