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Banana Pudding with Maple Pecans

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Banana PuddingBanana Pudding is a favorite southern dessert usually made with purchased vanilla wafers and vanilla pudding mix. Before I became the pastry chef at Tony’s, I worked briefly at the Hyatt Hotel which was a client of the bakery. I wanted to see how a big bakery department worked.

I remember making 10-gallon jars of Banana Pudding for a southern convention at the hotel. I was surrounded by cases of vanilla wafers, and pudding that was premade. After a while, I couldn’t even remember the order in which the jars were assembled because my mind was so numb.  I don’t think I looked at another banana for years. Continue reading

Vanilla Wafers and a Tale of Two Leavening Agents

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Vanilla WafersIf you read this recipe for Vanilla Wafers really early, please check again as some of the instructions have changed.  

In the States, we generally use baking powder or baking soda for chemical leavening agents. I used baking powder on my way to homemade vanilla wafers.  But something strange happened.

I made the first batch and they pretty much looked like vanilla wafers.  They were the right size, slightly rounded on top and uniform, everything a vanilla wafer should be.  But when I tasted one, it seemed a bit flat and not as crispy as the bought ones.  I suppose this is the time to tell you I love vanilla wafers.  Mostly just out of the box.  Mike does too so you might find them in my pantry from time to time. Continue reading