As long as I’ve been cooking and writing about food, I find that the most favored recipes are those that go back in time. Recipes from the 1950’s through the 1970’s are always fondly remembered. When a new generation discovers them, they become popular all over again! Among the most popular old recipes are those that come from the backs of boxes, labels and bags of food products. The recipe I have for you is one of those, though it has a variation. Let’s take the recipe for “Chocolate Cream Roll” and add bananas to make “Chocolate Banana Roll”.
The initial recipe has been on the back of the chocolate wafer package for about as long as anyone can recall. Simple to make, it was a combination of the chocolate wafers frosted with sweetened whipped cream and iced with additional cream. After 6-8 hours of chilling, it was ready to be enjoyed. You sliced the roll at an angle to show the layers of the wafers and the cookies. It’s a very pretty dessert, as well as good to eat. This version works the very same way, but with a difference and that’s adding a sliced banana to the cream.
You begin by simply whipping some heavy cream until it begins to peak. Then, in goes some confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract. Here, a chopped banana goes into this. The chocolate wafers are frosted with this cream mixture and stacked to form a log. The remaining cream mixture is used to frost the log. It now goes into the refrigerator to chill for 6-8 hours before serving. This will enable the wafers to soften and create a dessert that is smooth and creamy.
The chocolate wafers are usually sold in most food stores in the section where the ice cream toppings are. They’re sold under the “Nabisco” brand and come in a yellow carton wrapped in cellophane. While they’re not cheap, they will make this wonderful treat worth the extra cost.
If you prefer, you could omit the banana and have the basic “Chocolate Cream Roll” and it will be the classic recipe. The banana version is a good variation on a theme and is equally as good as the original. Just take your pick as as to whichever version suits your taste!
While on the subject of chocolate wafers, a long while ago I shared a recipe for “Chocolate Mint Snaps”, which are cookies that are flavored with mint. To get the recipe, click on the embedded link. It’s a great recipe full of chocolate and mint flavor!
For a light and flavorful dessert at the end of your meal, this will be good and pretty at the same time!
CHOCOLATE BANANA ROLL
- 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 medium banana, chopped
- 1 8-1/2 oz. package chocolate wafer cookies
In a cold bowl with cold beaters, whip the cream until it begins to become stiff. Add the confectioner’s sugar and the vanilla extract and beat until stiff. Fold in the banana. Frost the chocolate wafers with the cream mixture and stack them to form a log. Frost the log with the remaining cream mixture. Chill for about 6-8 hours before serving. Yield: 6 servings.