Real "down Home" Southern Banana Pudding

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READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
SERVES: 9
YIELD: 1 pudding
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • BANANA-WAFER PREPARATION:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Slice the bananas crosswise into 1/4" thick round slices.
  • In a large, oven safe bowl, or in an 8x8x2-inch pan or glass baking dish, line the bottom and sides with a layer of vanilla wafers.
  • On top of the layer of wafers, place one layer of bananas. Repeat, alternating a layer of wafers and a layer of banana slices until the bowl or dish is filled to within 1/4 to 1/2-inch below the rim.
  • THE FILLING:
  • Separate the eggs, being careful not to nick the yolks. Reserve the egg whites and set aside.
  • Combine evaporated milk and water.
  • In a large sauce pan, mix flour, sugar, and egg yolks until well blended.
  • Mix in milk slowly, stirring constantly.
  • Place pan on the range eye and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  • As soon as mixture reaches boiling point, reduce heat to medium, stirring constantly until desired thickness is achieved. Filling should be thick but pourable.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Immediately pour over wafer-banana layers, jiggling the dish to ensure that filling covers all layers and there are no air pockets.
  • THE MERINGUE:
  • TIP - If you do not have cream of tartar, you can use 1/2 tsp of lemon juice as a satisfactory substitute. 1/4 tsp lemon juice = 1/8 tsp cream of tartar.
  • TIP - Cold egg whites will not yield as much volume as room temperature egg whites and will take longer to peak.
  • Beat room-temperature egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
  • Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff and glossy peaks form and all sugar is dissolved.
  • Spoon meringue over banana pudding, smoothing the top and sealing it to the edge of the bowl or baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until meringue is golden.
  • Cool to room temperature or chill in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
  • Banana pudding's flavor is best the day after it is made.
  • 9 Servings.
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