Showing posts with label vanilla wafers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vanilla wafers. Show all posts

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Chocolate Banana Nilla Wafer Bowl

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Today we made a Mini Chocolate Banana Nilla Wafer Bowl. When my son was growing up he loved Nilla Wafers and Bananas in Vanilla pudding. Of course, so did I and so did my husband. It was our true comfort food.! I even make my son a Nilla Wafer Cake for his birthday every year! Comfort food for the whole family! But I wanted to dress up this favorite of ours, so I added some nutella and gave an old favorite a new look, and it tastes delicious. I hope you think so too!
Mini Chocolate Banana Nilla Wafer Bowl
Old Fashioned Vanilla Pudding
(Katie Anderson-Allrecipes)
Makes enough for 4 1/2 cup bowls
2 tablespoons Sugar
1 tablespoons Cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 cup 2% Milk
1 Egg Yolk, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons Butter
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

Everything Else
 1/2 cup Nutella
2-3 tablespoons Milk
Mini Nilla Wafers
1 tablespoon Butter, melted
1 medium Banana
Place the mini nilla wafers in a zip lock bag. 
Roll over them with a rolling pin and crush.
Mix in your melted butter and stir.
Distribute the crushed wafers between the four bowls.
Push the crumbs on the bottom of the bowl 
and up the sides just slightly.
Set aside.
Place the nutella in a saucepan double boiler setup,
and melt it slowly. Add the milk to the melted nutella
and stir until it is smooth and a bit thinner than it was
originally. Let the nutella sit on low 
while you make the pudding.
In a saucepan, combine your sugar, cornstarch and salt.
Gradually stir in your milk.
 Cook and stir over medium heat....
until thickened and bubbly. Reduce the heat, and stir 2
 minutes longer. Remove from heat.
Stir a small amount of the hot milk mixture into the egg mix.
This is tempering your egg. The egg will get used to the
heat a little at a time, and will not curdle or cook.
Return all of the hot milk mixture and the 
egg and milk mix into the saucepan. 
 Stirring constantly, bring the mix to a gentle boil.
Cook and stir for 1 minute.
Gently stir in vanilla and butter.
Cool for 15 minutes.
While the pudding is cooling, dip half of some mini nilla
wafers into the nutella. Place on a plate with wax paper
on it and put in the fridge to set.
Stir the pudding occasionally during the 15 minutes
that the pudding is cooling.
Place a tablespoon of nutella sauce in each bowl.
If you have any extra, distribute it evenly.
Slice a thin piece of banana for each bowl,
and place it in the center of the bowl over the nutella.
Place pudding over the banana.
Place the bowls in the refrigerator for an hour minimum.
Once the pudding is chilled, garnish your bowls.
Slice 4 more pieces of banana. 
Place a slice of banana on top of the bowl
and place a nutella covered mini nilla wafer
next to it.
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Tip of Me Hat, to Ya!

As a person of Irish heritage, I love St. Patrick's Day! Today, we are celebrating with Leprechaun hats, that are no bake!! They are simple to put together, and tasty too.

 Leprechaun Hats
Nilla Wafers
Marshmallows
Green Candy Melts
Yellow Candy Melts
Black Icing
(ignore the brown melts in the pic)
Cut your marshmallows in half.
Start melting your green candy melts in a double boiler.
For each hat you need 1/2 of a marshmallow and a
nilla wafer.
Put a little dab of the green melted candy melts
on the sticky side of the marshmallow.
Place the marshmallow on the nilla wafer,
sticky side down. Let them dry for
a few minutes.
Stick a skewer in the marshmallow, and dip into your
melted candy melts. Knock off the excess candy melt by
gently knocking the skewer against the edge of the pot.
The melts were very thick for this type of dipping, so
I thinned it with 2 teaspoons of veggie oil, one at a time,
mixing very well in between teaspoons.
Let dry completely.
Melt some of the yellow disks in the microwave.
You don't need many.
Fill a pastry bag with the yellow.
Pipe around the area where the top of the hat
 would meet the brim. Let dry.
Use your black icing to finish.
I used royal icing to finish the hat, and I wish I would
have used it for the yellow band. It would have been easier
to work with, because it is a thicker consistency.
“May your days be many and your troubles be few. 
May all God's blessings descend upon you. 
May peace be within you may your heart be strong. 
May you find what you're seeking wherever you roam.”

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! 

This post is linked to the following fun parties!:
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Cast Party Wednesday
What's Cooking Wednesday
Made by Me
 What's on the Menu Wednesday