Go bananas

Story by Lane Holman. Photo by Jenni Girtman

There are worse places to kill several hours than Community Q BBQ, as we detected when we sealed my keys in a automobile in a parking lot. we was already a fan of “The Q” as a comfy place for hazed barbecue, collards and decadent mac ‘n’ cheese.

While watchful for AAA to come to my rescue, we detected a new favorite thing: their banana pudding. This was a disturb — despite a modest, comforting one — since it tastes accurately like banana pudding should. It’s done with genuine custard — eggs, milk, sugarine — rather than blurb pudding mix, that is mostly a norm.

Banana pudding is one of those dishes that seems to have always been around, as both a Southern dessert tack and a comfort food mainstay. Home cooks all around a South, including Atlanta, went insane for it in a early 1920s when recipes featuring mass-produced vanilla wafers started appearing. Before then, a pudding was a fiddlier prolongation involving slices of cake or handcrafted cookies. The Atlanta Women’s Club Cookbook of 1921 offering a recipe job for two boxes. Once a recipe for a pudding seemed on a side of Nabisco’s Vanilla Wafers in a 1940s, a dessert became ubiquitous.

Community Q upholds a strange tradition, portion a elementary pudding but commanding in Styrofoam bowls. The pudding is poured in and fabricated while still warm, afterwards cooled down in a refrigerator. When we ladle it adult and move it toward your mouth, a vanilla-banana redolence wafts in. The hardness is thick and cooling, with a abounding milkiness that maintains a hardness for a few seconds before it starts to warp on your tongue. Banana slices are even colder than a pudding and offer a spirit of resistance; vanilla wafers, malleable from sitting in a pudding, apart into sweet, fluffy crumbs.

For a record, we don’t have to be stranded to indulge in Community Q’s banana pudding. If your keys get divided from you, though, it can spin a formidable conditions into a delight.

Community Q BBQ. 1361 Clairmont Rd. 404-633-2080. communityqbbq.com

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