I don’t know about you but I feel like the month of August came and went so fast. Before I knew it, Labor Day weekend was here. It’s funny how people look forward to that “one” day off to do absolutely nothing! That’s exactly what we are doing today. Nothing!!! But this weekend was full of gatherings with the family.
We always do a potluck theme – everyone brings a dish to share. Usually something of their own liking. But me…I’m told exactly what to bring. My Aunt Bobbie called me and asked for Banana Pudding. This is a family favorite. My Grandma Tessie made this all the time when I was young. At that time, I didn’t really have an interest in how to prepare it. You know how teenagers are. Since she has passed, I try to make all of her specialties to keep memories alive. Whenever she made it, it seems like there was never enough. That was the case this weekend. As soon as the Banana Pudding hit the table there were swarms of people lined up. A few minutes later, completely gone! It warms my heart that they enjoyed it.
Here is her recipe. I hope you and your family enjoy it too.
Southern Banana Pudding
8 eggs yolks
1/2 cup of sugar
5 Tbls cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups of half & half
2 Tbls pure Vanilla Extract
3 1/2 Tbls unsalted butter, at room temperature
One 14 oz can of condensed milk
12 oz package of vanilla wafers
In a large heavy saucepan, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt until well blended. It should be a pale yellow color.
In another heavy saucepan, heat the half & half and condensed milk until just boiling. Then temper the egg mixture by whisking about 1 cup of the milk mixture into the egg mixture. Continue to whisk and then add the remaining milk mixture.
Cook the combined mixtures over medium heat, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened. This is a really important step. Make sure it is a pudding consistency when thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.
Arrange one third of the pudding on bottom of 4 qt serving bowl. Layer the pudding with wafers, then top wafers with 1 sliced banana.
Repeat procedure twice. Spread whipped cream over pudding and garnish with wafers.
Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 8 hours or overnight.