Homemade Banana Pudding, rich and creamy homemade pudding poured over Nilla wafers and fresh banana slices, an old fashioned goodness like Grandma makes.
You could say my Mother made real homemade pudding, the kind you cook on the stove from scratch, not out of a box. It's not hard just takes a little more time.
I can still see my Mother standing at the stove (with her apron, loved those aprons) stirring the pudding and not taking her eyes off of it.
Sure it takes a little time and effort to make this Banana Pudding from scratch, but it is so worth it.
I don't know if you have a special bowl to layer your Banana Pudding in or not, we did, and I am tickled to have a bowl just like my Mother had. It just makes it a little special and if I am not mistaken a little sweeter (grins)!
Homemade Banana Pudding
1 1/2 cups sugar
4-6 tablespoons Flour (heaping)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz.)
4 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 12 oz box vanilla wafers
6 bananas, sliced
In a large dutch oven add sugar, flour, and salt. Whisk together until completely blended.
In a large bowl beat eggs and add all the milk. Beat again until eggs are completely incorporated with the milk.
Add milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until all is blended. With the dutch oven on the burner, start cooking the pudding on medium heat stirring with a whisk constantly.
After 10-15 minutes and the pudding begins to thicken slightly, check to see if it is ready by dipping a tablespoon in it and running your finger down the back of it. If it leaves a clean strip, it is ready. If the pudding runs together after you run your finger down the back of the spoon, it needs to cook a little longer.
It does not take long to cook and you do not want the pudding to boil. You just want it to be slightly thicken. When the pudding is slightly thick, set it off the burner and add the butter and vanilla and mix well; set aside.
In a large serving bowl. Arrange a layer of vanilla wafers evenly in the bottom. On top of the vanilla wafers arrange a layer of bananas.
Pour a third of the pudding mixture over the bananas and vanilla wafers. Repeat the layers two more times.
Arrange another layer of vanilla wafers evenly on top of the pudding mixture. Also, arrange vanilla wafers around the edge, pushing into the filling so only 1/2 the wafer is showing.
Refrigerate at least 3 hour or overnight before serving.
Cook's Note: Depending on how thick or runny you like your pudding will depend on how much flour is added. Some say 4 tablespoon is not enough. We don't like ours super thick so you decide.
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