Today, Stephen missed school. He had a tummy ache. Even worse, I think it's partially my fault. Yesterday, I was craving banana pudding and said, "I'm going to make Stephen some banana pudding. After all, he loves it so much." That sounds much better than saying, "I feel like I could eat a whole quart of banana pudding!" He does love banana pudding as much as I do, and between the two of us, we ate more than half of it within 20 minutes after taking it out of the oven.
It's beginning to storm, so to prevent a repeat of the modem trouble I had after hurricane Ivan, I'll make this recipe entry quick.
Mama's banana pudding
2/3 c sugar
1/4 c flour
1/4 t salt
2 c milk
2 eggs, separated
1 t vanilla flavoring (please, don't insult your taste buds by using imitation vanilla)
vanilla wafer cookies
3-6 bananas, thinly sliced (very ripe ones are best for pudding)
In a double boiler, combine sugar, flour and salt. Stir in milk. Cook over boiling water, stirring unil thickened. Beat egg yolks. Remove boiler of custard from heat and add some of it to the beaten egg yolks. Slowly add the egg mixture to the pot of custard. [this prevents curdling.] Return to double boiler, cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add vanilla. Line a one quart casserole dish with vanilla wafers and top with sliced bananas. Pour some of the custard over the bananas. Repeat layers, ending with the custard.
Beat egg white untill stiff [but don't over beat them, or they'll be dry] Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Pile the egg whites on top of pudding. [swirl'em and make it purdy] Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for about 5 minutes.
Silly, me. I should have taken a picture of it when it came out of the oven. But to be honest with you, I was salivating from so much anticipation, I never thought about it. Stephen and I sat in front of the TV and slurped banana pudding like pigs as we watched The Wizard Of Oz.
...And today, we paid for it. Ah, but it was well worth it.