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Banana and Berries with Cream

The recipe for this amazing dessert comes from a darling person, aunt Turkan, my friend’s mom. Aunt Turkan made it for one of our get-togethers here and I absolutely loved it. It was mixed fruits – plums, bananas, berries, grapes and other fruits I can’t remember –  lushly covered with a creamy blanket. The cream, my friends, was out of this world. Luscious and velvety, it was perfumed with lemon and vanilla –  a heavenly combination. Loved it!

So here it comes. I deviated from the original recipe and used a layer of sliced banana, followed by a layer of mixed fresh fruits instead of all kinds of mixed fruits. I also used my go-to garnish – fresh mint leaves  - to decorate the top. One can never go wrong with fresh berries and mint, right?

Banana and Berries with Cream

Note: If you wish, make this dessert in individual cups or glasses. Also, the cream here is pudding-thick. If you prefer a looser cream, increase the amount of milk in the recipe accordingly.


For the Cream:

2  1/4 cup whole milk
2 eggs
14 tablespoons granulates sugar (yes, I used tablespoons)
4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch (substitute: potato flour)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fine lemon zest
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

For the Fruit Layer:
5-6 bananas, cut into thick circles
3-4 cups mixed fresh raspberries, blueberries and boysenberries (or any other berries of your choice, such as strawberries)

To Garnish:
Fresh mint leaves

Directions:

First, prepare the cream. In a medium saucepan combine milk, eggs, sugar, flour, cornstarch and lemon juices. Whisk thoroughly to blend, until no lumps remain. Stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, cook, until the mixture is slightly thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add vanilla extract, lemon zest and butter. Whisk with a baloon whisk or a hand mixer, until the butter is incorporated. Set the cream aside.

Meanwhile, arrange the banana slices on the bottom of a 13 x 10 (33 x 25 cm) pyrex dish in a single layer.

Spread mixed berries on top.

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Spiced Banana-Walnut Loaf

I made this luscious spiced banana loaf a couple of days ago and it was gone in an instant. The bread is filled with a thick cinnamon-perfumed walnut ripple that is swirled into the spiced banana-walnut batter. While baking, the loaf oozes with irresistible aroma wafting invitingly through the air. The baked bread is rather moist and dense. Absolutely delicious. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, any time of the day.

This is a keeper. And it is extremely easy to put together. Try and see for yourself. Enjoy!

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