Brandied Vanilla & Banana Cream Pudding in Chocolate Cups

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 4h 30m

8 servings

Banana pudding may sound like kids stuff, but brandy and malt powder make it more special for the adult table. Make the cookie cups and chocolate sauce while the pudding chills.


  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons malt powder (see Ingredient Notes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac or other brandy
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Chocolate Cookie Cups (see recipe link)
  • Silky Chocolate Sauce (see recipe link)
  • Chocolate curls for garnish (see Ingredient Notes), optional

Companion recipe: Chocolate Cookie Cups Silky Chocolate Sauce


Scrape vanilla bean seeds with a paring knife into a medium saucepan; add milk and vanilla bean. Heat over low heat until steaming, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk egg, sugar, cornstarch, malt and salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually whisk in hot milk, then return mixture to pan.

Cook the milk mixture, whisking constantly, over medium heat, until it thickens and comes to a simmer, 3 to 5 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl. Discard vanilla bean. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on pudding. Refrigerate until cold, 4 hours or overnight.

Just before serving, peel and dice banana. Place in a small bowl and toss with Cognac and lemon juice. Stir into pudding.

To assemble, divide cookie cups among 8 plates and spoon in pudding. Drizzle 3 tablespoons chocolate sauce around each cup. Top pudding with chocolate curls, if desired. Serve immediately.

Ingredient Notes:

Malt powder - Look for this item in supermarkets, near the powdered milk and instant-breakfast drinks.

Chocolate curls - To make chocolate curls, place a block of chocolate (2 ounces or larger) on wax paper and microwave on medium-low for 15 seconds. Turn chocolate block over and microwave for 10 to 15 seconds longer, or until chocolate has softened slightly but has not started to melt. Use a swivel-bladed vegetable peeler to shave off curls. If the chocolate gets too hard to shave easily, warm it again.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 10008

nutrition information per serving

335 calories; 5g total fat; 3g total saturated fat; 38mg cholesterol; 230mg sodium; 66g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 8g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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