THE VILULA TEA GARDEN was a little tea room in my memories...ladies wearing white gloves and pretty hats; soft and mended old linens on the tables; and heirloom roses in crystal vases....lovely.

September 15, 2011

Original Nilla Banana Pudding from Anita is the original Banana Pudding from Anita...she says my other recipe post was not the best!

Prep Time:30 min
Total Time:50 min

12 servings, 2/3 cup each


3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/3 cup flour (use all purpose--not self-rising)
dash salt
3 eggs, separated
2 1/4 cups milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
45 NILLA Wafers, divided
2 or 3 bananas, sliced

MIX 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler(you don't have to use a double boiler if you have a good heavy pan and stir constantly). Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water 10 to 12 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. (I do it they way the original recipe said which is to add the milk and cook till begins to thicken--then TEMPER the eggs with a little of the mixture--then add tempered eggs to pudding and cook 1 minute more. Then Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

RESERVE 12 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard onto bottom of 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Cover with layers of 1/3 each of the remaining wafers, bananas and remaining custard. Repeat layers 2 times.

BEAT egg whites on high speed of mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread over custard, sealing well to edge of dish.

BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Top with reserved wafers just before serving.

She likes to let it sit 15 or 20 minutes so the vanilla wafers can soften...I totally agree!!!

Hold tight to your friends--have fun when you can--laugh every day--eat the dessert!

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