Mama's Banana Pudding
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INGREDIENTS
  • Servings: 6 - 8
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 36 vanilla wafers
  • 3 medium bananas
DIRECTIONS
  1. Blend sugar, flour, and salt. Add 1/2 cup milk, stirring until smooth. Add remaining milk, mixing thoroughly. Beat egg yolks slightly and add to mixture. Cook over medium heat until thickened. Remove from heat. Add vanilla.
  2. Make a layer of wafers, one of bananas and cover with custard. Repeat until all of the wafers, bananas, and custard are used.
  3. Meringue:
  4. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add 1/4 cup sugar, beating constantly. Spread meringue over the custard and brown in the oven. Serve warm or chilled.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
My grandparents gave my mama a cookbook when she was married in 1949. In this cookbook was the banana pudding recipe she always made for us. My daddy accidentally sold the cookbook in a yard sale when he set out a box of books that were being stored until they could move back home. Daddy's job had temporarily relocated them. I even ordered a couple of cookbooks off E-Bay with hopes that it would be like the one that had been accidentally sold. No luck there. One day, I was going through an old recipe box of mine that included handwritten recipes of some of my favorite recipes that mama had made through the years. I had put these recipes in the box during my teenage years with hopes that one day I would marry and be able to use them when cooking for my family. To my amazement, there was a copy of the banana pudding recipe in the box that my mama had regretted losing. We celebrated that 'find.'