I will be truthful. His mother makes THE BEST banana pudding in the entire world. Over the years, I have tried to duplicate hers....and failed repeatedly. Mine are good. They just aren't as good as hers.
Recipe after recipe has been close, but not quite. Finally, I combined elements of my favorite recipes to develop this recipe. It is the one my hubby requests now. If I put meringue on top, it would be really close to THE BEST. But, my meringue is awful, so I don't make it.
We all have our Achilles Heel's. Meringue is mine. So I top my banana pudding with Whipped Cream, either from a can (like this) or if I'm really channeling Susie Homemaker, I make my own.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla wafers for topping
Whipped topping, optional
Crush the vanilla wafers and put in bottom of a bowl. Slice the banana and mix with wafers.
Next, prepare the pudding. In a saucepan, blend sugar, flour and salt; add milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Stir 1 Tbsp of hot mixture into eggs, adding 1-2 more Tbsp and stirring to temper the eggs. Then, stir the egg mixture into the hot mixture. Return to heat and cook 2 minutes.
Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla. Stir to combine and melt butter.
Pour over banana and wafer mixture, stir.
Top with vanilla wafers. Or, if preferred, top with meringue and broil until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!
Refrigerate left overs.