OK, so I don't really know who Tyler Florence is. I'm sure he's lovely, and many rave about his recipes, but I hardly know what he even looks like. Maybe it's because my cable days ended during the time Rachel Ray first began on Food Network? Regardless, I really like Tyler's father, "Big Papa" (nope. Haven't met him either). Why? Well, follow the family lineage here: Big Papa made a crazy good banana pudding each week for his church congregation-Tyler thought it so crazy good that he got the recipe from his Dad- the recipe was then shared in a Better Homes and Gardens issue and that's how I found it.
It's got a spectacular meringue topping to it. That sold it for me, but see what you think...
Gather up 3 ripe bananas and then head here for the recipe.
Field notes: I don't do the double boiler thing: I find that the multiple pans take up way too much space in my kitchen. Instead, I put a heat resistant bowl over a regular 'ol cast iron stock pot. Also, at the time we only had pretzels to create the crust with, but if I were to do it again I'd use some sort of vanilla cookie as the recipe suggests.