This banana pudding recipe is about as much of a comfort food in the South as it is a dessert. One that everyone always looks forward to digging into to get the perfect ratio of vanilla wafers, pudding, and bananas.
Grandmother always made hers with a towering meringue on top of the pudding that was light as air and the perfect combination with the rich pudding. She would ask my sister and me to help make her recipe for dessert so many times when we were young girls. It was a request I don’t remember ever tiring of hearing. She would ask one of us to carefully line the glass bowl with the vanilla wafers while the other sliced the bananas. We each had an important job and the pudding just wouldn’t work without both of us completing our tasks with care.
Or at least she always made us believe it wouldn’t.
How to Assemble Banana Pudding:
- Arrange vanilla wafers on the bottom of a 2-quart dish, such as an oven-safe glass bowl or dish.
- Slice bananas and place on top of the vanilla wafer layer.
- Pour 1/3 of the pudding over the wafers and bananas.
- Repeat layering process, ending with a layer of wafers.
How to Make the Meringue Topping:
- Use very clean beaters and bowl that have been refrigerated for a few moments. Then, whip the egg whites with your electric mixer at very high speed.
- Once the egg whites begin to foam, add the cream of tartar and then gradually add the sugar one tablespoon at a time. Continue to whip the egg whites until all of the sugar has dissolved and stiff peaks have formed, then incorporate the vanilla extract.
- Spread the meringue over the top of the pudding, taking care to completely spread to the inner edge of the dish to completely cover the pudding.
- Bake for 25 minutes until the meringue has lightly browned. Remove from the oven and serve.
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 c. milk
- 4 separated eggs
- 1 tbsp. vanilla flavor
- 1 box of Nilla Vanilla Wafers
- 4 med. ripe bananas
- Mix flour, salt, and sugar; add milk slowly.
- Stir constantly over low heat until thickened.
- Stir and cook for about 15 minutes.
- Beat egg yolks in bowl and stir into mixture slowly stirring constantly.
- Cook about 5 more minutes stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla.
- Line bottom of casserole dish with vanilla wafers, bananas (sliced) and custard mixture.
- Repeat layers, ending with custard on top.
- Beat egg whites until stiff.
- Add 1/4 cup sugar; whip until it peaks.
- Spread on top of custard and bake in oven at 450 degrees for about 5 minutes or until browned.
- Remove from oven and serve.
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