Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins
Recipe source Chef John State of the Flying Fish Cafe. Posted for ZWT5.
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 1⁄2 cups whipping cream, divided
- 1 1⁄3 cups granulated sugar, divided
- 1 vanilla bean
- 3⁄4 cup butter, divided
- 5 frozen phyllo pastry sheets, thawed
- 1⁄2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 bananas, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
- whipped cream, grated chocolate
- Preheat oven to 300º.
- Whisk together egg yolks and 1/4 cup whipping cream and set aside.
- Combine 1 1/4 cups whipping cream and 1/3 cup sugar in a heavy saucepan. Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape the seeds into the saucepan and add the vanilla bean halves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and discard the vanilla bean.
- Whisk about one-fourth of the hot mixture gradually into the yolk mixture, add to remaining hot mixture, whisking constantly. Skim air bubbles from the top of the mixture. Pour mixture into an 8-inch square pan. Place into a 13 x 9-inch pan. Add hot water to larger pan to the depth of 1 inch.
- Bake for 35 minutes. Remove pan from water and cool. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
- Raise oven temperature to 375º.
- Melt 1/2 cup butter. Stack phyllo, brushing each sheet with melted butter and sprinkling with powdered sugar. Cut phyllo stack into 16 (3-inch) squares. Place squares on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover with a sheet of parchment paper and top with another baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
- Cook remaining 1 cup sugar and remaining 1/4 cup butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until butter melts. Slowly add remaining 1 cup whipping cream, and cook, stirring constantly, 8-10 minutes or until caramel color. Set aside.
- Cut chilled custard into 6 squares. Place one square on each of 6 dessert plates. Top each square of custard with 1 phyllo square. Drizzle a small amount of caramel sauce around custard.
- Stir together banana and remaining caramel sauce. Spoon evenly over phyllo squares. Top each with a second phyllo square, and garnish, if desired. Reserve remaining phyllo squares for other uses.