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nanny's banana pudding

Recipe by
Holly Grier- Wallace

This recipe dates back many years, and was my Texas grandmother's go to banana puddin recipe. She would make it for weddings, funerals, weekday supper or any pitch in meal. It was always a favorite of mine, although everything my Nanny Grier made was delicious and memorable! This is a classic southern 'nanna puddin' recipe, it's sweet, so you could cut the sugar a bit if you must, but my grandmother would roll her eyes at ya! Hint: you can change the fruit to anything you like, you can also use chocolate baking powder to make a delicious chocolate pudding!

prep time 20 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For nanny's banana pudding

  • 2 c
  • 1 1/3 c
  • 3
    eggs (separated)
  • 1/4 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 4
  • 2-3
    bananas, sliced
  • vanilla wafers cookies

How To Make nanny's banana pudding

  • 1
    Combine Sugar and Flour in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • 2
    Mix egg yolks and milk in a bowl and beat well with a whisk. Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  • 3
    Add egg mixture to the flour and sugar mixture in the skillet and mix together well, at first using a whisk, then use a wooden spoon to keep stirring. Mix well, you want to get rid of lumps.
  • 4
    Bring mixture to a boil, while constantly stirring. Bring heat down to medium, keep stirring well until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
  • 5
    Add bananas to the pudding and stir well, careful to not break up your banana slices.
  • 6
    Line the bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 glass pan, or a glass bowl with nilla wafers.
  • 7
    Pour mixture over the nilla wafers and spread evenly with a spatula.
  • 8
    Begin making your meringue. I use a big bowl with about 3 " of ice water, then place my mixing bowl over the top to keep my egg whites cold while I beat them (I've had more luck this way, especially on a hot kitchen day)! Add egg whites to bowl and begin mixing them on medium high. Slowly add up to 2 tbs of sugar to the mixture, spinning the bowl to mix your egg whites until stiff peaks form. Your meringue is ready when you have the perfect taste of sweet and stiff enough it sticks to your spatula.
  • 9
    Spread the meringue over the pudding and place under the broiler in your oven. Keep turning the pudding until you have a nice toasty, even glow on the meringue. Don't forget your oven mitts!
  • 10
    Enjoy it right away, or let the pudding cool and place in the refrigerator to set before serving.

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