Sombremesa de Banana com Queijo (Banana and Cheese Pudding)

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


Fresh bananas layered with sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese comprise this sumptuous Brazilian dessert. This recipe first appeared in our June/July 2012 issue along with Neide Rigo's story Passage to the Amazon.


  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 4 ripe bananas, cut crosswise into 2" pieces, then lengthwise into ¼"-thick slices
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 14 tsp. ground cinnamon


Step 1

Heat oven to 350°. Boil milks and cinnamon stick in 12" nonstick skillet over medium heat until reduced by half, about 30 minutes; discard cinnamon. Spread ⅓ reduced milk over bottom of an 8" x 8" baking dish; top with half the bananas and half the cream cheese. Repeat layering, ending with reduced milk; sprinkle with ground cinnamon. Bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes.

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