Quick and Sinful Caramelized Banana Pudding

by thestarvingartistfood

Whilst in the throes of death and plague last week, I found myself at the clinic numerous times for various ailments. On one of my trips I asked the PA what kinds of foods I should be eating, since my appetite was pretty much gone. One of the first things she mentioned was pudding….pudding… dear god I don’t even remember the last time I had pudding. That cool, smooth, creamy concoction straight from the refrigerated plastic tub. It was settled. I would go get my prescriptions filled, get my hands on some vitamins, and purchase some vanilla pudding. Yes, vanilla – chocolate just doesn’t do it for me. Go figure. I had very little energy on this day, so I only made it to two stores before giving up. Neither had cold, ready-made vanilla pudding. Only chocolate and tapioca… ew. God bless my roommate, she had gone out later to grab dinner and had checked at another grocery store – still nothing.

Later that evening I was feeling feisty (me, feisty? never ;)) and irritated that I still had no pudding. So, I started searching for recipes to make it on my own and found a very promising recipe involving egg yolks, whole milk, and a whole vanilla bean. Totally over the top, but I was in a mood, so I decided to do it. I assembled the pudding and though it was tasty, I was disappointed to see that after it chilled in the fridge, it reverted to a soupy liquid, not a thick, rich pudding that I so craved. As I contemplated this vanilla soup, I saw I had a bunch of almost-too-ripe bananas on the counter. If there’s one thing I like more than vanilla pudding, it’s banana pudding… hmmm.. So I decided to saute the bananas in butter and sugar and blend them into my vanilla pudding base. With just a little more corn starch and a heap of crushed nilla wafters, I had me a sinfully rich and decadent banana pudding. I tried this on three friends and the feeling was mutual – completely ridiculous.

But, I realized that while this was a good recipe, it wasn’t really starving artist practical. I mean come on, heavy cream, vanilla bean, four egg yolks…. sure, it was a fun and a good little project to have when you’re sick, but it’s not something you could throw together on a whim (or on a budget). And besides, I still needed vanilla pudding! At the advice of my mother, I sought out the Jell-O instant vanilla pudding mix, a mere $1.39 that requires only two cups of milk. So I whipped it together and was astonished at how fast it came together. Once chilled, it was everything I was wanting. And the best part? It can also be used to make a quick and sinful caramelized banana pudding for a fraction of the cost and time. And I don’t even miss the yolks or the vanilla bean. Even in sickness, the starving artist still thinks creatively yet practically… and then collapses.

Caramelized Banana Pudding (Recipe PDF)


Terri aka Mom June 22, 2012 - 11:29 am

You make me laugh honey!

Messmakesfood June 22, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Yum Yum Yum .. seems like the perfect pick me up during illness!

The Starving Artist June 22, 2012 - 4:58 pm

Yes! Really it’s the perfect anytime picke me up hehe

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