Make Ahead

Banana Blueberry Bliss

July 13, 2021
3 Ratings
Photo by Vickie Marshall
  • Serves 12-16
Author Notes

Have you ever had one of those days when you just wanted to come home to a little bliss?

Perhaps a hot luxurious bubble bath?

Maybe a glass of wine on the back deck?

Possibly a little indulgent dessert?

Heck, maybe all 3!

My Banana Blueberry Bliss has all the elements of pie, pudding, cheesecake and fruit, all in every deliciously smooth and creamy bite.

Pretty soon, you’ll be kicking back, saying “What demanding boss? What screaming kids? What hectic schedule tomorrow?”

Those thoughts won’t even enter your mind, because you will have escaped into the world of total bliss, absolute blissdom, complete bliss-tacy. —Sherry K-Jazzy Gourmet

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 4 egg yolks, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4-5 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  1. For crust, mix 1 cup flour, butter and pecans together in a small bowl. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch glass baking dish (I use my hand, since mixture can stick to a spoon). Bake at 350?F for 15 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. For pudding, make a paste of the egg yolks, 3 tablespoons flour, 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar and small amount of the milk in a heavy medium saucepan. In a microwave-safe bowl, heat remaining milk 1 minute. Slowly add milk to the egg mixture and, stirring constantly, cook over medium low heat 10 minutes or until thick (mixture will thicken more as it cools). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into medium bowl, then press plastic wrap onto the surface of the pudding, to eliminate a skin. Refrigerate till completely cool, about 30 minutes.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine cornstarch and 1 cup sugar. Add blueberries and 3 tablespoons lemon juice. Combine well. Bring mixture to a boil and cook a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool (mixture will thicken more as it cools).
  4. In a small chilled bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. In another small bowl, cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in whipped cream.
  5. Spread pudding onto cooled crust. Layer with fresh banana slices that have been tossed in remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Top with cream cheese layer, followed by blueberry sauce. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight before serving.

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2 Reviews

debraw333 July 13, 2021
Great flavor and easy to follow recipe! Definitely let everything cool before assembling. Was also very easy to convert to gluten free.
dazed'n G. April 2, 2017
WOW! This will feed and impress a crowd. I wondered if it would be too sweet as I was making, but, amazingly it's not. This filled my 8 in. tart pan with 2 in removeable sides and a 7 in. oval ramiken. Next time I'll use something that doesn't have removeable sides as this starts to collapse a bit as it warms up. Definitely let each part cool completely before you start to assemble it, and then get it good and cold before you serve it. It'll take a few hours but this is definitely a show stopper!