Saturday, November 16, 2013

Caramelized Banana Pudding Recipe-Novemerber's Dessert Winner!

Amazingly delicious!  Very close call for the dessert winner, and it pulled out in front by one vote at the last minute.   The original recipe wanted these made individually, but knowing I wasn't going to be serving 8 people tonight and that I didn't' have room to store 8 things in the fridge I decided to make some drastic changes when it came to the directions.  Thank you all so much for voting!  Here is your winning dessert :)  Wish you all could enjoy it with me.

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup butter 
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
4 large ripe bananas (sliced)
1 cup granulated sugar  (divided)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
2 large eggs 
2 cups milk 
4 large eggs (separated)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
48 vanilla wafers 

Cook brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbly. Add bananas; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat.
Whisk together 3/4 cup granulated sugar, flour, eggs, milk and 4 egg yolks in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until a pudding-like thickness. (Mixture will just begin to bubble and will hold soft peaks when whisk is lifted.) Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
Spray butter non-stick cookin spray in a small oven proof pan (I used a meatloaf pan for the size).  Divide half of banana mixture, pudding, and wafers and put into the pan.  Layer with remaining banana mixture, pudding, and vanilla wafers.
Beat 4 egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 Tbsp. at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes). Spread meringue over the top of the pudding in pan.
Bake at 325° for 15 to 20 minutes or until meringue is golden. Let cool about 30 minutes and Enjoy!

Combine the butter, brown sugar & cinnamon in a skillet
Add the sugar, flour and eggs
Add the bananas and continue to cook the pudding
Turn off heat for bananas and finish up pudding
Add the banana mixture to the pan
Add the pudding mixture on top
Top with Vanilla wafers
Add egg whites to the blender
Blend until foamy
Add remaining sugar 1 Tbsp at a time until stiff peaks form
Pour the meringue on top of the wafers
Take out of the oven when the meringue is slightly browned and let cool
Serve & Enjoy!

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