Eating this dessert always takes me back to my childhood. I don't change a thing in the recipe and make it exactly as is since it's so simple and good. Hint: Trader Joe's vanilla wafers are far superior to any others that I have tried in this recipe.
Real Banana Pudding
It’s a simple, from-scratch dessert that often leaves me speechless: homemade vanilla pudding layered with vanilla wafer cookies and banana slices and topped with a cloud of meringue. Some like it warm. Others prefer it like I do: nice and cold. The hardest part is waiting for it to fully chill.
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Total: 40 Minutes
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 1/3 cups vanilla wafers
- 4 ripe bananas
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk together sugar mixture, milk, and 4 egg yolks in a medium-size heavy saucepan until well blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.
- 2. Layer half of vanilla wafers in an 8-inch square baking dish. Top with half of banana slices and half of pudding. Repeat procedure with remaining wafers, banana slices, and pudding.
- 3. Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add 3 Tbsp. sugar, beating until sugar dissolves and stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pudding, sealing to edge of dish.
- 4. Bake at 375° for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden. Let cool 30 minutes, and serve warm; or chill an additional hour, and serve cold.
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