After reading the title of this post: “Caramelized B-A-N-A-N-A Pudding'” you’re probably thinking – that sounds delicious. If that is, in fact what you are thinking, then you are correct. Caramelized Banana Pudding was an idea I got on Thursday.
After multiple trips to various stores in Raleigh/Cary – I ended up with 10 bananas from Trader Joe’s (where bananas are ALWAYS $0.19 each – what a deal!) a box of vanilla wafers and an idea.. This idea transformed from banana bread to banana cake to Caramelized Banana Pudding.
I owe the caramelized banana trick to Katie; and it is genius. Simply microwave a banana until it is caramelized. It will start to turn a deep yellow/light brown and be absolutely full of flavor. You can add said caramelized banana to oatmeal, pudding, breads, or just eat it, because it is delicious. Even if you don’t like bananas, this trick is worth a try. Once you’ve tried this, then you know you want to try my Caramelized Banana Pudding.
Recipe adapted from here.
Caramelized Banana Pudding
5 bananas peeled
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 – 12 oz can evaporated milk
2 tbsp flour
3/4 cup water
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter
1. Slice one banana in half length-wise. Microwave halves for 2 minutes or until lightly caramelized. Using potato masher (or fork) mash caramelized banana until it reaches pudding consistency. Slice remaining bananas to desired thickness.
2. In double boiler (stack two pots together with water in the bottom one if you do not have a double boiler), combine caramelized banana, brown sugar, evaporated milk, flour, water, eggs, vanilla, salt and butter. Stir using whisk to incorporate the banana into the mixture. Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly until butter melts.
3. Lower heat and cook slowly, stirring constantly until pudding thickens and temperature reaches 160 (eyeball it if you do not have a thermometer). Remove from heat and pour into serving bowl/ cups. Layer dishes with pudding alternating layers of pudding, bananas and vanilla wafers.
4. Place in refrigerator and serve once chilled. Top with whipped cream or meringue if desired.