Banana Butter Rum Pudding

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Snow came Tuesday. It always does. I shouldn’t have been surprised. But, somehow, as we were padding our way barefoot across the driveway on Monday night to gather the mailman’s offerings, I thought Old Man Winter may have forgotten Colorado. It seemed Mother Sunshine had found favor with us, kissing away the white flakes of a new season.

Alas, it came. First, pin-sized specks of ice. Then soft, swirling flakes. Snow fell from the sky and I said, “Oh, boy. Here we go.” And my little Alyssa said, “Wow! It’s wonderful!”

Mesmerized by her commitment to the snow globe magic, my heart softened. How can snow be bad when it causes such wide-eyed amazement in this little girl I love? She asked if she could don her boots. I said yes. She ran to the backyard and stomped circular mazes in the sparkling layer that had laid itself upon our grass.

I stood at the window and watched. I stood at the window and smiled. I stood at the window and fell in love with the snow. Which wasn’t much of a leap, considering how much I adore the little girl running through it.

Welcome Winter. We’ve been waiting.

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Banana Butter Rum Pudding

Banana pudding is the ultimate comfort food. Soft, warm, and slightly sweet, it's easy to whip up and absolutely delicious. This is a pretty standard recipe for homemade banana pudding, with the addition of brown sugar and rum flavoring for a touch of added flavor. If you happen to have heavy cream in your fridge, beat it up. There's something about the flavor of fresh cream that so beautifully complements this dessert, as opposed to that whipped topping stuff. Likewise, very ripe bananas (even if you're not much of a fan. I'm not. I like my banana's almost green) add such a beautiful flavor to the final dish, so make sure you use 'em!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
3 cups milk
2/3 cup light brown sugar
3 egg yolks
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon rum flavoring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Nilla wafers
3 ripe banana's

Directions:

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat, then whisk in the flour until a thick paste forms. Slowly whisk in the milk. Add the brown sugar, and yolks, whisking until smooth. Continue whisking over medium heat until thickened. Once thickened, remove from heat and whisk in salt, rum flavoring, and vanilla. Serve warm or cold with Nilla wafers and sliced bananas. Top with fresh whipped cream, if desired.

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14 Responses to “Banana Butter Rum Pudding”

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    Mayzie on November 11, 2010 at 9:28 am Reply

    Brooke! You know about Cliff's love affair with all things banana – he's not gonna be happy when be finds out you've kept this from him. ; ) Hopefully he doesn't find out, otherwise I might have to make it for him.

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    Bonnie on November 11, 2010 at 9:30 am Reply

    I love home made rice pudding-with raisins. Hands down it's my favorite. This pudding might give my rice one a run for it's money though. I'm with you on the green bananas.

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    Shaina on November 11, 2010 at 11:32 am Reply

    What a classic throwback dish. I can't even remember the last time I had a decent banana pudding with Nilla wafers. Plus, yours is gorgeous.

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    Sarah Jane on November 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm Reply

    If it's a sweet comfort food, my mom's homemade gingerbread = perfect comfort food. Especially when served warm with a glass of mulled cider.

    Banana pudding though, conjures up a week at summer camp in which every meal included banana pudding and spam in some way, shape or form. I haven't been able to eat banana pudding since!

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    Sue on November 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm Reply

    I love banana pudding! It's a comfort food for sure! Yours looks so appealing:)

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    mangiabella on November 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Rum?? I'm in.

    ahhh, at last the snow has arrived….lucky you! Don't think we'll see much in Albuquerque, makes me miss Taos that much more this time of year.

    comfort food for me is pasta. meat-a-balls. sauce that's been cookin' all day. then enchiladas. stuffed with a few cheeses, smothered in red chile. egg on top. fried potatoes on the side. yesssss.

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    ♥peachkins♥ on November 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm Reply

    wow! Cheesecake is my comfort food!

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    Anonymous on November 11, 2010 at 6:41 pm Reply

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    Creative Cupcake Recipes on November 11, 2010 at 7:56 pm Reply

    What a delicious looking banana pudding. A great alternative to the Babana Forster Hagendaz I have been eating lately. Defiunitely will try it. Thanks.

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    smalltownoven on November 12, 2010 at 6:07 pm Reply

    This looks so so good! My favorite comfort food is rice pudding. My family sits around the kitchen table and talks the afternoon away until nearly all of it is gone!

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    a. maren on November 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm Reply

    this looks so lovely. you're right, banana is such a comforting flavor. so full, but so healthy and bright, too.

    my favorite comfort food is homemade mac and cheese with lots of salt and bread crumbs mm!

    http://www.icyviolets.blogspot.com

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    Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie on November 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm Reply

    Almost anything with bananas is comforting. This morning I made my baked Pain Perdu (French toast). While it was in the oven I remembered I used the last of the maple syrup last weekend on my Pumpkin Pancakes. What to do?

    I made a very quick caramel and cut up a banana and dumped it together in the small saucepan.

    Voila! Pain Perdu: Bananas Foster (I'll post it soon)

    As for snow – it's still magical for me. I'm still excited to see it. But that's probably because here in Las Vegas we look at it afar in the mountains that ring the valley. It's very rarely in the city.

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    Jenn on November 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm Reply

    I love your photo! I have all of these ingredients, so I might just have to make this tomorrow! Banana Cream Pie is my absolute favorite pie.

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