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No flour. No baking powder. No baking soda. Sugar but only in the form of packets.
You have just entered the twilight zone.
You’re actually in the studio I’m staying in for the month.
Such a place exists? you may ask. And my answer would be Sad, but true.
So what is a girl to do when she yearns to bake all day every day but has an empty kitchen smaller than her closet at home??
[Back story: I'm staying with a friend in NYC because I'm doing a rotation here for a month. She lives in a studio with a kitchen that actually has less than a square foot of provided counter space. I'm talking fridge, sink, stove. She installed a countertop that is on a hinge so you can fold it down when you don't want it which works because you can't really move when it's set up. It's tiny. So she doesn't cook. Or bake.]
I racked my brain for ideas on how I could get my fix. And I though PUDDING!
What a fantastic idea! I needed to buy a few ingredients, yes, but not nearly as many as if I were to make cookies, cupcakes, etc which were all first on my list.
So here I am with pudding. And oreos.
Because for some reason I’m obsessed with oreos these days. No lectures on how obscenely unhealthy they are for you please.
If you’ve ever had dirt pudding, it’s usually made with vanilla pudding, whipped topping, and oreos. I decided to make it a cinnamon pudding and add in some bananas to make it a little fancier. Can I tell you? This version of dirt pudding is delicious. The cinnamon pudding itself is unbelievable and could very well stand on its own but add it to some oreos, bananas, and whipped topping? Good gravy we have a winner!
If you’re low on flour, or even if you’re not, let me introduce you to my friend Cinnamon Banana Dirt Pudding. BEST friend, in fact.
adapted from Sweet World
2/3 c sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
3 cups milk (I used whole)
3 egg yolks
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together in a medium saucepan. Slowly whisk in the milk. Then add the yolks and cinnamon stick.
Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with whisk, approximately 7-8 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and cook, whisking constantly 1 to 2 minutes, until pudding is thick. Remove the pan from the stove.
Strain the pudding into a medium bowl. Add the cinnamon and whisk until the cinnamon is completely mixed in. Discard the cinnamon stick.
Leave the pudding on the counter for 30 minutes, until lukewarm then place in the refrigerator to completely cool down.
Cinnamon Banana Dirt Pudding
a smalltownoven original
1 recipe chilled Cinnamon Pudding (see above)
2-3 large bananas
1/2 tub Cool Whip
1 package oreos
Crush oreos in a plastic bag with a rolling pin, frying pan, etc. Set aside. Slice bananas however thickness desired. Set aside.
In a serving container (I used an 8×8 brownie pan because it’s all I could find) layer the oreos, pudding, whipped topping, and bananas. Continue layering with oreos, pudding, whipped topping, and finish with oreos, reserving a handful or two. I only did one layer of bananas. It’s up to you.
Chill for several hours before serving to allow oreos to soften. Just before serving, top with remaining crushed cookies for a little crunch.
Simple but delicious!