HOUSTON – If you’re looking for the perfect cool and creamy dessert for summer, you’re in luck. Former contestant on Food Network’s “Chopped” and current owner of Finn Hall’s Craft Burger Shannen Tune is taking a brief break from the grill to share his family’s famous recipe for banana pudding with a little help from his mom, Kay Tune.
“Most people cheat,” says Shannen. “They use a banana instant pudding mix.”
As Shannen says this, Kay shakes her head in disapproval in the background.
“Mine is best,” says Kay.
Though the recipe is a cherished family favorite passed down from Kay’s mother to her and now to her son Shannen, there is a funny fact that applies to many members of the family that some may find surprising.
“I think this goes for all of us in our house - we don’t like bananas,” said Shannen. “But we love banana pudding.”
While assembling the paper thin banana slices, Kay nods in agreement.
“It’s not about the bananas. It’s just the flavor,” says Kay.
Whether you’re a fan of the fruit or not, you’re sure to go bananas for this pudding. Try the recipe below. For the full interview, watch the video above.
- 1.5 cups of granulated sugar
- 1/3 c all-purpose flour
- 2 cans of evaporated milk (12 oz.)
- 3 eggs
- 2 boxes of Nilla Wafers
- 2 - 3 ripe bananas
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 tbsp. of vanilla extract
- Fill a large pan halfway with hot water and place on medium heat to create water bath
- In a separate saucepan, combine sugar, flour and evaporated milk
- Whisk over saucepan mixture over medium heat
- In a large mixing bowl, crack 3 eggs and stir
- Pour a small amount of sauce pan mixture into mixing bowl with eggs and stir
- Pour egg mixture into saucepan and whisk until combined
- Place saucepan in water bath and whisk continuously for 14 - 20 min. until it thickens
- Add water to water bath as needed
- Once mixture thickens, add butter and vanilla; whisk until combined
- Remove mixture from heat and let chill for 20 min.
- In a baking dish, place an even layer of Nilla Wafers, with the flat side facing up
- Place a second even layer of thinly sliced bananas
- Place a third even layer of Nilla Wafers, the the round side facing up
- Place a fourth even layer of thinly slice bananas
- Repeat steps 11 - 14 until it reaches 1/4 in. from top of baking dish
- Pour pudding mixture over cookies and chill overnight
- Serve & enjoy!
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This is only half of the 200 meals we had the honor of preparing for the staff at LBJ General Hospital. Super big thanks to @feedthefrontlinehouston for sponsoring these meals. They are feeding front line workers and supporting black owned businesses. We appreciate all the support. #SUPPORTSMALLBUSINESS #eatlocal #farmtoburger #houston #burgers #houstonstrong #blackownedrestaurants #blackownedbusiness
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Shannen and the Craft Burger team have been giving back to the community in a big way. They’ve teamed up with other Finn Hall restaurants to help feed hard working medical professionals through the campaign Finn Hall Feeds the Frontlines. So far, they have provided 1,400 meals to healthcare workers.