Thursday, July 05, 2012

Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a favorite at our house and today I just had to make some! I have used this recipe for a long time but just recently I started using vanilla beans instead of vanilla extract because I love, love vanilla beans! I have a little friendly advice before you start cooking, if you're in a hurry, you should wait until you have some time to stand by the stove, it'll take about 15 minutes of stirring. It'll be worth it, I promise! My taste-testers call this very yummy-licious!
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
3 egg yolks
1/3 cup flour or cornstarch (I used flour this time)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 vanilla bean (scraped) or 1 tsp vanilla extract
3 bananas, sliced
20-30 vanilla wafers
Before you start cooking your pudding, line the bottom and sides of a medium size bowl or pan with vanilla wafers. Slice your bananas and place over the vanilla wafers. Then repeat, I make 2 layers and end with bananas on the top. Now it's time to make the pudding.
Separate your eggs and place the yolks in a medium pan. Add flour, sugar, and salt. Whisk it around to mix and add the milk. I use my whisk for the entire process. Now turn your stove on to low-to-medium heat. Start to whisk the ingredients and keep whisking throughout the cooking process, or you may get lumps or it may stick to the bottom of the pan, this would not be a good thing! It takes about 15 minutes before it starts to thicken. Once it starts to thicken but does not boil, keep whisking for just a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla, and whisk. The consistency will not be really thick - that's fine. Pour the pudding over the vanilla wafers and bananas. Let this set for at least 15 minutes before you serve it, this will give the pudding a chance to soak into the vanilla wafers. I serve mine warm but some people would rather serve it chilled. If that is you, go ahead and refrigerate it in a covered container. You can also add a dollop of whipped cream when serving. Makes 4-6 servings. 

Ready to eat - vanilla bean adds the best flavor!

Love and peace,
~ Simply Tammi

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