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Special treatment with a Choco-nana pudding pie

I can haz some pie? © Nimpipi

I’ve been sick. No. Sorry, correction. I am sick. The last three days I’ve been down with a cold, terrible ear ache and fever that comes and goes as it pleases. It’s in the air, newspapers say. It’s in the air, my mother says. Your immunity is shit, my friends say.

Despite all that they say to me, they really are the best. No, really they are. I know they love me. They don’t have to tell me that. I just know they do. And I feel blessed. But I don’t think I tell them how much I love them, enough, or maybe at all?

One friend, SD, takes time out every morning to teach me yoga, raps me on my knuckle when I eat crap. I’ve known her for 14 years now. We went to college together. And over time I’ve seen how beautiful she has grown both inside and out.

My other friend, who I’d see every single day for 4 years because we worked together, is someone I try and see every day even when we’ve been not working together (now for over an year). It’s like my day is incomplete without saying hello to her in person.

My third friend is also my newest friend. I met Amrita, less than six months ago, but the intense experience that we shared, made up for all the lost time. She’s different, you know, from most of the people I know, because well, a. she’s not a journalist and b. she’s a lot more sane. Nonetheless, she does have a streak of madness that makes her fit like a glove into my life.

I’m stopping right here, not because I have no other friends but because as much as I want to make this into an ode to friendship, the reason I’m talking about them is because it’s the three of them who’ve visited me while I’ve been down with the sniffles.

Hand slapper says no © Nimpipi 
One came to fix my blog’s header and spent  “till death do us apart” time with the computer but left at 10 pm after just “having it” and the other came, in the middle of the afternoon armed with this amazing chocolate pudding pie with bananas. Bananas she said, for making it healthier.

So while we let the pie cool (it’s already getting very hot in Delhi) in the freezer, we made small talk and gossiped. When it was time to eat, one took photos and the other looked pleased. My husband, on the other hand, bored with the chattering girls, just wanted to eat.

This pie is really delicious. It’s light and melty and really not that hard to make. In fact, you can even break it into a couple of steps and assemble just before dinner. In the sense make the crust and pudding in the morning and assemble it an hour before you want to eat it.

For variations you can make this without bananas and instead do a caramel layer. Use extra chopped cookies as a layer. Add some mints, chop in some M ‘n’ Ms – the world is your oyster.

Cut? Uncut? Is all mine  ©Nimpipi 

Amrita’s Choco-nana Pudding Pie
Makes a 7 to 8 loose bottom tart tin
Serves 5 or 1 sick person and 1 attendant

For the chocolate crust
15 chocolate biscuits such as Oreo/Dark fantasy cookies
5 Marie biscuits
2 tablespoons melted butter

For the chocolate pudding
75 gms sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch (corn flour)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cream
2 large egg yolks
60 grams dark chocolate chopped
¾ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ tablespoon butter at room temperature

For the layers
2-4 four bananas
150 ml lightly sweetened whipped cream
Cocoa powder for dusting

For the chocolate crust
1. Crush the chocolate biscuits and Marie biscuits with a rolling pin until nice and crumbly
2. Add melted butter to the chocolate biscuit mix
3. Press into a buttered loose bottom tart tin. Even out with the back of your spoon or hand. Wrap with cling film. Freeze till needed.

For the chocolate pudding
1. In a large heatproof bowl whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, and salt. Then whisk in ¼ cup of the milk until you have a thick paste.

2. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, whisking to blend into the cocoa paste mixture. Set aside.

3. In a saucepan heat remaining milk and cream. Bring this mixture just to a boil and then remove from heat. (The milk will foam up to the top of pan when done, so watch carefully.)

4. Gradually pour the milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, until the mixture is smooth.

5. Transfer the mixture to back into the saucepan and place over medium-low heat.

6. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens to the consistency of mayonnaise (about 3 - 5 minutes). Remove from heat and pour through the strainer to remove any lumps that may have formed during cooking.

7. Add the finely chopped chocolate, vanilla extract, and butter, stirring gently with a rubber spatula until the mixture is smooth.

8. Let it cool. In case you want to use the pudding immediately, put the pan over ice and water and stir for 5 to 6 minutes or until you feel it’s ready to use

To assemble the pie
1. Remove pie crust from the freezer. Chop bananas (as many as you want) in thick circles and spread as first layer
2. Spread a thick layer of chocolate pudding on top of it
3. Spread a thin layer of whipped cream.
4. Dust with cocoa powder.
5. Chill overnight or at least 1 hour before serving

Note: This pudding can be made eggless. Just triple the quantity of the corn starch and omit the egg yolks. Rest of the process remains the same.

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  1. Aww for adorable! :) Touched.

    But slap your hand, will you? Pics are looking fine in reader, yahaan there's some ghapla. Especially the last one. Glory is being robbed, DO something!! shrink to fit.

    And Amrita, really, I had that pie. Put Big Chill out of business awready.

    1. See that's what I mean when I said I wanted a bigger header and space for pix, something is off. Will figure. But even then, the pix don't look bad here even though they are cut

    2. Thx girls 4 encouraging me.......muah

  2. I am so sorry you have been sick :( Stay warm. This looks amazing - can't wait to try my hand at it.

    1. Thank you Ammu. Staying indoors and staying warm. And this is amazing, must must try it. Also tastes amazing for breakfast

  3. I love the recipes you post Hooney - now I have to make this one too :)

  4. Ok I made it - easy peasy and looks pretty yumm - its sitting pretty in the fridge, waiting to be eaten - what I did do is booze it up a bit - added raisins and a shot of rum. Lets see how that works out!