North Carolina Natives think of banana pudding as a dessert that is served everywhere. It was not until I received a request for the recipe from New York City many years ago that I began to realize that it is distinctive to this section of the country.
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons four
2 cups milk
6 tablespoons sugar
Blend 1/2 cup sugar, salt, and flour. Add 1 whole egg and 3 yolks and mix. Stir in milk. Cook over boiling water, stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat and cook.
In a baking dish, arrange a layer of whole vanilla wafers, a layer of sliced bananas, and a layer of custard. Continue, making 3 layers of each.
Make a meringue of the remaining 3 egg whites and 6 tablespoons sugar. Spread over banana mixture and brown in a 375-degree oven. Serve cold, not chilled. Makes 8 servings.