Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Banana Bread and Cream Cheese Dessert

I discovered banana bread one week after I came to US, and from that day onwards, it has been my favourite! I love the taste, the delicate banana flavor and the crunchy pieces inside. It makes for a perfect snack, and so, inspired by an urge of using all my banana favourites, I decided to try this Dessert recipe. The name is simple, not "froo froo":), because this is my own creation. If you love bananas, you will surely enjoy this easy-to-make delicious dish that caters to your sweet tooth! So go bananas over the Banana Bread Dessert! As I intend to make it quick and simple, I'm going to use as many ready-made ingredients as available. But don't worry, they'll only enhance the final presentation!!(photo source wikipedia)

4 slices of Banana bread
8 oz. cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp. whipping cream
1 chopped banana
3 tbsp Post Banana-Nut Crunch Cereals (optional, for garnish)

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the cream cheese and half of the whipping cream for 2-3 mins. Stir often while melting.

Then remove from microwave and add the vanilla essence and the milk and use hand blender to mix everything together. The mixture should be semi-liquid so that it's a little more thick than milk or water (almost like condensed milk).

Now take a cookie cutter or a small round cup and cut the bread slices into small rounds. (You can leave the breads as they are too if you don't want to waste the excess bread. I just ate the remaining edges myself!!:))

Take a serving dish, soak each banana bread piece into the cream cheese mixture and arrange on the dish. Then spread the remaining mixture evenly over the entire tray. Freeze this tray for a couple of hours.

When ready to serve, make individual servings with each circular bread piece, garnished with cool whip, cereals and bananas on the side.

This serves to be an excellent dessert ready within 30 mins or less. I tried the same thing with strawberries and regular short-bread the first time and it came out very well too.

Other Topping Ideas: Chopped walnuts, chocolate sauce, shredded coconut, vanilla ice-cream....just let your imagination run wild!!! You can drizzle strawberry and chocolate syrup and the remaining cream cheese on the plate to create a unique presentation too.

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