Banana pudding with vanilla wafer crumble is one of the best desserts on the planet! One of the best parts of this dish is the cookie crumbs within the pudding. The toppings always stays crisp and provides contrast to the tender bite of the chopped bananas.
Serves 6 People
For the pudding:
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 3 tablespoons of banana liquor ( or 1 teaspoon of banana flavoring)
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 2 ripe bananas
For the crumble:
- 1 cup of vanilla wafers (15 cookies)
- 2 teaspoons of sugar
- 1/4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon of melted unsalted butter
How to prepare the pudding:
Whisk the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a medium sized bowl and put to the side. Boil the milk in a medium sized saucepan. Remove from the heat and whisk a little at a time into the egg mixture.
Once the bottom of the bowl is warm, slowly whisk in the remaining hot milk. Pour the mixture back into a clean medium saucepan. Add the banana liquor and whisk over a medium-low heat until it thickens, do this for about 2 minutes.
Cook while constantly whisking until the pudding is glossy and thick, for 1/2 to 2 minutes longer. Place the pudding into a clean bowl.
Next, add the vanilla and butter and gently whisk until the butter is completely melted and incorporated. Press a piece of plastic wrap onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for 4 hours.
Preparing the crumble:
As the pudding sets, heat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a parchment paper and place to the side. Place the wafers in a plastic bag and seal.
Use a rolling pin or a flat-bottomed saucepan to crush the vanilla wafers until they’re completely grounded. Take the cookies and transfer them to a small bowl and stir in the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Use a spoon to evenly stir in the melted butter.
Now transfer to the prepared baking sheet and toast in the oven until brown. After about 12 to 15 minutes remove from the oven and set aside to cool.