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So this weekend, JP was away with his grandparents, leaving me and Kevin to ourselves. We actually had tickets to go see a live show with 2 incredibly talented indie musicians called the milk carton kids. It was nice to get out and spend some time alone! #TEArifficPairs
Before we left, we had some nice “peace and quiet” time, as I like to call it on our back patio. Peace and quiet time means that JP is either visiting grandparents or at school, so we decided to take advantage of our time together. Nothing hits the spot more than a big cold glass of fresh brewed iced tea over ice with a big helping of banana pudding.
When I first moved to Texas, I had no idea what banana pudding was having never seen it served before. I also had no idea that there was a distinct difference between BBQ and backyard grilling – but that’s a whole other blog post. I thought that banana pudding had a lot of similarity to tiramisu – which I was familiar with! Layered cookies in a creamy filling? Yes please!
I spotted my Lipton fresh brewed iced teabags in their bright yellow packaging from Walmart in the coffee and tea section.
So as any foreign wife would do for her Texan husband, I made us some fresh brewed sweet tea using Lipton’s family size teabags. I boiled some water, submerged a large tea bag and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Added some sugar.. and some more water… and let it cool!
So while the iced tea chilled down, I set to work making banana pudding. I started with a basic vanilla pudding with sugar, cornstarch and milk. Using a double boiler (or in my case, a metal bowl on top of pot of boiling water) I brought the mixture to a gentle boil and stirred constantly until it thickened.
I had 4 egg yolks ready to go, but first I tempered the eggs so they wouldn’t scramble if they were dumped into the double boiler.
Then I returned the egg mixture to the double boiler pan and kept stirring. Once it had a nice consistency, I removed it from the heat, and let it cool.
Next, I whipped up some cream using liquid cream and about 1/2 cup of sugar. Be careful not to whip too much – soft peaks is what you’re going for.
Once the vanilla pudding was completely cooled off, I folded in about 1/3 of it into the whipped cream. I used mason jars as my serving dish of choice because it’s easy to put the lid on it and transport it for picnics etc..
I thinly sliced a banana and prepared my vanilla wafers for layering. I was ready to assemble! I placed 2 or 3 tablespoons of vanilla pudding in the jar and topped it off with vanilla cookies. I sliced mine in half so I could get it more evenly placed. I put some banana slices and a couple of tablespoons of whipped cream mixture on top of that. Keep layering in this order until you fill the jar completely.
Chill a for a few hours, so the moisture sets into the wafers soften up – unless you like the crunch of them!
This had to be the most relaxing part of of weekend! Wanna try my banana pudding recipe? See the recipe below & enjoy! #CollectiveBias
- 3 cups of milk
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar (in two ½ cup portions)
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups of whipping cream
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 box of vanilla wafers
- 2 or 3 bananas
- Mix together the sugar and cornstarch until all the lumps are smooth. Over a double boiler, add the milk into the sugar mixture and bring to a boil until it thickens. Slightly beat the egg yolks and add ½ cup of the thickened mixture to temper it, so the eggs don't scramble as soon as you add it to the pot. Keep stirring and add in the egg mixture, cook for another couple of minutes. Once it reaches the desired consistency, remove it from the heat and let it cool.
- With a mixer, beat the whipping cream with ½ cup of sugar until you get soft peaks. Once the vanilla pudding cools off, fold in about ⅓ of it into the whipped cream. Start by adding a layer of pudding in your serving cup, top with the wafers and sliced bananas and add the whipped cream mixture on top. Add more wafers and bananas and continue layering until you reach the top of the serving cup. Chill for 2 hours and serve. Enjoy!
Check out this video for a great Iced-Tea making tutorial!