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What is the secret to a successful party for Labor Day weekend, or for any upcoming football game? It is the extra-large nine by thirteen homemade banana pudding. Traditional banana pudding rtecipes call for a square banana pudding baked in a nine by nine dish, but this is Texas and we've got a crowd to feed!
If this is too much, here is the Banana Pudding recipe for a nine by nine square baking dish.
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This Banana Pudding recipe requires a 9x13-inch baking dish and, therefore, will bring satisfaction and happiness to more people. Make this and take it to a potluck or cook-out. You'll be a star! If you've been lucky enough to enjoy our original recipe for Grandma's Banana Pudding, rest assured that this recipe is identical except for the ingredient proportions.
- 1-1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2-1/2 cups milk (whole or 2%, but whole is better)
- 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon butter (not margarine)
- 5 egg yolks (large eggs or better)
- 1 box of Vanilla wafers
- 5-6 ripe bananas
- 4 egg whites, at room temperature
- 5 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Line the bottom of a 9" x 13" baking dish with a layer of vanilla wafers. This recipe will use most of the box, so don't get carried away with snacking.
- Peel the bananas and slice into 3/8-inch rounds; use a ruler (I'm kidding). Cover the banana slices with plastic wrap to keep them from darkening and quickly make your pudding.
- Combine the sugar, flour and salt in a bowl, and stir well to mix. Mash out any flour lumps with the back of your spoon. Set aside.
- Do not turn on heat yet. In a heavy saucepan, beat the egg yolks well (just use a fork or whisk, but beat them well). Add the milk and vanilla extract. Gradually whisk the sugar/flour mixture into the pan, mixing well and continuing to mash any flour lumps against the side of the pan with the back of a spoon (at this point, I recommend the use of a medium-handled wooden spoon).
- Put the pan on a burner over medium heat. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a gentle boil and, when the mixture begins to thicken, add the butter, continuing to stir. There is a point right about here where lumps keep forming no matter how hard you are stirring, but do not despair. Just keep boiling and stirring until mixture reaches a nice, smooth, rather thick pudding consistency. [Note: If you're working with an electric cooktop, adjust the heat so that it's hot enough to boil, but not so hot that the pudding scorches.] Remove from heat.
- Pour, spreading as necessary, half of the pudding over the banana layer in the 9x13-inch dish. Put down another layer of vanilla wafers, another layer of banana slices, and cover with the remaining pudding.
- Beat the egg whites at high speed until they form soft peaks. Add the cream of tartar. At high speed, gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the vanilla into the meringue, and spread the meringue over the pudding, sealing it at the sides of the dish.
- Bake in a preheated 375°F oven until meringue browns, 12 to 15 minutes, depending upon your oven. Keep an eye on it.
Lone Star List
Here are 10 things that caught my eye this week!
- GQ: Houston Is the New Capital Of Southern Cool - We've been hearing the buzz for a few years now: Houston may, sneakily, be America's best food city.
- TM BBQ: How to Smoke a Brisket on a Weber Grill.
- Addie Broyles: Austin has 4 of the country's Top 10 grocery stores, according to Food and Wine! - ALSO: Loro's recipe for spicy, sweet green salsa.
- Typewriter Rodeo: Enchiladas - a poem! - When it's 100 degrees in the shade, most folks look for a cool drink or two. But if you're a Texan, you'll also want something to eat with that - something spicy and cheesy and delicious.
- D Magazine: Why Dallas is a Great Taco City
- Texas Book Festival has released their list of authors for October 27 & 28.
- Curbed Austin: Austin Central Library named one of 'World's Greatest Places' - Lake/Flato-Shepley Bulfinch building makes Time’s top 100.
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New Cookbooks We're Reading
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by Wyatt McSpadden [Great Pictures!]
- The Austin Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas
by Paula Forbes
Great Austin-style recipes here!
- BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts
by Stella Parks - "connects the dots between your childhood treats and digs into the storied pasts of American favorites, such as cream pies, vanilla wafers, peanut brittle and even Reese's Peanut Butter Cups." - Addie Broyles / Austin American-Statesman
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