How to Make Creamy Banana Pudding

Rich and Creamy Banana Pudding Recipe Source: American Test Kitchen
Ingredients: Serve 12
7 slightly underripe large bananas
1 ½ cups (10 ½ ounces ) sugar
8 large egg yolks
6 tablespoons cornstarch
6 cups half and half
½ teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 (12 ounce) box vanilla wafers

1 cup heavy cream, chilled
1 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
How to Make Creamy Banana Pudding

FOR THE PUDDING: adjust oven rack to upper middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Place 3 unpeeled bananas on baking sheet and bake until skins are completely black, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk ½ cup sugar, egg yolks, and cornstarch together in medium bowl until smooth. Bring half and half, remaining 1 cup sugar, and salt to simmer over medium heat in large saucepan. Whisk ½ cup of half and half mixture into yolk mixture to temper. Slowly whisk tempered yolk mixture into half and half mixture in saucepan. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick and large bubbles appear at surface, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla.

Transfer pudding to food processor. Add warm peeled roasted bananas and 2 tablespoons lemon juice and process until smooth. Scrape into large bowl and place plastic wrap directly on surface of pudding. Refrigerate until slightly cool, about 45 minutes.
How to Make Creamy Banana Pudding

Cut remaining 4 bananas into ¼ inch slices and toss with remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, spoon one quarter of pudding into 3 quart trifle dish and top with layer of cookies, layer of sliced bananas, and another layer of cookies. Repeat twice, ending with pudding. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of pudding and refrigerate, at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
How to Make Creamy Banana Pudding

FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM: using stand mixer fitted with whisk, whip cream, sugar, and vanilla together on medium low speed until foamy, about 1 minutes. Increase speed to high and whip until soft peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. Top banana pudding with whipped cream and serve. End.

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