Original Banana Pudding
¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup four
35-45 Nilla wafers
5-6 good sized bananas
4 eggs, separated at room temp
2 cups milk
½ tsp vanilla
(reserve 1 banana and 10-12 Nilla wafers for garnish)
Combine ½ cup sugar, flour, and salt in double broiler.
Stir in 4 egg yolks and milk. Blend well. Cook uncovered over boiling water, stirring constantly until thickened. Reduce heat and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat; add vanilla, spread small amount on bottom of 1 ½ qt. casserole dish.
Cover with a layer of Nilla wafers.
Top with layer of sliced bananas.
Pour about 1/3 of custard over bananas continue to layer with wafers, bananas, custard to make 3 layer ending with custard.
Beat egg whites until stiff, not dry.
Gradually add remaining ¼ cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Spoon on top of the pudding, spreading to cover entire pudding surface and sealing well to edges.
Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes or until delicately browned.
Cool slightly or chill just before serving.
Garnish with reserved banana slices and Nilla wafers upright around the edge of the dish.