Cannoli Cream Banana Parfaits

December 2010
Cannoli Cream Banana Parfaits

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Puree ricotta cheese and a banana, spoon the creamy mixture into parfait glasses, and stud with banana slices and toasted slivered almonds for...a party-friendly dessert that requires no cooking and only 25 minutes of your time!

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 25 mins

  • 3 large (or 4 medium) ripe bananas
  • 2 pounds fresh ricotta cheese
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  1. Peel and quarter 1 banana lengthwise and trim away the dark center seeds. Using a food processor, puree the quartered banana, ricotta, sugar and vanilla for 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Thinly slice the remaining bananas crosswise and spread them on 2 large plates (you want about 42 slices). Grate enough fresh nutmeg over the slices to lightly coat one side.
  3. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the toasted almonds. Then, into each of 6 parfait glasses (about 1 cup capacity), place a banana slice nutmeg side up, a sprinkle of almonds and about an inch of the banana-ricotta puree. Layer with 3 more banana slices, a sprinkle of almonds and an inch of puree; repeat this layering once more to fill the glasses. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours. Just before serving, sprinkle with the reserved almonds.