The meringue has a wonderful airiness and a little bit of a toasted flavor.
Many southerners will tell you a true banana pudding has a meringue on top. Banana puddings topped with whipped cream have gotten more and more poular, but it’s hard to beat an old-fashioned Banana Pudding topped with meringue. Since the banana pudding needs to be placed in the oven for the meringue to cook and brown, you have the opportunity to eat it warm. Now, I love a nice chilled bowl of banana pudding, but a warm bowl of anything is so comforting.
Tips for Making Banana Pudding with Meringue:
The homemade pudding is a simple mixture of sugar, flour, egg yolks, milk, and vanilla extract. It’s not at all hard to make, but it does require your attention. You don’t want to heat it too fast at first or the eggs will curdle. Also, make sure you use a saucepan with a thick bottom.
Be sure to stir and stir and stir some more. It will take about 10-15 minutes to get the pudding thick. You can take a few quick breaks during this time to grab something, but you pretty much want to stir constantly.
The only other step with a potential pitfall is making the meringue. It’s best if the egg whites are at room temperature. You can either let them sit on the counter for 30 to 60 minutes or place the eggs in warm water for a few minutes before separating them.
Beat the egg whites on low speed until they turn opaque, then you can beat them on high speed. Don’t start adding the sugar until the meringue thickens up some. To avoid a runny meringue, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form. They should be glossy and rigid when you lift the beaters. Once you get stiff peaks, stop beating. It will start to break down if you overbeat.
More Banana Pudding Recipes:
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Banana Pudding with Meringue
Layers of vanilla wafers, banana slices and homemade vanilla pudding are topped with a fluffy, light meringue. It's fantastically sweet and creamy.
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/4 cup all-purpose flour dash of salt 3 egg yolks 3 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon butter 60 Vanilla wafers 3 bananas, thinly sliced Meringue 3 egg whites 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar 6 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whisk together sugar, flour, and salt in a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom.
Add the egg yolks and 1 cup of milk. Whisk until smooth and then whisk in the remaining 2 cups of milk.
Place over medium heat and cook until it simmers and is thickened. This will take about 10 to 15 minutes. You want to stir it almost constantly during this time. It's ok to take a few quick 5 to 10 second breaks, but you don't want to go much longer than that.
Once thickened, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter.
Place a layer of Vanilla wafers in the bottom of a 2-quart baking dish. You want to use half of the vanilla wafers.
Arrange half of the banana slices over the Vanilla wafers.
Pour half of the pudding mixture over the bananas.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
To make the meringue, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar with an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add sugar and keep beating on high speed until stiff peak form. Mix in the vanilla extract.
Spread the meringue on top of banana pudding, being sure to completely cover the pudding layer. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown.
Serve warm or chilled.
For the meringue, use a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment.
Beat the egg whites at low speed until they become opaque and then you can switch to high speed.
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