Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
2 cups whole milk
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 vanilla wafer cookies, broken in half
2 bananas, sliced 1/4-inch thick
How to Make It
Make pudding: Combine sugar, flour and salt in a medium pan. Slowly whisk in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture just begins to boil, about 8 minutes. Gently boil for 3 minutes.
Place yolks in a medium bowl. Whisk to blend. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup of hot milk mixture. Immediately transfer yolk mixture to milk mixture in pan. Cook, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing wrap directly onto surface of pudding. Let cool, then refrigerate until cold.
Make topping: When ready to serve, whip cream with sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Divide 1/2 of pudding among 4 bowls. Top with 1/2 of bananas and wafers. Add remaining pudding, bananas and wafers. Top with whipped cream.