Monday, June 9, 2014

Banana Pudding from Scratch





This was my first time making a banana pudding from scratch.  Actually it was the first time I ever made any kind of pudding that didn't come out of a box mix.  I made this for my son who loves anything banana flavored and he really liked this.  I found this recipe here on Allrecipes.com  I read thru a lot of the reviews first and noticed that some people had issues with it coming out thin and runny.  I made sure the pudding mixture became very thick before I removed it from the heat and it came out perfect.  I also added 4 bananas instead of just two like in the original recipe.  Super yum!

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Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafer cookies
Directions:
1.  In medium saucepan combine sugar, flour, and salt. Add eggs and stir well. Stir in milk, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly. When mixture begins to thicken, remove from heat and continue to stir, cooling slightly. Stir in vanilla and butter until smooth.
2.  Layer pudding with bananas and vanilla wafers in a serving dish. Sprinkle with crushed wafers, if desired.  Chill at least one hour in refrigerator before serving.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Strawberry Lemonade


This is a refreshing lemonade to make and serve on hot summer days.  It has a strong strawberry flavor and a more subtle lemonade flavor.  Perfect to make when strawberries are fresh in season.  After I make this I strain it thru a fine sieve strainer to get out all the seeds and pulp. Delicious!
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Ingredients:
1 quart water
1 cup sugar
4 large lemons, zest removed in long strips, lemons juiced
2 pints strawberries, tops removed 
Directions:
In a medium saucepan, combine 2 cups of water, sugar and lemon zest and bring to a simmer while stirring. Pour the syrup into a stainless steel or glass bowl, stir in the remaining 2 cups of water and lemon juice. Let cool.
Process the strawberries in a food processor or blender, stir into the lemonade and strain.