I was trying to think of a story to tell you about this homemade banana pudding recipe, but I honestly can’t think of one. My grandmother was the chef between my grandparents and I can recall many cooking sessions/lessons with her in the kitchen. I specifically remember making homemade Peach Ice Cream the old fashion way and her chocolate sheet cake. I don’t remember ever making her banana pudding with her, but I remember my mom making it. Her recipe was handed down to me and it is a super yummy homemade banana pudding recipe.
I do have a separate story that goes with it though. When I was a senior in college, my hubby was craving banana pudding. So I gathered the ingredients and went to work. When I got to the meringue part, I realized that I didn’t have an electric mixer. I thought for a moment about what I was going to do because the meringue was an integral part. After contemplating for a bit, I remembered that electric hand-mixers hadn’t always been around and I’m sure meringue had been around long before. So, I gathered my whisk and got to whisking. Serious whisking business to get a meringue to happen. I whisked and whisked and whisked for what seemed like forever. And then magic happened. My meringue formed. And I got forearms of steel. LOL
I relayed my story to one of my clients at the time and she literally laughed until she cried at my meringue story. A few months later after my college graduation, this same client gave me an electric mixer as a gift. She said that my whisking story brought happy memories of her watching her grandmother cook and bake when she was a little girl. It was one of the best gifts I had ever received.
1 c. sugar
4 teaspoons (heaping) flour
4 c. milk
4 egg yolks (beaten), save the egg whites for the meringue
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 box of vanilla wafers
6-8 Tablespoons Sugar (for meringue)
Mix sugar and flour together in medium saucepan. Mix egg yolks and milk together. Turn heat to medium and slowly pour in egg/milk mixture, stirring to combine. Stir until thickened. Add vanilla and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Slice bananas. Pour half the pudding mixture into a medium-sized bowl. Layer with vanilla wafers and then with banana slices. Add remaining pudding and repeat wafer and banana layering process.
In a medium-sized bowl, pour in egg whites. Beat until stiff. Continue beating and slowly add in sugar. Once meringue is finished, add to the top of the banana pudding as the final layer. Broil until egg whites are browned.
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