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I love pudding, there’s something wonderful and youthful about it.  It’s soft, silky and just feels fun in your mouth.  (Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about pudding here!)  Pudding is not only a relatively healthy dessert, but super-simple to make.  Once you get the basics down you can make any number of desserts, from trifles to parfaits to creme pies!  It’s a very valuable skill to master; and, if you have a fine mesh strainer, it’s almost fool-proof.

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Banana Pudding

Makes 4-6 servings – cost approx $.33 per serving

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs ($.28)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 2/3 cups milk, half and half, or cream ($.75)
  • 1 tsp banana extract
  • 2 bananas ($.38)

Begin by whisking together the eggs, sugar and cornstarch in a small pot.  Whisk in the dairy of your choosing and put the pot over medium heat.  Stir the pot frequently, and in 5-10 minutes (depending on the level of heat) the pudding will thicken up in a hurry.  When it gets thick, remove it from the heat and whisk in the banana extract.

While the pudding is still hot, pass it through a fine meshed strainer to get out any lumps.  Cut up the bananas and layer them up with the pudding, either in one big bowl or in individual bowls.  End with a layer of pudding covering all the bananas, so that they don’t turn brown.  Pop the pudding into the fridge and try as hard as you can to wait until it’s fully cooled.  🙂

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