Memories of special meals prepared by loving family members evoke powerful emotions in all of us. These favorite dishes, commonly known as "comfort food", remind us of times and places in our past that generate feelings of safety, warmth and joy. Experience those feelings again with recipes from my book: "A Taste of Memories: Comforting Foods From Our Past".
Warm, creamy puddings are comforting for us at any age. Banana pudding has been a popular favorite for many years. This recipe was passed down from by great-grandmother, Sara Frances Roberts (shown in the photo), through four generations of family members. She had a big bowl of banana pudding sitting on the counter in her tiny farmhouse kitchen for many of our Sunday afternoon visits.
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Box of vanilla wafers 5 or 6 ripe bananas, sliced (about 4 cups)
In a saucepan, blend sugar, flour and salt. Stir in eggs and milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.Spread 1/2 cup of custard into bottom of a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. Place a layer of vanilla wafers over custard. Top with a generous layer of bananas. Pour about 2/3 cup of custard over the bananas. Repeat with two more layers of vanilla wafers, bananas and custard. Crush about 1/2 cup of wafers and sprinkle over the final layer of custard. Serve pudding warm or cold. Optional: top each serving with sweetened whipped cream if you like.