That ain’t my grandmother’s banana pudding — BUT it is!
These cute little jelly jars make the perfect containers for this rich banana pudding.
My grandmother always made the best homemade banana pudding and she still could if she wanted to. She just turned 97 in May and is still occasionally cooking up things in her kitchen. Her banana pudding was always from scratch. She would get out all her ingredients, slice her bananas and make a rich, sweet, homemade custard to layer between the bananas and vanilla wafers and then top it with a fluffy meringue and brown it just the right amount in the oven. We could hardly wait for it to be chilled so we could dig into a big bowl of the pudding.
Remember that banana pudding your grandmother use to make that was piled high with meringue and browned in the oven?
I remember my mother and grandmother making homemade banana pudding. I remember the smooth custard that they made from scratch. NO instant vanilla pudding and no whipped cream on top. Instead their banana pudding had that rich homemade custard, crunchy vanilla wafers on the verge of getting soft but still a little crunch left and oh, the meringue, piled high and browned in the oven.
Wow! Now you can have those same flavors in this ice cream. I know summer is over, but I’m slipping this ice cream recipe in because I know you will enjoy it. My daughter and I went to Charleston, SC over Labor Day weekend with my twin sister and her son. We had a great time and while there I saw this cookbook, The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook and remember SmittenKitchenmentioning this book in her blog. So, I ordered it from our library and while drueling over almost every recipe in the book I came across the recipe for Banana Pudding Ice cream. It’s delicious.
I topped this with a banana slices and vanilla wafers. I think chocolate would be a great addition.