Traditional banana pudding recipes have been around for years. It first originated in the early 1900′s without using Nilla wafers. Thankfully, someone along the way decided to add Nilla wafers and the results were splendid. The intense vanilla cookie accompany layers of homemade pudding and sliced ripe bananas that is set to chill to soften the cookies. In the June 2014 Bon Appetit magazine, I spotted a recipe for banana pudding that swaps out the classic whipped cream topping for toasted meringue. I thought this was a refreshing updated version and I wanted to try it. The results were fabulously delicious! I will continue to make it this way especially in the Summer. Thanks Bon Appetit for another great recipe to add to my collection.
If you have a kitchen torch, you can toast the meringue in seconds. If not, use your oven as indicated in recipe directions below.
layer upon layer of delicious homemade vanilla pudding, Nilla wafers and bananas. Make sure you use ripe bananas for superior flavor. If you are short on time, you may use boxed vanilla pudding but scratch made is always better. This recipe only takes 8 minutes to make a fabulous pudding that is smooth and delicious.
After chilling the dessert for an hour or so, it’s ready for you to dig in. The Nilla wafers will be soft ( like cake) and compliments the bananas and pudding amazingly well. Each bite is pure delight.
Don’t be fooled. I had two helpings. This plate is way too small for a large portion and I gobbled it up in seconds. It’s so darn good!
Banana Pudding with Toasted Meringue
Banana Pudding with Toasted Meringue
a delicious pudding trifle layered with scratch made vanilla custard, bananas and vanilla wafers and topped with fresh whipped meringue lightly toasted in oven.
Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Whisk together sugar mixture, 4 egg yolks and milk in a medium-size heavy saucepan until well blended. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until pudding is thickened. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla and whisk until butter is melted and mixture is smooth.
In an 8 inch or 2 quart baking dish, add a little pudding to the bottom (about 1/2 cup or so). Add nilla wafers on top of pudding. Do not overlap. Then add half sliced bananas and more pudding (about 1 cup or so to cover cookies). Repeat with more nilla wafers and bananas and end with pudding. Set aside and make meringue.
Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, beating until sugar dissolves and stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pudding, sealing just about to edge of dish.
4. Bake at 375° for 7 to 10 minutes or until golden. Alternately, you may use a kitchen torch to toast the meringue. Let chill an additional hour or so, and serve very cold.
The smell of molasses cookies baking in the oven can be unharmonious to the sights, sounds and scents of Summer. It’s mid July and my house had the warm, comforting scent of cinnamon and sugar with a hint of warm molasses permeating through the thick humid air. It smelled just like Christmas. I’m a Christmas fanatic so for me, this is a real treat. The Christmas in July thing is my thing. My one thing that I let myself get into. Each year I want to sing and dance to the tune of “rocking around the Christmas tree” all while wearing flip flops, sweating in the Summer heat and dreaming of a white Christmas. My kids don’t understand the appeal. They think it’s weird and just want to go to the pool. It’s hot and I don’t do hot very well! Escaping to the bliss of the Holiday season during this yucky heat is pure heaven to me. And so are these delicious molasses cookies. A soft and fragrant cookie with a chewy bite that has the perfect blend of cinnamon, ginger, sugar and cloves that keeps you coming back for more. They are a breath of fresh air to enjoy in the Summertime. Merry Christmas in July my friends!
This recipe is from the Betty Crocker website. There are a lot of times I will tweak a recipe to make it my own, but this time it was too spot on to adjust anything. The spices are a perfect blend of cinnamon and cloves with a touch of molasses (anymore and it would be a gingerbread cookie) and the texture is incredible thanks to using crisco instead of butter. Crisco keeps the cookie moist and chewy and helps keep the fabulous round cookie shape. Use a cookie scoop to turnout perfectly round shaped cookies every time.
soft on the outside and chewy and decadent on the inside. It’s hard to eat just one.
The molasses cookies will let you know when they are ready to be pulled from the oven. When the crinkles set in and the spicy fragrance hits you.
Bake a batch and see for yourself how divine they are. I bet you’ll have a new favorite cookie in your household.
A spicy chewy cookie made with molasses for a rich flavor perfect for the Holidays.
