Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Jocelyne Beaudoin
8 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan. Gradually whisk in 3 cups milk. Heat to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil).

Step 2

Combine remaining 1 cup milk and yolks; stir with a whisk. Gradually add 1 cup hot milk mixture to yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Add egg yolk mixture to pan. Bring to a boil; cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Place pan in a large ice-filled bowl for 20 minutes or until mixture cools, stirring occasionally. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours or until chilled. Mash 2 bananas; cut remaining 2 bananas into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Stir mashed and sliced bananas and half of gingersnaps into pudding; chill 30 minutes.

Step 3

Combine cream and 1 teaspoon sugar in a medium bowl. Beat with a mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form; stir in bourbon, if desired.

Step 4

Spoon 2/3 cup pudding into each of 8 dessert glasses; divide remaining gingersnaps among servings. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons whipped cream, 1 1/2 teaspoons pecans, and 3/4 teaspoon ginger.

Ratings & Reviews

swacks's Review

December 18, 2011
The taste is good but consistency is soupy. I tried it twice just to make sure. I would not make this again without either reducing the amount of milk or increasing the amount of cornstarch.

Skittels's Review

January 06, 2011
I made this for a New Year's eve dinner I hosted. It came out yummy, but I have to say that the instructions don't seem to make sense. Step number 2 seems to try and do the same thing with the remaining milk and yolk mixture twice. Maybe I'm misreading, but it doesn't read right. I was nervous it wouldn't come out right after reading the 1st review, but it was very yummy!

JenniferO's Review

November 27, 2010
This pudding tasted great! The only thing that held it back from getting 5 stars was that it did not set up like it should. It was more soup than pudding. I followed the recipe exactly and even used a thermometer to make sure I hit 180 degrees. Maybe it was operator error. I would be willing to try it again.