Bananas are a very controversial subject in our house. If you want to engage in a lively discussion, just bring up bananas. No one straddles the fence on the subject. There are two decisive camps: the banana lovers and the banana haters. I'm in the camp of the banana lovers. One of the reasons I love bananas is because of Grandmother Rebecca's banana pudding.
Here are the ingredients for Grandmother Rebecca's Banana Pudding:
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
18 to 24 vanilla wafers
2 medium bananas
Combine the sugar, cornstarch and water in a heavy saucepan; mix well. (Grandmother Rebecca used an iron skillet and I find this works well).
Beat egg yolks, add milk; mix well. Gradually add milk mixture to cornstarch mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Boil one minute, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool slightly (I make the meringue while the mixture is cooling).
Begin with a layer of vanilla wafers then bananas and pudding. Top with meringue and bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
The good thing about having bananas being a controversial issue: more banana pudding for me.
In memory of Grandmother Rebecca I stitched a mourning sampler. I used a Barrick Sampler design called Mary's Wreath. The mourning sampler is stitched on Birds of a Feather linen and was stitched with Needlepoint Inc silks. This is one of my favorite pieces of needlework. Grandmother Rebecca was a survivor and when I am feeling wimpy, I think about her life and pull on the big girl panties.