Cooking With Honey – Honey Banana Pudding

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Is there any dessert more satisfying than banana pudding?  Yes!  Banana pudding made with honey!!

Ingredients

1 (14 oz.) can  Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 1/2 cups cold water

2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling

1 (4-serving size) package instant vanilla pudding mix

2 cups (1 pint) heavy cream, whipped until stiff peaks form

36 vanilla wafers

3 medium bananas, sliced and dipped in lemon juice

Directions

Whisk sweetened condensed milk and water in large bowl. Add pudding mix and honey. Whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped cream.

Spoon 1 cup pudding mixture into 2 1/2-quart glass serving bowl. Top with one-third each of the vanilla wafers, bananas and remaining pudding. Repeat layering twice, ending with pudding mixture.

Chill thoroughly. Drizzle honey on top to garnish.

For individual pudding desserts, prepare mixture and layer in dessert dishes.

Honey Chocolate Mousse

Cincinnati’s now-closed five star restaurant, The Maisonette, was famous for its dark and white chocolate mousse.  When the restaurant closed a few years ago, it was kind enough to give out the recipe.

Here is the recipe for both the original and a honey version.

1 pound good quality semisweet dark  or white chocolate
16 oz corn syrup or honey
3 egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 quart heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine chocolate and syrup/honey in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave 1 minute at a time (or less) stirring after each time (When melting chocolate  in microwave, don’t do until it melts completely. While it is still holding its shape, stir until it’s completely melted). Let cool.

Beat egg whites with a stand mixer, slowly add granulated sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into the chocolate mixture.

Rinse out the mixer bowl, add the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. Whip until stiff. Fold into chocolate mixture.

Chill in bowl or divide into bowls. Great with raspberries or blackberries.

Makes 10 generous servings.