When I ventured to make this recipe, I didn't realize that the pudding was made from scratch. Though it was a little unnerving, I went ahead anyway. I was very happy with the results! It was so easy to make, I may never use boxed pudding again. For the frozen whipped topping, I substituted heavy cream whipped into stiff peaks. Either one would taste wonderful, though. This would make a great dessert for a party or family get together.
Old Fashioned Banana Pudding
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup water
1 cup evaporated milk (I used skim)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 ripe bananas, sliced about 1/4 inch thick brushed with lemon juice to keep from browning
3 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed or 3 cups heavy whipping cream beat to stiff peaks. Add 1/4 cup sugar, or to taste
Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Stir in water, milk, and eggs. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Add butter and vanilla. Cook stirring constantly until butter melts.
Layer vanilla wafers into a large glass serving dish at least 6 inches deep, covering entire bottom. Evenly layer banana slices over vanilla wafers. Spoon cooled pudding over bananas then add a layer of whipped cream. Repeat layers. After smoothing over whipped cream, crush about 10 vanilla wafers and sprinkle over top.
"The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
-Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author (1547-1616)
‘Don Quixote de la Mancha’