Recipe: Banana Pudding

Published on: December 11th, 2022

No introduction needed for this classic of Southern cooking, always popular at all kinds of family gatherings, holidays & otherwise.

Here are two versions, an old-school cooked version, and an easy, no-bake version. The latter suitable for kids' and other kitchen novices.

Traditional version

1 cup milk
1 cup evaporated milk
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons butter, softened
Vanilla wafers
2 bananas, sliced

Combine the milk, evaporated milk, egg yolks, sugar, flour, and salt in a sauce pan. Cook while whisking over medium heat until hot to the touch, testing with a finger. Whisk frequently until custard is thickens and form ribbons. 

Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla, stirring to combine until the butter is melted.

In an oven-safe dish, place a layer of sliced bananas, and on top of that, a layer of vanilla wafers, and the pudding. Pour half of the custard over the vanilla wafers. Repeat, adding a second layer of bananas, wafers and the remaining custard.

Preheat over to 400F.

Make a meringue by beating the egg whites, cream of tartar, and powdered sugar to stiff peaks. Cover the pudding with a layer of egg whites and brown in a 400F oven for 5-10 minutes.

Serve warm if you like, or chill and serve later.


Quick-Easy No-Cook version

1 5.1 ounce package of instant vanilla pudding
3 cups milk
4 bananas
1/2 of an 8 ounce package of Cool Whip
Vanilla wafers

Using a mixer, thoroughly combine the pudding and the milk, mixing for 2-3 minutes.

Slice the bananas. Add the Cool Whip and sliced bananas to the pudding-milk mixture and stir to combine.

Line a 13x9 (or similarly sized) dish with vanilla wafers. Be sure to include the sides of the dish.

Add the pudding-banana mixture evenly on top of the vanilla wafers.

Refrigerate until it firms up.


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