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Category: Desserts

Old-Time Banana Pudding

Dear SOS: About 20 years ago, every box of vanilla wafers had a recipe for banana pudding. My sister and I have looked everywhere for a recipe ever since. Can you help? Pat Meenahan Irvine Dear Pat: You can always ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes plus 8 hours chilling | Serves 6
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 45 vanilla wafers, plus more for garnish
  • 6 large ripe bananas
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Step 1Stir together brown sugar, flour, salt and milk in medium saucepan. Bring to boil over low heat. Cook and stir until mixture begins to thicken, about 15 to 20 minutes. Lightly beat eggs in small bowl or cup. Add little hot pudding to eggs, whisking to blend well. Add egg mixture to remaining hot pudding and mix well. Cook and stir until mixture is thick and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla.

Step 2Place about 2 heaping spoons of pudding in 1 1/2-quart shallow glass serving dish, then spread over bottom. Top with 15 vanilla wafers, slices from 2 bananas and a third of remaining pudding. Repeat layers twice. Cover and chill pudding 8 hours or overnight.

Step 3Whip cream, then spread on top of pudding. Garnish with additional vanilla wafers stuck vertically around edge of bowl to form scalloped edges, or crush wafers and sprinkle over top.

Each serving:
678 calories; 440 mg sodium; 162 mg cholesterol; 30 grams fat; 96 grams carbohydrates; 10 grams protein; 0.62 gram fiber.
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