Microwave Banana Pudding
2/3 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk (skim, 1%, 2% or whole)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract (use vanilla bean paste if feeling extravagant)
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium bananas
1 recipe of shortbread or vanilla wafers.
First: Add sugar, egg yolks, flour, milk and salt to a blender or food processor bowl. Pulse 5 times until mixed well. Pour into 2-quart batter bowl. If desired, pour through a strainer into batter bowl.
Second: Microwave on HIGH 4-5 minutes. Stop and whisk well. MW for 2-3 more minutes stopping and whisking when pudding starts to rise up in bowl or at least once a minute. When mixture thickens enough to coat a spoon (see picture), remove from microwave and whisk till smooth.
Third: Allow pudding to cool a bit before adding butter and vanilla. Whisk well. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of cream and allow to cool to room temperature. If you are in a hurry, set bowl in sink of ice water for faster cooling.
- Cover bottom of 1 1/2 quart dish with thin layer of custard.
- Add layer of vanilla wafers or shortbread followed by layer of sliced bananas.
- Add 1/2 of remaining custard, followed by another layer of vanilla wafers and bananas.
- End with a layer of custard.
- Cover with plastic wrap placed in a way that it touches the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Chill at least 2 hours. Overnight is even better–especially if using vanilla wafers. Serve with whipped cream.
- If you try my shortbread recipe, (one of the best recipes on this blog) make it as written leaving off chocolate chips. When cool, crumble and layer in the same way as vanilla wafers.
- Because I keep only skim milk and heavy cream in my fridge, I sometimes put 2 tablespoons of heavy cream in a 2-cup measure and use skim milk for the rest to make it a touch richer but it’s certainly not necessary.
- I don’t normally use a sieve for this pudding because mixing in a blender before microwaving prevents lumps. However, if cream turns out a bit lumpy after it is cooked, push it through a coarse sieve before it cools.
- I also use this recipe to make banana cream pie, coconut cream pie and chocolate cream pie.
- Many people put meringue on top of their banana pudding but I’m a whipped cream girl. Suit yourself.