Makes 8 servings • Double boiler • 9 x 13-inch casserole dish or large glass bowl
2 sticks (1/2 pound) butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk (I use Pet)
3/4 cup whole milk
6 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
40 vanilla wafer cookies
Whipped topping (optional)
1. In the top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt the butter. Whisk in the sugar, flour, and salt. Add the milks and stir continuously until the mixture thickens. This may take 30 to 40 minutes.
2. Once it’s thickened, stir a little into the egg yolks. This will temper the yolks and keep them from cooking too fast. Stir the tempered egg yolks into the mixture in the double boiler and cook, stirring, until when you pull out the spoon, the mixture does not drip.
3. Remove the top from the double boiler. Stir in the vanilla.
4. Spread a little of the pudding in the bottom of the casserole. Top with the vanilla wafers. Slice the bananas in rounds, dip them lightly in lemon juice to preserve their freshness, and place on the wafers. Pour the remaining pudding on top. If you like, add more vanilla wafers to the top of the pudding and add spoonfuls of whipped topping.
5. To be really fancy, layer the pudding, bananas, and vanilla wafers in nice drinking glasses and add a little whipped topping.
A Note from Miss Kay
I guess if I’m famous for any of my dishes, this would be it. At almost every church gathering, I’m asked to bring banana pudding. I do love it myself, so I never mind making it.