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Psalm 107

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

I’m working on a blog post about selecting and raising-up bull calves into prospective herd sires. But before I finish that post, I wanted to share one of my favorite dessert recipes:


Right after assembling.



Ready to eat!

This dessert reminds me of the banana puddings I ate at my Grandma Kinnamon’s lavish family feasts. It tastes like southern heritage and Tennessee hospitality topped with a cloud of heavenly sweetness. So SO good.

This is an all-from-scratch recipe (except for the vanilla wafers). But do NOT let that scare you. I think the most labor-intensive part of the whole thing is slicing the bananas. With a little patience and attentive finesse, anyone can craft this delicious treat.

The portions for this recipe work well for an 11” x 7” glass dish. If you double the portions, you can make enough for a table full of dinner guests. The number of people this will serve, truthfully, depends on whether you are dishing out small, tea-party portions or big ol’ fill-that-bowl portions. At our house, we usually go for the full bowl. YUM!

Ingredients:

4 large eggs

½ + ¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon + 1 pinch of salt

2 cups milk

½ teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons flour

3-4 bananas

About half box of vanilla wafers

Process:

Prepare

Separate the eggs whites from the egg yolks. Put the whites in one bowl and the yolks in another.


Make the pudding

  1. In a saucepan, whisk together ½ cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of flour, ½ teaspoon of salt, 4 egg yolks, 2 cups of milk.

  2. Cook on low heat, stirring frequently, until properly thickened into luscious pudding.

  3. Remove the pudding from the heat.

  4. Add ½ teaspoon vanilla and stir well.


Make the meringue

  1. Beat 4 egg whites and a pinch of salt with a mixer until you begin to see them thicken and produce peaks.

  2. Carefully fold in ¼ cup of sugar. Mix gently with the blender on low speed until the meringue doesn’t slide down the side of the bowl when you tip the bowl.

**Preheat the oven to 425 degrees


Build the dessert

  1. In your dish, layer the pudding, wafers, and banana slices. I slice the banana at an angle to get longer, oval slices . . . just because I like that better. I place the bananas and wafers evenly across the width and length of the dish. I organize the layers like this: pudding-wafers-sliced bananas-pudding-wafers-sliced bananas.

  2. Top the dessert with your meringue. Spread it evenly across the top with a spatula, dipping the spatula periodically to create small valleys and peaks.

Do a quick bake

Place your dessert in the 425-degree oven for about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on it. You want the meringue to be gently browned, with the valleys light and the peaks a bit darker.


Eat!

Serve warm or cover and refrigerate after cooling.


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