Friday, November 4, 2011

The Best Hot Banana Pudding

My whole life I have loved banana pudding. Cold banana pudding. My mom on the other hand loves hot banana pudding. For many years we would go out to eat and that's what she would get. I could not get myself to try it because I just couldn't imagine it being any better than my wonderful cold banana pudding! Well, I was wrong! I made Paula Deen's recipe a couple of months ago and it is amazing! While it was really good, the pudding was too runny and so I made a couple of changes. Hope y'all enjoy!!!

For the pudding
3/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 1/2 cups milk
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ounces (1/2 stick) butter
3 medium bananas, sliced
1 (12-ounce box) vanilla wafers

For the meringue topping*
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar

Mix together sugar and cornstarch and slowly add milk. The recipe said to heat it in a double boiler, but I just cooked it in a regular saucepan on low heat until it comes to a small boil and thickens. If you do this be very careful because it will burn very easy! Make sure that you are stirring it constantly and don't leave it on the stove! You can ask my dad what happens when the recipe says that and you don't follow it! lol

Slightly beat the egg yolks and temper it with a small amount of the hot custard and stir well. Add egg mixture to custard pot and cook 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter. Let cool. Instead of a 9 by 9-inch baking dish I used a 13x9 dish, alternate pudding, bananas, and wafers, beginning with pudding and ending with pudding. Add topping, if desired.

For the meringue topping, if using:
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar until stiff peaks form, then spread onto top of pudding mixture. Bake until golden brown.

*Depending on the size of the dish you are using you may need to double the amount of meringue. As I said before, I didn't use a 9x9 inch dish and I doubled the recipe as a whole. I actually messed up and more like quadrupled the meringue! I was worried about what I was gonna do with all of the extra, but it all worked out great! That's why I said that you may need to alter the amount of the meringue.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My Name Is Shannon And I'm Addicted to Pinterest!

Who else loves Pinterest? I know I do! I am so addicted to this website it's not funny! I went on a cruise with my family a couple of weeks ago (more on that later), and it was hard not being to see how many repins I had!

If you have not heard of Pinterst you are missing out! It's a virtual pinboard that you can connect webpages to. Over the years I have found many recipes, techniques, and projects that it's been kinda hard for me to keep my computer organized. With Pinterest I can create as many boards as I want and sort of bookmark anything to the board. Does that make sense?

Something else that I really like about it is if something happens to my computer I won't loose all of my pins. Before, if my computer crashed *knock on wood* I would have lost all of my bookmarks, pictures I had saved, and files in general. With Pinterest, it all stays on the website!

There's so many things that I love about this website that I could keep going on and on about it! If you're new on there feel free to follow me, and I'll follow you back! There's so much to be found on there! I've already mentioned about recipes and such, but there are craft ideas, quotes, work out tips, home decor inspiration, etc. In order to join you have to be invited, but if you need one just let me know! Happy pinning!!!