First, there is vanilla pudding to make~
- 5 T cornstarch
- 1/3 C sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 C milk powder
- 1 3/4 C water
- 1 egg
- 2 T sugar
- 1 T butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
Combine dry ingredients together in a saucepan; add water and mix thoroughly. Cook until thinckened, stirring constantly. Separately, beat egg slightly then stir in sugar. Pour a little hot mixture over egg and then return to pan. Simmer about 5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Add butter then remove from heat. Add vanilla and cool.
Note: for a fluffier pudding, spearate egg white, beat and add when pudding has cooled a bit.
I triple this when I'm making it for the family. =D
Then, we make the vanilla wafers~
- 1/3 C butter
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 C flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 400°. Cream together the butter, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well. Form into round balls about 1 inch in diameter and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes.I also triple this recipe.
To actually assemble the banana pudding...
The morning of the day we are going to eat it (unless there is a strike or rioting going on in the city) I head in to the market to buy 3-4 kg of bananas, depending on how they look. I always have to have extras because the kids devour them and I want to make sure there are enough left over for the actual pudding.Once safely home again, I mix up about 3 cups of whipping creme with sugar and fold that into the already chilled vanilla pudding.
Jonathan and Elsie Mae love to help with the next part. We put a layer of vanilla wafers on the bottom of the serving dish, peel and slice a thick layer of bananas, layer the puddng/whipping creme mix on top of that, use the remaining vanilla wafers to line around the side after crumbling a few to spread around the top...
There are other presentations of banana pudding that I prefer... but this is the kiddos' favorite, so for now, we stick with this...And here is how it normally turns out... and it doesn't look like this for long unless I keep an armed, well-paid and well-trained guard responsible for it. Otherwise, little fingers (and not so little ones from the kiddos' daddy) are known to find their way in for a pre-taste!