Dietary Slumming with Tammy: Caramel Banana Pudding

Hey ya’ll. I’m Tammy.

I’m a good friend of Captain Anna, the brain behind Suck It, Martha, and her life has gotten a lil’ bit busy lately, so she asked me, the most reliable and best cooking friend she has, to help her out a bit here and there.

So here I am.

from photosofcutebabies

And okay, the real reason she asked me for help is because I’m “between jobs” and I’m not scared of butter or lard.

from omgbabies

See, I have a theory of life. You might call this “Tammy’s Theory of Life.” (I got a C in Creative Writing)

There’s a reason this great country was built on a foundation of casseroles.

from nocaptionneeded

A little slumming is always good–not everything should be fancy and healthy.

This is true in the media as well. Remember Frasier?  Roz had way more fun that Niles and Frasier ever did, right?

from fanpop

Think about it: Karen & Jack or Will & Grace–which pair had more fun?

from mimosasandsamosas

Lorelai & Rory or Emily?

from starshollow

Any character Roseanne ever played.

from ew

Joan (Holloway) Harris or Betty Draper?

from makeupandtalk

Celia Hodes or Nancy Botwin?

from tvscape

The whole cast of 30 Rock.

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I’m unemployed and Netflix is my best friend.

Anyway, in addition to watching too much TV and being fired from my job at the Big Swamp Harley Davidson Outlet, I make a kick-ass caramel banana pudding.

Banana pudding is a staple here in the South, sort of like collards and anything fried. You can’t go to a true Southern buffet without finding greens, fried things, and a mushy Jell-o pudding/banana concoction waiting for you at the end of the buffet. It’s probably right next to the regular Jell-o and some type of cobbler.

from nipclub

But ya’ll, making good banana pudding is hard.  I tried for years and was never able to keep the Nilla Wafers from becoming soggy, pulpy mounds. But then my ex-husband’s cousin Earlene brought this one to a family reunion, and it was the shit.

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Best part is, there’s no Jell-o pudding.

I know you’re just dying to learn how to make this, so I’ll quit rambling and get down to it.

Ingredients:

  • 5 or 6 bananas
  • 1/3 cup AP flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (not a typo–you need this, too)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • box of vanilla wafers

First, lay your bananas, skin still intact, on a cookie sheet and put in a 500 degree preheated oven.

bananas

This is one of the secrets of this recipe. See, by cooking the bananas until the skin is black, you’re heating up the sugar in the banana to make a sweeter, more banana-y banana.

Just trust me. Also, don’t touch the bananas until they’re cool.

While the bananas are in the oven, you’ve gotta make your own pudding.

Don’t close out your browser tab in disgust. Pudding-making isn’t hard, it just requires constant attention for a small amount of time.

In a medium pot, combine the 3/4 cup pf white sugar, the all-purpose flour,

sugar and flour

2 full eggs,

plus eggs

milk,

plus milk

and 4 egg yolks. (set the whites aside in a bowl)

plus 4 yolks

Whisk together over medium heat. Don’t leave it alone! Keep gently whisking. You don’t want your milk to scald.

keep it moving

After about 10 minutes, it should thicken and become to consistency of Jell-o pudding (but it’s waaaaay better). Remove from the heat and add the vanilla.

plus vanilla

Set the pudding aside, and remove the bananas from the oven. The skins should be black.

blackened bananas

Very carefully, slit the skin and vent the banana.  Surprisingly hot doesn’t begin to cover it.

slit

When they’re safe to touch, slice the bananas into the shape you want in the pudding. Most of us choose to cut into rounds, but you may choose to express your creativity via long slices. Whatever.

chopped up

Put brown sugar and butter in a saucepan, and begin caramelizing the sugar.

sugar & butter

Once you’ve got a melty goop in the pan, add the bananas.

bananas….added

Stir. Add the cinnamon. Remove from heat.

mixed up

Layer the vanilla wafers in the bottom of your dish of choice.

Nilla wafers

Spread some puddin’ on there.

puddin’

Then spread some banana caramel stuff on there.

plus banana stuff

Repeat until you run out of room or ingredients.

keep stacking

Now make the meringue.

Take those whites and beat the hell out of them with an electric mixer.

whites

beating

Once it’s all foamy, gradually add the 1/4 white sugar. The mix should form peaks.

topped

Spread over the pudding dish. Bake at 325 for about 20-30 minutes or until the meringue browns.

donesies

Serve hot, if possible.

dessert, bitches

suck that, martha.

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One Comment on “Dietary Slumming with Tammy: Caramel Banana Pudding”

  1. July 26, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    Much informative and useful article… I like it personally…

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