My dad loves bananas and I decided to make him and the other important men in my life banana pudding for Father’s Day. I don’t think I’ve ever made this classic dessert before. The layers of creamy homemade pudding, fresh sliced bananas and Nilla wafers is absolutely delicious. A perfect match, if you will.
This recipe comes straight off the box of Nilla wafers. It requires a double boiler, not to worry if you don’t own one. I used a pot and glass Anchor Hocking bowl as a makeshift double boiler.
Classic Banana Pudding-
3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 ripe bananas
Additional NILLA Wafers and banana slices, for garnish if you wish.
1. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler. Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water, stirring constantly for 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
2. Reserve 12 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard on bottom of 1 1/2-quart casserole; cover with a layer of wafers and a layer of sliced bananas. Pour about 1/3 of custard over bananas. Continue to layer wafers, bananas and custard to make a total of 3 layers of each, ending with custard.
3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff. Spoon on top of pudding, spreading evenly to cover entire surface and sealing well to edges.
4. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until browned. Cool slightly and refrigerate. Garnish with additional wafers and banana slices just before serving.
*You can also make individual dishes of banana pudding. Just layer like you would for the traditional recipe. Something about mini desserts is so appealing. I suppose because they are cute and perfectly portioned in size.
Serve this classic style dessert at Sunday dinner or bring it to your next neighborhood cookout. It’s sure to be a hit!
Thanks for reading! xo