Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homemade Banana Wafer Pudding

Ever have a favorite it seemed you just could not make without store bought stuff? I have.

Banana Pudding- remember mom layering Nilla wafers with jello pudding and chunks of banana? It'd never sit long in the fridge. It's a can't do without when the weather get's warm home comfort food for me.
So I figured it out.
3 stages.

Make Homemade Vanilla wafers
1 cup butter
3 eggs
1 cup unrefined cane sugar or palm sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
cream together until smooth. Sift in:
3 cups flour (I use whole wheat but you can use almond flour nice!)
3tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp milk.
Mix well! No lumps. Refrigerate for 1 hour until chilled through. Roll out very thin and use a cookie cutter or a juice glass inverted to cut. Bake on greased cookie sheet or lined with parchment paper- at 350F for 6-8 minutes. Cool.

Make Homemade Vanilla Pudding.(I make this while cookie dough is chillin in the fridge.)

2 cups milk
1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar or palm sugar
3 tbsp. cornstarch or tapioca starch
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
In medium saucepan,  heat milk on med heat until begins to bubble at edges. Don't let it completely boil. In a bowl, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Pour into hot milk, a little at a time, stirring to dissolve. I used a whisk.  Stir constantly until mixture thickens like thick gravy.  Don't let it boil.   Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Set into refrigerator about 1 hour to cool. if you do not like the "skin" that forms on cooked pudding, cover with a piece of plastic wrap before refrigerating. 

Then  I started the cookies which had cooled in their dough and baked them not worrying about the pudding. It's chillin! Yay! :)

Once both are made and cooled;  it's just a matter of slicing a banana and layering into a bowl, cookies, pudding banana- cookies pudding banana- and yay! Homemade banana wafer pudding. No boxes. A comfort food you can be proud of!!!!!! Serve as desert.


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