I’ve probably had, maybe 20 bananas my whole life. Whenever we get fruit smoothies, I always get mine without banana and I’ll never understand the appeal of strawberry-banana flavored candy. Blech. But something strange happens every once in awhile.. I’ll crave bananas. Maybe it’s a certain phase of the moon, or my body craving potassium, who knows?
This was one of those times. I decided to make banana pudding, with vanilla cookies. Would you believe it was hard to find a decent pudding recipe? I understand deadlines and soccer practice but really, some of these recipes were downright awful. Instant pudding here, sweetened condensed milk there… again, BLECH. (Oh, btw, I’m obsessed with instant pistachio pudding.. so I’m not hatin’ on the instant stuff, I’m just confused as to why there are so few homemade recipes out there in cyberspace.)
Then there’s my friend, Cooks Illustrated*. Since I’ve never made pudding before, I wanted to know how to really make it, and Cooks Illustrated had just that: a basic, real pudding. Once I got the general idea down, I messed with it a little (because we all know that I cant leave well enough alone.)
This pudding was a total win for me, the banana hater. I chopped up my bananas pretty fine, but the delicate banana flavor they developed in the creamy pudding was just right. This took me literally about 10 minutes to make, it was really easy and satisfying knowing that all my ingredients are easily pronounced and have no preservatives. I still don’t love bananas, but when that random craving strikes, I will happily look to this recipe.
*Cooks Illustrated doesn’t know me, and I don’t know them. I’m just a big fan of their magazine.