Nanner Puddin’

Leave it to the Homesick Texan to cause me to have an uncontrollable craving for real banana pudding. Not the crap you get from a box of Jello. They say that moderation is the key. My ass… I’m eating the whole batch!

Banana Pudding
2 cups of milk
1/3 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of corn starch
1 egg
1 tablespoon of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
4 bananas, 3 of them cut into thin slices crosswise
24 chocolate cookies (HT’s chocolate cookie recipe is here. Or you can use any other cookie you like.)

1. Place 1 of the bananas on a parchment-paper lined sheet, and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for fifteen minutes or until skin blackens.
3. Remove roasted banana from skin and lightly mash with a fork. Set aside.
2. Place the milk, sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan, mix well with a whisk, and heat on medium, continuously stirring.
3. When liquid comes to a boil, let it boil for 30 seconds, add the mashed banana, and then turn down the heat to low and continue to stir until mixture is thick.
4. Beat the egg in a separate dish with a couple of tablespoons of pudding, and then incorporate egg mixture into pudding.
5. Mix in the vanilla and butter.
6. Remove pudding from heat.
7. You can either make individual pudding cups or one big pudding dish, but here’s the general procedure for assembly: layer some of the sliced bananas and cookies in a dish, and then pour some pudding over bananas and cookies until dish is half full. Repeat layers and then stick some of the cookies on top in a decorative flourish. (Note: a fresh can of aersolized whip cream is a good add, too. But try to restrain yourself from squirting it right into your mouth…)


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