I know….you’ve already seen this post. The reason that I am republishing it, is because today, is the Dollar Store Challenge day. I’ll be heading over in a while to link up to the party. I sure hope y’all will follow me over…and see what all everyone made with their Dollar Store ingredients! I know I can’t wait to see!
Banana pudding has long been a favorite of mine. I have a problem with Nilla wafers after they’ve been in the pudding very long. I can’t stand the way they get soggy. This banana pudding & peanut butter wafers variation, kinda solved this problem!
When the “Dollar Store” challenge was put before us this month, the rules were that you needed to make something with two or three items from the Dollar Store. WOW…that kinda blew my mind. I fretted just a bit. When I initially went, I had my mind wrapped around a cake type project. But soon after getting to the store…my project began to evolve. I ran across some Nilla wafers. I had a thought of traditional banana pudding…but what would be the fun in that? THEN….it came to me…I found these Peanut Butter wafers…ANOTHER big ole favorite of mine. There it was. I would use them…instead of Nilla wafers. If they got soggy…it would just be peanut butter and chocolate.
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Flour
1/4 tsp Salt
2 Cups Milk
2 Eggs, separated (optional)
1 tsp Vanilla Flavor
Vanilla Wafers (Optional…I left them out)
6 Ripe Bananas Sliced
Combine sugar, flour and salt in the top of a double boiler, stir in milk. Cook over boiling water, stirring until thickened. Beat egg yolks and gradually stir into hot mixture. Return to double boiler, cook five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add vanilla. Line one quart casserole with vanilla wafers (if using) and top with sliced bananas. Pour portion of custard over bananas. Repeat, ending with custard on top.
Sprinkle with peanut butter wafers crumbled. I used one bar for the two wine glasses in the picture.
After some thought, I decided that I would make up my recipe…and then, just before serving the pudding, I would crumble the wafers over the top. So, If you want to make this variation, hold the wafers till you serve the recipe. I had some left over when I finished the photos…so I mixed it all into the pudding…and it’s wonderful, even after sitting in the pudding over night. I have to say…this experiment was a COMPLETE success.
Beat egg whites stiff but not dry. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar and beat until mixture forms stiff peaks. Pile on top of the pudding Bake in preheated oven at 425 degree for five minutes. Serve warm or chilled.
At first, it was gonna be just that…Banana Pudding and Peanut Butter Wafers…but with Valentines Day coming up, I just really couldn’t resist, putting a Sweetheart spin on it. So…why not serve it up on Valentine’s Day…with Wine glasses from the Dollar store. At a buck a piece…it couldn’t get any cheaper.
I love banana pudding this way!
I know…I posted this on Valentines week…because, mostly of the wine glasses. This is one of the reason’s it’s perfect for the Dollar Store Challenge this month. Even though the timing is off for Valentine’s Day now…who says it HAS to be for Valentine’s Day? It could just be a little added romance, You know…that’s in style any time of the year! 😉