Recipe - Banana Pudding

[Original recipe was posted December 25, 2010] I've been going back through old recipes to see what my younger self used to make, and I came across this gem born out of necessity. When I was in college, I used to buy a lot of bananas since our student dining points could be used for groceries at the on-campus stores. However, I kept forgetting to eat them so I would often run into situations when I would have way too many bananas turning spotty at the same time. I really didn't want to make banana bread or muffins (or any of that sort) so I looked around for something else I could make with my limited knowledge of food and equipment. I came across making this pudding and after looking back at this, I am surprised I did it right the first time. Pudding isn't exactly the easiest thing to make since you have to be careful lest your egg cook but it worked out! Here's a tasty dessert to make that even the banana non-liker (though probably not hater) will enjoy.

Step 1: Ingredients (serving size: 6-8 small portions)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • 2-3 large ripe bananas
  • 2 cups milk, whole fat
  • 2 Tbsps all-purpose flour, heaping
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • cocoa powder, optional
Step 2: Prepping ingredients
Slice bananas and layer with vanilla wafers in a medium bowl or round casserole dish (I used the latter). Into a different bowl, separate egg whites and yolks. Start a medium saucepan with sugar and the yolks, being careful to keep it all on low and temper the yolks in without cooking them.

Step 3: Making pudding
In a small bowl, add enough milk to form a slurry with the flour. This will make it easier to mix into the pudding mixture later. In the saucepan, slowly add remaining milk. Then add in flour slurry before finishing off with vanilla extract. Keep it constantly stirred so as not to burn.

Step 4: Finishing
Turn off  heat and pour pudding over layered bananas and wafers. Make sure to cover it all evenly. Top with wafers and cocoa powder if you so wish. Let it set (possibly giving it refrigerator time) before serving. Enjoy!

Photography by Duc Duong.