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World Class Banana Pudding

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If you love old-fashioned banana pudding with Nabisco Nilla wafers made from scratch, check out the dessert selections at Discount Food Store on Homestead at Laura Koppe. The cafeteria inside the store serves arguably the finest soul food in the city of Houston. Plate lunches with entrees and two sides are four bucks. Desserts are two dollars.

Of course, if you have time on your hands, you might just want to make your own banana pudding. The recipe from back of the Nilla Wafer box after the jump:

Nabisco's Original Banana Pudding Recipe

  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 45 NILLA Wafers, divided
  • 5 ripe bananas, sliced (about 3 1/2 cups), divided
  • Additional NILLA Wafers and banana slices, for garnish

1. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler. Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water, stirring constantly for 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

2. Reserve 10 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard on bottom of 1 1/2-quart casserole; cover with a layer of wafers and a layer of sliced bananas. Pour about 1/3 of custard over bananas. Continue to layer wafers, bananas and custard to make a total of 3 layers of each, ending with custard.

3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Spoon on top of pudding, spreading evenly to cover entire surface and sealing well to edges.

4. Bake at 350°F in top half of oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Cool slightly or refrigerate. Garnish with additional wafers and banana slices just before serving.

Makes 8 servings

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