Don't drink the food kool-aid! I kid you not. Now, there is nothing wrong with avoiding processed foods, but downright lying? That's wrong, but I digress.
I was in search of a real old fashioned banana pudding recipe. I'm a nurse and did skilled home health (not companions or sitters or live in type, think visiting hospital nurse) for eons. I had one patient who made some old fashioned banana pudding that was so delicious it was absolutely startling.
|This 1935 ad offers up a recipe using bread.|
Wanting to make her happy, I took some and that first bite was like heaven on a fork, I kid you not. It was so delicious I could hardly believe it. I've had a lot of banana pudding in my years, but never one like hers. Ever. Unfortunately for me, I had a long list of patients that day as 2 nurses had called out do to road blocks from the storms. I did not have time to take down her recipe, this would haunt me for the rest of my life.
|In January of 1942, this recipe utilizes canned pumpkin, |
instead of fresh. Also, isn't it odd to find a Pumpkin Banana
Pudding, in January?
Lately we've had a lot of rain and storms and so as I often do, I thought of her. I'm a genealogist now that I'm retired, but I'm in early retirement, so don't think I'm a little old lady, PLEASE. ;) I have a subscription to Newspapers.com and at first I thought it was a silly business, until I began to see that it wasn't just awesome for genealogy, but for simply everything you can think of!
I can search for old recipes, see what the early Californians were eating, see what real southerners ate and true Yankee pot roast. I love it!
|This one steams in a mould. I know what a mould is and I |
know what steaming is, but I've never imagined steaming in
a mould. Apparently in 1930, you did.
In the 1930s, it looks as though people just cooked the custard in any 'ol pot. By the mid-1930's, they were saying to use double boilers, or scalded milk (which the earlier ones didn't call for), even though the recipes were rather similar.
Another change gave me a little insight into life during the war. By 1942, the recipes had shifted from using flour, milk and sugar to cornstarch, pre-packaged custard powder (pudding mixes today) and canned milk. One word is the cause of that change: R-A-T-I-O-N-S.
|Another one in 1942: prize winner, Mrs. Bishop|
substitutes cornstarch for the flour. Additionally,
she uses graham crackers instead of vanilla wafers.
Think of it this way. You're limited on how much flour, milk, sugar and eggs you can use, but if you by a can of something that has some of what you need, it doesn't count against your fresh rations. Pre-packaged custard powder isn't counted as flour. Canned milk isn't counted as fresh milk. You see how this is working out?
Foodies that write those blogs, I am convinced, are not really understanding the real history that you can see with your own eyes, if you research it. They claim their grandmothers didn't use processed foods, that's bunk, unless they were a small family of 2 or 3. The proof was right there for all to read. I'm sure they are a well meaning bunch, yes, but they're definitely misguided and as such are misleading.
So which recipe do I choose? They all sound so interesting! It makes me want to write book called 101 Way to Make Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding. LOL!
I think I'll go with one from the 30's. The pre-processed creamy, sweet, rich and super unhealthy kind. They sound amazing! I thought I'd share with you some of the recipes I found. Let us know what you'd like to try in the comments, or do you have a tried and true banana pudding recipe?
- Images graciously provided by Newspapers.com, and used by permission.