Rice pudding, or “rijstepap” as it is known in Dutch, holds a special place in my heart. It was a comforting treat that my mother would whip up whenever there was leftover rice from a previous meal. The simple act of transforming something ordinary into something extraordinary made it all the more magical. Years have passed since those days, but the taste of my mother’s rice pudding lingers on my palate and in my heart. It serves as a reminder of the simple pleasures in life and the power of food to connect us to our past. The tradition lives on, as I now make rice pudding for my own loved ones, hoping to recreate the same sense of warmth and comfort that my mother gifted to me.
Food historians trace the history of bread pudding to the early 11th and 12th centuries, as frugal cooks looked for ways to use stale, leftover bread instead of letting it go to waste. In 13th century England, bread pudding was known as “poor man’s pudding,” as it was a popular dish with the lower classes. While bread pudding is still a way to use up leftover bread, it has gained a reputation as a comfort food and is a featured dessert item in trendy establishments, having shed its humble roots.
This is not the kind of banana pudding out of a box. I got that one to, Not yo Mama’s Banana Pudding 😉 Believe me they are both good. If you feel the need to make it the old fashioned way then here you got one of the originals.
Banana pudding has a long history dating back to the 19 century, there isn’t much information available. What I did find is that bananas began to be marketed in the United States around the 19th century. Cooks were fascinated by this exotic fruit and began using them in existing recipes of cooked puddings and baked custards topped with meringue. A 1902 cookbook contains recipes for fried bananas, baked bananas, banana pudding, and banana cake in a section called Hawaiian recipes.
In 1901 Nabisco began marketing vanilla wafers. No one seems to know which cook was the first to line the pudding dish with vanilla wafers but it caught on quickly, especially after Nabisco began printing the recipe on their vanilla wafer package. Banana pudding is a dessert common in the Southern United States.
I personally do not care for the vanilla wafers so I use chessman cookies.