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Banana poe (Tahitian banana pudding)



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  • 2 2/3 lbs bananas, ripe (about 5 large bananas)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (seeds only or vanilla powder or extract)
  • 6 cups water
  • 3/4 cup manioc starch (can substitute cornstarch)
  • 1 cup coconut milk or 1 cup light cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar (the riper the banana you begin with the less sugar you need)


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Step 1

Boil the bananas in the skin for about 15 minutes.

When the bananas have cooked, peel and puree with in a food processor. Add the starch, sugar, and vanilla into the mix. Mix thoroughly so that the mixture is smooth and creamy. Fill a buttered casserole dish with the poe, and place in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Remove poe from oven and cut into small pieces. Serve with the coconut milk or cream.

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