Everyone has one or two desserts that they crave and will always make or order when out to eat. Can you guess what one of mine is? Yup Banana Pudding! Growing up I loved helping my mom make it. Of course we used the pudding mix in a box because it was quick and easy and oh so good!!
While my husband I were dating we had dinner and dessert with his family and his mom made his favorite dessert. It was Banana Pudding! But there was something different about the way she made it. She put a meringue on top and put it in the oven to brown it. Before this night I had only ever had banana pudding with whipped cream on top!! I had a little bit of a history lesson while I ate, the recipe that was followed was his grandmothers and putting the meringue on top is a northern way to make it. I have to say, it was good but I definitely prefer that whipped cream.
Before we had kids Corey and I frequented a local restaurant at least 2x a week. We would go for breakfast one day and then dinner one other time. We found out that the owners son would make Banana Pudding every other week. I had to try it! After one bite I was hooked! While I was pregnant with Daisy we asked questions to find out what his schedule was to make it. We found out that he would make it on Tuesday afternoon and almost every week we called to see if they had it. When they did we would jump in the car and go there for dinner and of course get 2 servings of Banana Pudding, one to share there and one to take home for dessert the next day! When we had Daisy we went there to eat a few weeks or so later and they gave us our two servings as a congratulations on your new baby!! LOL yes the servers were on baby watch and were almost as excited to meet Daisy as our family was!
Now that you know how much I love this dessert I’m sure you are asking “where is the recipe already my mouth is watering!” Well I have the recipe for you that is topped with whipped cream!!!
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp Butter, softened
- 2 tsp vanilla
- In a 2 quart sauce pan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk. cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute.
- gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks, then stir back into hot mixture in saucepan. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla.
- Pour pudding into dessert dishes. cover and refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled. Stir covered in refrigerator. *Skip this last step if making banana pudding.
Homemade Whipped Cream
- 1 cup Heavy Whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- In a chilled medium mixing bowl, beat heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
After you make the pudding recipe you will then take an 8×9 square baking dish and layer vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding. Repeat the 3 layers 1 more time. Top with whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafers. Let cool in the refrigerator for a few hours or over night.
Now there are a few tips I have for you for this recipe. It is not hard but it can be a but time consuming. 1. double the pudding recipe, you will thank me later. 2. Let your milk come to room temperature before you add it to the pan, this will help your achieve your boil point faster. 3. Be sure to let your milk mixture come to a complete boil and thicken before you start that 1 minute timer. 4. Prepare your egg yolks before you start boiling your milk. 5. Be sure to watch your whipped
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