Ricardo's Banoffee Trifle

Hear Chef Ricardo with Andrew every Wednesday morning at 8:20 am. His weekly recipe is published at CJAD.com.



Pastry Cream

  • 1/4 cup (55 g) sugar
  • 2 tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups (750 ml) milk
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract


  • 1 cup (140 g) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp (85 g) unsalted butter, softened

Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups (500 ml) 35% cream
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract


  • 4 bananas, sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup (250 ml) dulce de leche
  • 12 ladyfingers (or more, depending on the size), cut in half


Pastry Cream

  1. In a pot off the heat, whisk the sugar with the cornstarch and flour. Add the eggs and mix well. Whisk in the milk and vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom and sides of the pot. Cook until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Strain through a sieve to remove any lumps, if necessary.
  2. Pour the pastry cream into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the cream. Let cool, then refrigerate until completely chilled, about 2 hours. When ready to use, mix the pastry cream vigorously with a spatula until creamy and smooth.


  1. Meanwhile, with the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients until the mixture is just moistened. Press the mixture together with your hands, then roughly crumble it up, letting it fall on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring twice, until the crumble is nicely golden. Let cool completely.

Whipped Cream

  1. In a bowl, beat the cream, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.


  1. In a 12-cup (3 litre) glass serving bowl, place half of the pastry cream. Cover with half of the banana slices, making sure to stick some slices against the side of the bowl. Cover with half of the dulce de leche and then half of the ladyfingers. Top with half of the whipped cream and half of the crumble. Repeat the layering in the same order, ending with the crumble. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Serve the trifle within 48 hours.
NOTE: Prepare it a day ahead so the cookies can soften up, and then add the crumble.