Banana and Custard – the Ultimate Lazy Dessert
This is what I make when I feel like dessert at about 11pm at night (granted I can probably walk to the market and get some dessert but whatever). Basically it’s just custard using instant custard powder (which I imagine to be made of corn flour, egg colouring, sugar and some vanilla flavouring but I could be wrong) in the microwave and toss in chopped banana. Voila. Almost instant warm dessert that’s really yummy.
Put one cup of milk (I always use pasteurized milk because UHT long life milk just does not do) in a big bowl and place it in a microwave on high for two minutes. Meanwhile, mix two tablespoon of custard powder with about 3 tablespoons of milk. Whisk that up (you don’t really need a whisk, but it is much better to have one) to mix well to form a smooth mixture.
Once the milk is hot (after 2 minutes), remove the hot milk from the microwave, pour the custard mixture into the hot milk, add two teaspoons of sugar and whisk until it’s all combine. Depends on what custard powder you’re using (some have more sugar than others) and how sweet and ripe your banana is, you may need more or less sugar. Work as quickly as possible and put the custard mixture back into the microwave for two minutes. Every half a minute, remove the mixture from the microwave and whisk again.
After two minutes, you should end up with nice thick custard. If the mixture is too watery, add a little more custard/milk mixture, if it’s too thick, add milk. This is why you have to check it every thirty seconds or so. You can do this on the stove top, which means you constantly whisk it. But I find it much easier to just use the nuke machine – less washing up that way. Add a sliced banana into the custard mixture, and nuke it for another minute or so. Let it sit and let the banana cook in its own heat or 2-3 minutes.
That’s it! It’s so simple. I can’t believe this is what they used to feed us in boarding school. It was actually a gem.