Before quarantine, I had my sister and her boyfriend over for dinner. When I asked what they wanted for dinner, they ignored my question and told me what they wanted for dessert instead. A banana cream pie. Now, I know, this is not a recipe for banana cream pie, BUT I used the banana cream pie recipe to create this one. For real, the only difference is in Banana Pudding you add Nilla Wafers and in a Banana Cream Pie, you add pie crust. When it came up last week that we were going to be able to have dinner together as a family, I knew exactly what dessert to make. So Mak, this one is for you. Now you can make banana flavoured treats whenever your heart desires!
3 cups Whole Milk
¾ cup Sugar
⅓ cup All-purpose Flour
¼ tsp Salt
3 Egg Yolks
2 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 box Nilla Wafers
You’ll need 2 saucepans for this so lets start there.
In your first saucepan, heat your milk until it’s hot, but not boiling. Once it’s almost ready, in another saucepan, combine your flour, sugar and salt and whisk until combined over low heat. You don’t want the sugar to melt or anything, just make sure it’s mixed.
In a steady stream, slowly add and begin whisking in your hot milk. This is the base of your pudding, so we want no chunks! Keep whisking until thickened.
In a small bowl, beat your 3 egg yolks. Add a small amount of hot pudding and whisk quickly. Once combined, add your yolk mixture back into your hot pudding mixture. Cook for another minute or so, until fully combined.
Take it off the heat and add your butter and vanilla extract. Mix and let it sit until lukewarm.
About an hour or two before you’re ready to serve, begin to assemble your pudding. Layer nilla wafers, sliced bananas and pudding. Repeat this layer order with the top layer being pudding.
Put it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. This will help thicken and set the pudding and will allow time for the nilla wafers to absorb some of the moisture from the pudding.
Top with additional nilla wafers and bananas and serve.
This is an easy dessert to serve in individual cups, which I like, or in a large glass bowl where you can see the layers.
I also use this pudding recipe as my base for Banana Cream Pie as well. Just switch out your Nilla Wafers for your favourite cooked pie crust! It's that easy!