Here is my Southern style Banana Pudding,my first contribution to Maheswari of 'Beyond the usual' blog who just launched a AFAM event!This month's fruit is "Banana"!:))
A great fruit to create myriad of desserts or just to enjoy as it is. Make sure Bananas are ripe before making this dessert to add it's own sweetness and flavor to the pudding to mingle along with Vanilla flavor and the crunchiness of Graham cracker crumbs! You can also use coarsely crushed Vanilla wafers and whole wafers to garnish, which is often used in Southern style pudding, your choice.
You Need: Makes 4 servings
Two ripe bananas, 1/4 tsp Lemon Juice(optional),10-12 Graham Crackers ground coarsely or 1/4 cup Graham cracker crumbs or Nilla Vanilla wafers, coarsely crushed.
For Pudding:1/3 cup sugar or more to your taste, 2 tbsp plain flour or 2 tbsp cornstarch, 1/8 tsp salt, 2 cups milk or Fat-Free Half and Half, 2 whole eggs, beaten (optional) and 1 tsp vanilla essence.
Vanilla Pudding: Mix sugar, flour or cornstarch and salt in a heavy bottomed saucepan.Gradually stir in milk,stir over medium heat until it thickens and comes to a boil.Lower the heat,stir until thickish.Beat eggs in a bowl, add some hot milk, mix and add to the pan.Continue cooking until thick, stir in Vanilla essence and remove from heat. Cool.
Variation to make it even easier:
Mix the sugar, milk, flour or cornstarch and then add 2 eggs and beat well to mix. Heat it on medium heat, stirring all the time to avoid scrambling the eggs until thickish. Add vanilla essence and mix well and use as below.
Slice Bananas into rounds, add and mix lemon Juice to prevent discoloration if you like.
To serve:Take a nice bowl,sprinkle 1-2 tbsp Cracker crumbs or wafer crumbs, layer with banana slices, 4 tbsp cooled pudding, repeat the layer once again ending with crumbs and 2 round slices of Banana to top the pudding. Delicious pudding is ready to eat. But wait! Tastes even better if you chill it:))
Here's your yummy Banana Pudding,Southern style!:)