Tuesday, June 18, 2013


When we were visiting with our friends, Vicki and Don, in Atlanta recently, for dinner she made her daughter's Meal in One Dish.  Recipe . 

The meal was delicious.  But to top it off, Vicki made Real Banana Pudding.  I have to stress "Real" because I am guilty of always using instant pudding mix when I make banana pudding.  I'm sorry...it is just so easy.

But if I am honest...nothing tastes like the "Real Thing" and I'm not talking about Coke.  I really wanted a second helping but I was afraid they would think I was a pig. So I just have to make some for myself.  You can bet, I will be making it by Vicki's recipe.

Vicki gives credit to Nilla Wafers for the recipe with a few personal changes.


3/4     cup sugar, divided
1/3     cup flour
dash of salt
3        eggs, separated
2        cups skim milk
1/2     teaspoon vanilla
Reduced-fat vanilla wafers
3        ripe bananas, sliced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix 1/2 cup of the sugar, flour, and salt in the top of a double boiler.  Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk.

Cook, uncovered over boiling water (in the bottom pan) 10 - 12 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat; stir in the vanilla.

Pour just enough of the pudding mixture to cover the bottom of a 2 quart casserole.

Place a layer of vanilla wafers on top.

Then a layer of sliced bananas.

Repeat with another layer of the pudding, then wafers, and lastly banana slices.

Finish off with the last of the pudding.

Make the meringue: 

Beat the egg whites on high til soft peaks form.  Gradually add 1/4 cup of sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.

Spoon meringue over the top of the pudding.  Spread evenly sealing the edges.

Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until browned.

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