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Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafer Crumble

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Funerals are a big deal in New Orleans and our family was no exception. Though we didn’t send our beloveds off with a jazz funeral and a brass band, we did put out quite a spread to keep the mourners sated. I would sit through the eulogy, the whole time keeping my fingers crossed that I’d meet up with banana pudding at the post-service buffet table at one of the cousin’s houses. I’d walk into the gathering and within minutes I’d be scanning the dessert table-nine out often times it was there-a giant bowl of canary yellow and banana-flavored righteousness beckoning to be pillaged. Sometimes it was layered with vanilla wafers like a parfait. Sometimes the cookies were half sunken into the abyss. Sometimes there were bananas and sometimes there weren’t. I’d always scoop out a giant serving with more than my fair share of cookies. Now that I’m grown, I like my banana pudding flavored with banana liqueur and topped with a vanilla-wafer and cinnamon-tossed crumb topping. The topping always stays crisp and provides an amazing contrast to the soft-tender bite of the chopped bananas and the silkiness of the pudding. It’s humble and homey but just different enough from the traditional version that I feel good about serving it in a more sophisticated setting.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Taste and Texturecreamy, fruity, sweet

Type of Dishdessert, pudding

Ingredients

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons banana liqueur (or 1 teaspoon banana flavoring)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup vanilla wafers (about 15 cookies)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

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