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It's always a really great time for something yummy and if you have some bananas and vanilla wafers in the house you are good to go!
A friend gave me this recipe in Virginia years ago. I have made it many times over the years. Most of the ingredients are regular pantry and refrigerator stuff . This recipe will make an 8 x 8 size so double it if you want a larger family size casserole size.
You will need 1 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup cornstarch, 3/4 tsp salt, 3 cups milk, 3 eggs separated, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 24 small vanilla wafers, 3 large ripe bananas.
In the top of a double boiler mix 2/3 cup of sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk. Put over boiling water and cook. Stir until thick. Cover and cook 10 minutes. Stir often and slowly add small amount to the egg yolks which were separated in a small bowl. Return the egg yolks to the double boiler and stir well about 2 minutes.
Pour this into a bowl once it is thick and add the vanilla. Put in the refrigerator to cool. Once it is cool, you can line the bottom of your pan with vanilla wafers and layer cut up bananas, and pour in the pudding making sure the bananas are covered with pudding. Remember, if you use warm pudding- the bananas will turn brown!
In another bowl, whip the egg whites with 1/3 cup sugar until they are stiff. Spread across the cooled pudding to the edges. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven until brown- about 5 minutes. Refrigerate for a while to allow the cookies to soften!
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