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Original Banana Pudding

Servings: 8
Developed by Nabisco, this recipe is still on the back of Nabisco Nilla Wafers boxes.

If desired, this wonderful banana pudding may be topped with whipped cream or non-dairy whipped topping instead of the meringue stated in the recipe. No matter which way you choose to top it, either way this pudding is a very "comforting" and traditional southern style dessert.

3/4 cup sugar, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
Dash salt
3 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
45 NILLA® Wafers, divided
5 ripe bananas, sliced (about 3-1/2 cups), divided
Additional NILLA® Wafers and banana slices, for garnish

1. Mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour and salt in top of double boiler. Blend in 3 egg yolks and milk. Cook, uncovered, over boiling water, stirring constantly for 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

2. Reserve 10 wafers for garnish. Spread small amount of custard on bottom of 1-1/2-quart casserole; cover with layer of wafers and layer of sliced bananas. Pour about 1/3 of custard over bananas. Continue to layer wafers, bananas and custard to make a total of 3 layers of each, ending with custard.

3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Spoon on top of pudding, spreading evenly to cover entire surface and sealing well to edges.

4. Bake at 350°F (180°C) in top half of oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Cool slightly or refrigerate. Garnish with additional wafers and banana slices just before serving.

Tip: Dip the sliced bananas in a little lemon juice. This will keep the bananas from turning brown.

Makes 8 servings.

Source: Kraft Foods
Date: February 21, 2004