This rich and decadent Caramel Peppermint dessert with layers of chocolate coconut flavored cookies, caramel cream, banana and mint chocolate is a quick and easy dessert that is loved by many South Africans.
I don’t remember when I first tasted a version of this pudding sometimes also referred to as Peppermint Crisp tart, except that I found it too sickly sweet… a combination of the caramel and the peppermint crisp chocolate bars used.
The peppermint crisp chocolate bars are actually thin cylinders of mint flavoured candy enclosed in milk chocolate and is not widely available outside of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, so any mint flavoured milk chocolate could be used. I often use a Cadbury Mint milk chocolate bar.
Originally this dessert was made with Orly whip, a South African non-dairy alternative to whipping cream that tripled in volume once beaten. I never much cared for non-dairy alternatives and have always used double thick or whipping cream in my version of this Caramel Peppermint dessert.
In the days before ready made Caramel Treat or Dulce de leche, we boiled cans of condensed milk for about 3.5 hours to get it to a rich and unctuous blend of caramelized full cream milk and sugar, that could be used in desserts or cakes as fillings or toppings.
For my version of Caramel peppermint dessert, I have always added a few drops of lemon juice to the caramel to slightly reduce the sweetness cream and to the banana slices to prevent browning.
The Caramel Peppermint dessert is so versatile that it can be used as a pudding or no churn ice cream. For pudding it should be refrigerated for a minimum of 2 hours before serving. For the no churn ice cream prepare the recipe as indicated but layer the dessert in a freezer proof container and freeze overnight or for a minimum of 5 hours.
I have used Tennis biscuits (coconut shortbread style cookies) as well as Romany creams (chocolate coconut cookies) in this recipe and both options work well with the dulce de leche. The Nestle Caramel Treat or dulce de leche can usually be found with the other baking essentials or near the condensed milk at your supermarket. I always use the Nestle brand of Caramel Treat as it saves hours of boiling and has a consistently delicious flavour.
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Caramel Peppermint dessert
- 200 grams chocolate coconut cookies
- 375 grams Caramel Treat or Dulce de Leche equivalent to 1 can of Nestle Caramel Treat
- 250 ml double thick cream
- 5 ml lemon juice
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced splashed with 2.5 ml of the lemon juice
- 250 ml whipping cream
- 50 grams Cadbury mint chocolate grated or one 35 gram Peppermint crisp bars broken into small pieces
- 10 Pecan halves
Crush the chocolate coconut cookies and add one third to the bottom of the dessert bowl.
Slice the bananas and splash with 2.5 ml of the lemon juice to prevent browning.
Whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl, beat the caramel and 2.5 ml of the lemon juice until smooth and then add to the double thick whipped cream.
Whip again to combine and ensure that it is not runny.
Pour half the caramel cream mixture over the cookie crumbs and add a layer of banana slices.
Add another layer of cookie crumbs, caramel cream and banana slices.
Top with the rest of the cookie crumbs and decorate with whipped cream, grated chocolate or chocolate pieces and pecan halves.
- For the no churn ice cream prepare the recipe as indicated but layer the dessert in a freezer proof container and freeze overnight or for a minimum of 5 hours.
- If you cannot find ready made caramel treat or dulce de leche you can also use 1 can of full cream condensed milk boiled for approximately 3.5 hours to caramelise the sugars.
This recipe was first published on March 25, 2015 and has since been updated. Eek below is the original photo!
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