There is nothing better on a hot Summer day than to sit outdoors and enjoy a glass of ice cold Southern Sweet Tea. It’s considered the “house wine of the South” and for good reason. It’s pretty darn delicious! If you are a tea lover and never had a batch of sweet tea, you’ve been missing out. Hop on board and make a batch of this antioxidant drink that can be considered a healthful and beneficial beverage when made with agave nectar. Simply swap out the sugar for agave nectar as indicated in the recipe and you have a detox sip that not only tastes amazing, but is good for your body too. I relish in old Southern recipes with a new age twist so this time I made a batch of my usual Southern Sweet Tea ( I use real sugar) and immersed a handful of fresh homegrown basil from my garden to marry with the tea. It only takes a little bit of time to really taste the benefit of adding herbs to your tea. It gives a complimentary hint of fresh herb flavor that is subtle and delightful. The scent and tartness of the lemons is a must for this sweet tea as it adds a slight lip puckering essence that screams summer.
I found these mason jar glasses HERE and I have also seen varieties at Walmart. This old Southern tradition of sipping a beverage from a mason jar dates back to the early 1900′s.
Southerners have a sweet tooth. After all, they did invent both coke and pepsi. If you don’t share the same sweet tooth, you can adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe to suit your taste buds. You can also add honey in place of the sugar or agave nectar.
Cool and refreshing!
Don’t mind if I sip on a glass of my own….
Or down the entire pitcher myself!
Southern Sweet Tea with Basil
Southern Sweet Tea with Basil
a southern ice cold sweet tea with basil and lemons. Great to cool off with on a hot summer day.
Whether you are looking for a quick bread for breakfast or a sweet snack bursting with blueberry citrus flavor, this easy to make blueberry orange juice bread will suit your taste buds just fine. The moistness is incredible thanks to the addition of greek yogurt and tangy orange juice. Each bite is bursting with fresh, plump blueberries and tastes like dessert when dusted with a touch of powdered sugar. I made this for my kiddos this morning and it was gone in seconds. I bet the Hubs thinks he’s missing out because he is after all, my favorite taste tester. But not to worry, because this bread can be whipped up in less than an hour so I’ll have a loaf waiting and ready for him when he comes home.
I added less blueberries than I would have liked for this smashing loaf of goodness. Someone (kiddos) got into my blueberries this morning. Grrr!!! There is something to be said for little ones home all day while you are trying to work. Love them to pieces but a food blog and Summer with a house full of kids doesn’t always mix.
Nevertheless, they gobbled up the blueberry orange juice bread with honest feedback and instructions to produce more in a hurry. They wanted thirds.
Another trip to the store for more blueberries is on the agenda for today.
A dusting of powdered sugar is all the loaf needs but feel free to drizzle with warmed canned vanilla frosting or by making a sugar glaze. Anything would suit this breakfast treat just fine or even nothing at all. It’s that good.
Blueberries are plump and juicy and always my favorite berry to bake with. The deep blue and purple hue it turns into means it’s natural sugars have baked into a sweet treat that’s hard to resist.
Blueberry Orange Juice Bread
Blueberry Orange Juice Bread
a moist quick bread bursting with blueberries and made with orange juice and greek yogurt for added moistness and flavor.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with baking spray.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and granulated sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, vanilla, yogurt, and orange juice. In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients. Stir in blueberries to coat evenly. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold batter until combined. Pour batter into pan. Batter should be no more than 3/4 full or it will overflow.
Bake 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar.
This 4th of July roundup has a little something for everyone. Whether you are planning a big Patriotic bash or just hanging around the pool with your family, these treats will sooth your sweet tooth as you celebrate our glorious country and the men and women who gave us our freedom. These easy recipes come with simple directions so you can turnout a spectacular dessert that is not only delicious but picture worthy too. I think I will be making the blueberry pie since I like rustic, scratch made desserts to share. Try your hand at making cake pops, a star spangled pie, brownies, parfaits, cheesecake mini’s or even a berrylicious tart. Drop me a line and tell me which dessert you featured at your 4th of July celebration. Celebrate safely ( I am not a fan of fireworks) and eat lots of sweets! Happy 4th of July my friends!