Thursday, March 10, 2011

Banana Pudding- from scratch!

Sorry for my absence, I've been feeling a little under the weather lately so all I've been doing is laying in bed watching old episodes of Pushing Daisies and sleeping. I haven't even been cooking dinner and my boyfriend has had to suffer with take-out and frozen foods. How sad. But today I'm feeling much better and I had some bananas that were needing to be used, so I made this.

You're going to need some patience to make this. Lots of patience. The pudding takes awhile to start to thicken, but all you can do is to continue to stir gently and wait. Trust me though, it's worth the wait. This pudding is ten-times better than anything from a box or cup, and it's nice to know what's actually going into my food. Most banana pudding recipes I've found online want you to use boxed vanilla pudding mix as a base, but this recipe is my favourite because it is actually made from scratch. Yum!

Homemade Banana Pudding
Serves: 6-8
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/3 cup flour
-dash of salt
-3 egg yolks
-2 cups milk
-3/4 tsp vanilla
-3 ripe bananas, chopped
-few drops of banana extract (optional)
-vanilla wafers or crushed Oreo cookies (optional)

Just started cooking

1. Mix sugar with flour and salt in a heat proof bowl.
2. Combine egg yolk and milk and slowly blend into the flour mixture. Try to get as little lumps as possible. Add extracts. It should look a little like pancake mix.
3. Cook uncovered in a double boiler (put that heatproof bowl into a pot so that the bowl holds itself up with the lip of the pot. Add only about an inch of water to the bottom of the pot and simmer water with bowl on top, blocking the steam from escaping) over med-high, stirring slowly and gently until thickened.
4. Assemble as you wish in a dessert dish with layers of pudding, bananas and cookies. Vanilla wafers are traditionally used in banana pudding, but I used 5 crushed Oreo cookies to give it a hint of chocolate to complement the banana flavour.

Finished cooking- notice how thick it's gotten?


Ta-Da! Finished Product- so yummy!

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