Maya Angelou's Man-Winning Banana Pudding/Banana Pie W. Meringue

READY IN: 5hrs 30mins




  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt; stir until blended.
  • Mix in milk.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened and boiling; boil 1 minute and remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks. Then whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot custard until blended. Pour yolk mixture back into the saucepan of custard; cook over medium heat, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in butter and vanilla until blended.
  • Place vanilla wafers [these could be crushed in a large bag with a rolling pin] on the bottom of a shallow 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Top with layers of banana slices and custard.
  • Repeat layering, ending with custard.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg whites that are at room temperature with 1/4 cup sugar at low speed until frothy. Add cream of tartar; increase speed to medium and gradually beat in remaining sugar. Beat until egg whites hold stiff peaks.
  • Spoon meringue over hot custard immediately, making sure the meringue touches the baking dish on all sides (this prevents shrinking).
  • Transfer to oven and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.
  • Remove pudding from oven and cool 1 hour.
  • Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.