Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

Sunday was a bittersweet day for me. Sweet because it was Matt’s birthday. Sad because, as I’m sure you’ve heard or read by now, popular radio DJ Kidd Kraddick passed away very suddenly.

assembling banana pudding

Kidd Kraddick hosted the nationally syndicated radio show “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning.” But since he was Dallas-based, I knew of him long before his show went national. He was a Dallas radio icon, simply part of our lives. Whether you were a rabid fan or just an occasional listener, no one hadn’t heard of him.

bowl of banana pudding

banana pudding - the classic

His morning show was hilarious. My fondest memory of it was when I was driving with I *think* my sister, and the show’s theme that day was why men can imitate electric/electronic noises and women cannot. So he would have a man call in, and then he would give them a noise to imitate, like machine guns. And the guy would give a respectable machine gun imitation. Then a woman caller would be on, and Kidd would say, “okay – machine gun. Go!” and the woman would try her best but pretty much all that came out was “duh-duh-duh-duh-sshhh-duh-duh-duh-juh-juh-juh-juh”. And this went on and on. Lawn mowers. Blenders. Chainsaws. At one point I started to fear driving the car into a ditch we were laughing so hard.

a bite of banana pudding

Kidd Kraddick not only brightened people’s commutes, he was extremely philanthropic. His charity Kidd’s Kids, did incredible work with terminally ill children and teenagers. His passing will leave a gaping hole in so many lives. My heart goes out to his daughter, his coworkers, friends and family.

bowl of Banana Pudding

I think some good old comfort food is called for today. Banana pudding is one of my childhood favorites. And just like Kidd Kraddick, it was something of a fixture for me while growing up. This is the best version I’ve ever tried. The pudding part is completely from scratch. It’s messy and delicious. Rest in peace, Kidd. Always loved, never forgotten.

Banana Pudding

{One year ago: Homemade Ranch Dressing}

Source: adapted from Tyler Florence Family Meal by Tyler Florence

2 cups half-and-half
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup flour
½ tsp salt
3 egg yolks
2 tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tbs plus ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 (12 oz.) box vanilla wafer cookies
3 ripe bananas, sliced ¼-inch thick

Make the pudding: combine the half-and-half and granulated sugar in a medium glass bowl. Set it over a small pot of simmering water. Whisk in the flour and salt until combined, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Whisk the egg yolks in a separate bowl. Gradually add half the half-and-half mixture, stirring constantly to temper the eggs so they don’t scramble. Now whisk the egg mixture back into the half-and-half mixture, pouring slowly. Place it back over the simmering water.
Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of a thin pudding, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and 2 tbs vanilla extract. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes. It will thicken as it cools.
Make the whipped topping: pour the cream into a clean bowl and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the remaining vanilla and the confectioners’ sugar. Beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form. Set aside in the refrigerator.
Assemble the pudding: line a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate with vanilla wafers. Top with half the banana slices and half of the cooled pudding. Make a second layer, starting with vanilla wafers, then the rest of the bananas, and the rest of the pudding. With a spatula, spread the whipped cream over the top and smooth it out. You can serve it immediately, but know that the pudding will be runny still. It tastes best if you let it sit overnight in the refrigerator first.

5 responses to “Banana Pudding

  1. I LOVE BANANAS! and pudding. This looks great!

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