Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” I’ve said it probably a thousand times – maybe even a hundred thousand. “Comparison: it IS the thief of joy.”
Ever since I read these words from Theodore Roosevelt years ago, I’ve tried my best to keep them close at hand and at the forefront of my mind. We’re headed down the path of life and we divert our attention to someone else and immediately, we’re crippled. We see someone else better at it than we are. What is it? Well, it could be anything. Maybe they have a higher paying job, a bigger house, more expensive car, maybe they’re better at something than we are. The list goes on. We’re just bebopping along, perfectly content, until we’re distracted. Then it all goes downhill.

This Old Fashioned Banana Pudding is style of banana pudding my Mom and Gramma’s made. Made with a rich vanilla egg custard that’s layered with vanilla wafers and slices of bananas then topped with a billowy homemade meringue that’s like velvet on your tongue. The only difficult part about this vintage dessert is waiting for it to chill before eating.

Step away from the packaged stuff, it’s time to whip up Real Banana Pudding from scratch. At backyard barbecues or polished dinner parties, there’s never a bad time to bring out this comforting Southern treat. Smooth, creamy, and oh-so-decadent there are few better ways to finish any meal. “Some like it warm. Others prefer it like I do: nice and cold,” says cookbook author and recipe developer Rebecca Lang “The hardest part is waiting for it to fully chill.” The special ingredient that helps homemade banana pudding stand out from store-bought varieties? Old-fashioned meringue. This extra step elevates the simple dessert to Grandmother’s sideboard status. Bring this recipe to one family gathering and we think you’ll agree.

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