Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Our Family Favorite Desserts

I think that we had Cherry Pie so often that I really, really do not like it very much anymore. But someone in our family must have liked it. I do not remember who that was. I always ate a piece (and still do), but it is not my favorite. But I could eat a bucket of Banana Pudding. It must have homemade vanilla pudding and Nabisco vanilla wafers with a dollop of real whipped cream on top. I know, I have Memaw's sweet tooth. I am so glad she loved to make sure we had dessert every single night for supper! Thanks, Mom!

Cherry Pie (Memaw's)

1 can unsweetened pie cherries
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
1 unbaked double pie crust

Combine cherries, sugar, flour, and butter in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until juice thickens a bit.
Pour into unbaked pie crust.
Top with remaining crust and bake at 375 degrees F until crust is golden brown and juice in pie is bubbly (about one hour).

Banana Pudding (Memaw's)

3 ripe bananas
1 small box of vanilla wafers
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash of salt

In a saucepan combine sugar, flour, and salt.
Stir in milk and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken.
Spoon a small amount of pudding mixture into beaten egg and blend well. Gradually blend egg mixture into pudding mixture. Stirring constantly, continue cooking for one minute.
Remove from heat. Add vanilla and let cool about 10 minutes.
Add a little milk, if pudding is too thick.

Line the bottom of a serving bowl with vanilla wafers.
Slice one banana over wafers.
Pour 1/3 of pudding over banana and wafers.
Continue to layer wafers, bananas, and pudding until all ingredients are used.
Put wafers around the sides of the pudding and sprinkle wafer crumbs over pudding.
Cool and serve with whipped topping or just plain.

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