Banana Pudding Parfait
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 Tb cornstarch
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 2 cups milk
- 2 large egg yolks slightly beaten
- 1 Tb butter softened
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 bananas
- 32 Nilla Wafers
- Whipped cream optional
In 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt; gradually stir in milk.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.
Allow to boil for 1 minute, while stirring continuously.
Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks, then stir back into hot mixture in saucepan.
Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in butter and vanilla.
Pour pudding into medium-sized bowl. Cover with plastic wrap (making sure it is flat against the pudding) and refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled.
Cut bananas into 1/2″ rounds; cut each round in half to create half circles.
Place wafers in plastic bag, and break into smaller pieces. (Some should be crumb sized and some should be bigger)
Place a layer of banana slices in the bottom of 4 parfait glasses.
Top each with an eighth of the pudding.
Sprinkle with an eighth of the wafer crumbs.
Repeat with layers of bananas, pudding, and wafer crumbs.
Serve with a topping of whipped cream, if desired.
When I originally started blogging (12 YEARS AGO!!), I initially named this blog Tasty Thoughts. However, that URL was only available as a .info website. So, after a couple years with the .com still not available, I switched to Think Tasty, which had a similar feel- that basically I like to think about food. It occurred to me just the other day; I always have been thinking about food.
I was in Florida a couple weeks ago and spent a day with my parents. My dad was telling a story about a friend of his named Skip. As he passed away ages ago, my husband didn’t know him, so we were telling stories. One of these stories was about his wedding when I was about the age of seven. Skip and his bride-to-be, Patty, came to visit us in Nevada and to get married in Reno.
It was a small, city hall wedding with a reception at our house. What do I remember the most from that day? Their cake. And that I was disappointed. Patty had not had a real wedding previously, so our neighbor baked a wedding cake for her big day. How sweet! Except for me. I was imagining real wedding cake, like my parents sometimes brought home from a reception in a box.
I was so sad when I discovered that it was a banana cake. As a little kid, I was crushed. I was hoping for that subtly almond flavored cake with buttercream frosting and instead got banana cake with who knows what frosting. Yes, for me, the day was a loss. I know I was happy to see both of them, but the food? There might as well have been no dessert.
Since that day (and even before then), I’ve spent time thinking about food. A lot of time. I have thought about treats to make for friends and family. Once I had my own family, I thought about food to make for birthday parties and holidays. I think about what new ingredients I want to try and what old ingredients I want to use differently.
And of course, at the end of all that thinking I want it to be tasty. So, yeah, Think Tasty is about the best name this blog could be.