I did say trinity, didn't I?
Well, for a good banana pudding, you need three things.
Custard or Vanilla Pudding
Just those three.
Of course I like to top my pudding with whipped cream, but then again I love whipped cream.
OK, so it's four things you need.
To start with, make your favourite custard or vanilla pudding. Personally I like custard, and I make it with my Bird's Custard Powder. It takes a little while, but I feel it's so worth it. I'm going to give World Market a plug here, cause that's where I find it on a consistent basis, but I've also found it at Publix as well.
I inveigled my sister into making the custard, while I got some stuff done. I was orchestrating the Low Country Boil that day, so I didn't feel bad asking her to do that.
I just love my family.
The basics of using Bird's Custard Powder is to add two tablespoons custard powder to two tablespoons sugar and mix it with two tablespoons cold milk. Then add a pint of hot milk to that and stir it well, heat to boiling and it thickens quite well.
For this Pudding we did 6 cups of milk, which is just about 3 pints of milk. (and here's a big hint. Heat the milk in the microwave first, then add it it to the cold slurry you just made with the custard powder, milk and sugar. Speeds up the process, and less chance of scorching the milk. Which is a very good thing.)
You don't want to break the bowl as you begin to layer your pudding. Especially when it's a pretty one like this. I like to layer the custard while it's still warm, almost hot. It seems to soften the Nilla wafers much better.
Just before serving, whip up some cream and place on top.
Recipe Banana Pudding serves a dozen people.
6 cups prepared custard or Vanilla Pudding if you prefer
4-5 bananas, sliced
1 box of Nilla Wafers (you actually won't use the whole box, but use as much as you want.)
1 pint whipping cream, whipped and sweetened just a tad.
Layer the first three ingredients in a pretty serving bowl, and top with the whipped cream.
Serve and eat and enjoy.
This dessert can also be made with fewer layers, or more custard if you like.
It is your dessert after all.