Banana Pudding

I wish I’d taken a picture, because it looked so cool.

I caught an episode of Good Eats recently and taped it… Alton Brown was making a banana pudding.  Now, pudding is one of those kid-friendly desserts that I don’t mind making for the kid explosion that we have every Sunday evening (or in this case, Saturday).  Oh, and the Webmaster and Doc also have a weakness for pudding.  Doc especially.

So I decided to try my hand at it.  I had never made a pudding from scratch before, but there’s a first time for everything.  And in the episode, Alton even went so far as to make his own vanilla wafers for the pudding.  I didn’t have the time or measuring scales (that recipe was using weight measurements for the dry ingredients), so it was Trader Joe’s Ultimate Vanilla Wafers to the rescue!  They taste fabulous all on their own.  And I didn’t use any banana liqueur to soak the wafers.  I was planning on feeding this to small children, after all.

The recipe earned a solid thumbs up from all the kids and adults.  The custard was divine, the wafers had just enough crunch left to them, and it had just the right amount of banana.  Doc was of the opinion that adding the banana liqueur might have made it taste too banana-y, so I think it was a good call to omit it.

Even Rerun got a small taste of it – but he’s not too big on cold food.  He would have liked a wafer all to himself, but we’re not quite ready for that yet.

The only person who really didn’t want the pudding was… Tad.  To him, a pudding is only one flavor.  CHOCOLATE.

We drizzled some chocolate syrup on top of the pudding to appease him.  He ate all the syrup off and left the pudding.  Figures.  The Webmaster ate Tad’s bowl of pudding, and Doc polished off the few bites left in the serving bowl for me.

So, after the success of the banana pudding (which I have promised to make again soon), I started hunting for a from-scratch chocolate pudding recipe.  Because I’m a sucker, that’s why.

I’ve found a couple of potential options.  I’ll let you know how they turn out.  And I will take some pictures next time!

And if I actually made two puddings, maybe I’d actually end up with leftovers.  Maybe.

3 Responses to “Banana Pudding”

  1. Ressis
    February 1st, 2011 08:59

    The Hershey’s cookbook of Mom’s has a yummy, easy chocolate pudding recipe. I used to make it as a teenager. In fact, she gave me her extra copy of that cookbook because I made the pudding so often. I should make it again….

  2. Doc
    February 1st, 2011 09:02

    You can take a picture of my extended belly if you want pics. 🙂

  3. Nana
    February 2nd, 2011 10:12

    That pudding was smelling reeely good as we were leaving y’all that night!