Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mom's Banana Pudding

This is comfort food for me: it immediately takes me back to childhood and my mom's cooking. Why? Because it's so hard to find this anywhere else. One bite and you'll never be tempted again by the banana-flavored pudding restaurants try to pass off. This is vanilla pudding layered with sliced bananas and Nilla wafers. Mmmm.... Even better--you cook it in the microwave!

  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. four (don't level off the scoop--it's not a precise meas.)
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 4 sliced bananas
  • Nilla wafers (about half a box)
  1. In a 4-cup microwave safe bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the milk, stirring. Heat the milk mixture in the microwave until hot (about a minute and a half or so). Beat the eggs in a different bowl and slowly add some of the milk mixture to the eggs to temper them. When eggs are warmed up a little, add the egg/milk mixture back to the original milk mixture. Microwave at 80% power until thickened to soft pudding, stirring every 30 seconds. This may take as little as 1.5 minutes or as long as 5+. You'll know when it's thickened--it will look just like pudding!
  2. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. Layer wafers, bananas, and pudding, lining the bowl with wafers first. You can eat the pudding warm, but we like it better chilled. So, make this in the afternoon and you can eat it for dessert. The longer it sits, the soggier the wafers become.
Serves 6

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