- 2 cups milk
- 3/4 cups sugar plus 3 tablespoons
- 3 tablespoons plain flour
- 4 eggs separated
- 4-5 bananas
- 1 box Nabisco Vanilla Wafers
- 3 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
I was VERY fortunate as a child. Not only did I have a wonderful mother, my grandmother and my Aunt Willie Mae lived about 50 steps from our backdoor. My grandmother passed away when I was very young but my Aunt lived in this house (that my father built for them) until I was married. She was such a beautiful person inside and out. She was known for her kindness, love for life and unconditional love for all of her family members. She was the only girl of a family of Seven boys, not married until after she reached retirement age so she set about spoiling all her nieces and nephews rotten. I don’t think there was anything in the world that she wouldn’t have done for any of us and we all loved her so much. I have always hoped that I had just a small part of her in me.
One of the dishes I remember the most eating at her home was banana pudding. This is her recipe and probably the same recipe you had as a child. If not, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and still do today. I don’t prepare it often because I go the easier route and use the Jiffy Banana Pudding recipe. But, I have to say it is so worth the extra effort and I must admit so much more delicious!
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- Pour 1-1/2 cups of milk in a saucepan and start heating over a low heat.
- In a bowl mix 1/2 cup milk , 3 egg yolks, sugar and flour; mix until combined.
- Pour milk and egg mixture in saucepan, turn heat to medium and continue heating until thick, constantly stirring.
- Take off heat once thickened add 3 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon vanilla.
- In serving dish, layer vanilla wafers and sliced banana’s, starting with wafers. Pour pudding mixture over the top.
- Put a clean mixing bowl into the freezer while preparing the pudding.
- Pour 4 egg whites into the bowl and whip on high speed until meringue forms stiff peaks.
- Add 3 tablespoons sugar and whip until combined.
- Spread this mixture over pudding; spreading to the edges to cover. Take knife or spoon and touch the meringue pulling upward to form peaks.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven until brown; approximately 10 minutes.
- Take 4 egg whites and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Bake at 350 degrees until brown.
Note: It is very important to have all utensils and bowls very clean and cold when making meringue. Also, it is easier if egg whites are at room temperature.