Luscious Layers: Peanut Brittle-Banana Pudding Trifle

Right out of college, my Pennsylvania Dutch husband accepted a job in North Carolina.  While living there, he fell in love with, not me, but banana cream pie!  He’s not a big dessert guy, nor that passionate about cake so I was never too sure what to make him for his birthday(my favorite cake usually won out!).  A few years ago I stumbled upon a recipe in Southern Living for a Banana Pudding Trifle.  I had never made trifle before nor owned a proper trifle dish.  I made it for him in a low, wide-mouth vase actually!  I have beeen searching for a perfect trifle bowl since and recently found it!  A young neighbor was having a Pampered Chef party and they had the best trifle bowl for sale.  This ingenius contraption had a separate pedestal base for easier washing, chilling  and storage plus it had its own lid. Image


Brilliant and just in time for Prince Charming’s birthday!  With a name like Peanut Brittle-Banana Pudding Trifle, you know this is going to be good!

PEANUT BRITTLE-BANANA PUDDING TRIFLE (adapted from Southern Living Magazine)

serves 10-12

1 1/3 c sugar

3/4 c flour

1/2 t salt

4 c whole milk

8 eggs yolks

1 T vanilla

12 oz of either vanilla wafers, Nutter Butter cookies or pound cake

3 T bourbon or rum

6-7 bananas, sliced

6 (1.4oz) peanut brittle candy bars, crushed(I used Munch bars)

2 c whipping cream

2 T powdered sugar


To make the pudding:  Combine sugar, salt and flour in a heavy saucepan. image Whisk in milk and bring to a boil while whisking continuously.  Remove from heat. Beat egg yolks in a separate bowl until thick and pale. image Gradually add about 1/4 of hot milk mixture to the egg yolks, mixing non- stop.  imageRepeat 3 times and mix until smooth and thick.  Add vanilla.image

Crush your candy bars. Break up your cookies roughly or cube your pound cake, if using.imageTo assemble the trifle:  Layer 1/3 of your wafers( I used pound cake) in the bottom of a 4 quart trifle dish. image Lightly brush with 1/3 of the bourbon.  Top with 1/3 of the banana slices.  imageSpoon 1/3 of the pudding over the bananas and top with 1/3 cup of the crushed candy.  image imageRepeat this layering twice more.  Beat the whipping cream with the 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar until soft peaks form.  Spread the whipping cream over the pudding-banana layers and sprinkle with the remaining crushed candy.

imageCover and chill 3 hours minimum.

image imageHappy Birthday, Honey!