Banana Pudding

Feb. 28, 2023, noon

This was my Daddy's favorite dessert.  This is a very versatile recipe.  If you add cocoa powder, you can make chocolate pudding or chocolate pie.  If you add coconut, you can make cocount cream pie.  It's a basic custard recipe.  For a pie, you would need a little more thickener.  Enjoy!

3 eggs, separated (you will use the whites for the meringue)
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons flour
2 1/3 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
vanilla wafers

Beat egg whites (sweetened) until very stiff and set aside.

Heat milk in a small pot until starts to bubble around the edges.

In a heavy saucepan, mix sugar and flour into the egg yolks.  Gradually add milk to the sugar mixture, using a whisk and stirring vigorously until smooth.  Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Line a clear glass bowl with vanilla wafers and a layer of sliced bananas.

Pour ½ of the pudding on this layer.

Make another layer of cookies and bananas.

Pour remaining pudding on this layer.

Spread meringue (egg whites) on top and seal the edges.

Bake in 375 degree oven until brown.

If (and I emphasize "if") you have leftovers, you will need to refrigerate them. :)