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Southern-Style Homemade Banana Pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding is a rich, creamy, delicious Southern tradition that features delicious layers of rich, custard, homemade vanilla pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and slices of ripe bananas. Homemade Banana Pudding is the perfect menu item for potlucks, picnics, and any family gathering or anytime for that fact; it’s just that darn good.

Can you remember being a child, eating this amazing dessert that mama or Granny would make to take along to every church function, potluck, picnic, or family reunion? I don’t know about Y’all; I don’t remember there ever being a box of instant pudding involved. We have been so busy with the kids, work, and running around we had forgotten how easy and delicious it is to have a tasty old-fashioned dessert made from scratch.

 

Homemade Banana Pudding is a rich creamy delicious Southern tradition that features delicious layers of rich, custard, homemade vanilla pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and slices of ripe bananas. Homemade Banana Pudding is the perfect menu item for potlucks, picnics, and any family gathering or anytime for that fact; it's just that darn goodBanana Pudding is usually associated with the Southern states for some reason, yet it is made throughout the United States for several years. One of the earliest recipes noted of Banana Pudding was in “The Kentucky Receipt Book,” by Mary Harris Frazer in 1903.  Her method does not include vanilla wafers…

 

 

Recipe by Mary Harris Frazer in 1903, “Take 1/2 dozen bananas, peel and cut in pieces, an inch thick, put in baking dish and pour over custard made in the following way: custard one pint of milk, three eggs, beat the yolks light, add milk, also two tablespoons of granulated sugar. Have the milk boiling, add the eggs and let it cook until it thickens; when cool, pour over the bananas. Make a meringue with whites of the eggs and granulated sugar, put on top of the custard, set in the oven a few minutes to brown. Serve at once.”-Mary Harris Frazer, 1903.

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Banana Pudding is a rich creamy delicious Southern tradition that features delicious layers of rich, custard, homemade vanilla pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and slices of ripe bananas. Homemade Banana Pudding is the perfect menu item for potlucks, picnics, and any family gathering or anytime for that fact; it's just that darn goodDid Y’all notice her recipe for Banana Pudding does not include any flour or cornstarch? I almost want to try it out to see if it all works out in the end, or this is a misprint. What do you think? Let me know in the comments f you have made yours without flour or cornstarch. I love to hear my reader’s point of view or ideas.

So my next question for Y’all, do you like your Banana Pudding with a Homemade meringue or homemade Whipped Cream? I am the oddball of the group probably, I don’t want anything on mine and will scrape it off if it is added. However, you can feel free to add either-or, and it still is considered traditional here in the south, feel free to add what you enjoy!

 

 

 

Homemade Banana Pudding is a rich creamy delicious Southern tradition that features delicious layers of rich, custard, homemade vanilla pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and slices of ripe bananas. Homemade Banana Pudding is the perfect menu item for potlucks, picnics, and any family gathering or anytime for that fact; it's just that darn good

 

 
 

 

Ingredients needed for Homemade Banana Pudding

  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • Four tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1/4 of a teaspoon of tables salt
  • Four cups of whole milk
  • Four large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • Three tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Three teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • One package of vanilla wafers
  • Four ripe bananas

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Banana Pudding is a rich creamy delicious Southern tradition that features delicious layers of rich, custard, homemade vanilla pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and slices of ripe bananas. Homemade Banana Pudding is the perfect menu item for potlucks, picnics, and any family gathering or anytime for that fact; it's just that darn good

Southern-Style Homemade Banana Pudding

hmccallum
Homemade Banana Pudding is a rich creamy delicious Southern tradition that features delicious layers of rich, custard, homemade vanilla pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and slices of ripe bananas.
4.82 from 22 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chill 1 hr
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 8 People
Calories 276 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cup Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon Table salt
  • 4 cups Whole milk
  • 4 large Egg yolks slightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted butter
  • 3 teaspoons Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 package Vanilla wafers
  • 4-5 Ripe bananas Sliced

Instructions
 

  • In 3-quart saucepan, mix granulated sugar, cornstarch, and table salt. Gradually stir in the milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir about 1-minute.
  • Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks, then stir back into hot mixture in saucepan. Boil and stir about 1 minute; remove from the heat. Stir in unsalted butter and the pure vanilla.
  • Pour the pudding into a large heatproof bowl. Cover the vanilla pudding and refrigerate about 1 hour or until chilled. Store covered in the refrigerator till needed.

To assemble dessert

  • Spread a thin layer of some vanilla pudding in a large casserole dish or if desired in separate dessert glasses.
  • Arrange a layer of vanilla wafers on top of the homemade vanilla pudding.
  • Thinly slice the bananas into rounds, about 1/8 inch thick, and arrange a layer of banana slices over the wafers.
  • Spread one-third of the remaining pudding over the bananas and continue layering the vanilla wafers, ripe bananas, and homemade vanilla pudding,
  • If desired top with homemade meringue or homemade whipped cream.
  • Refrigerate until ready for use or serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 01Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 58mgPotassium: 377mgFiber: 2gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 490IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 149mg
Keyword Banana, Banana Pudding, Pudding, Vanilla Wafers
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Homemade Banana Pudding is a rich creamy delicious Southern tradition that features delicious layers of rich, custard, homemade vanilla pudding, crisp vanilla wafers, and slices of ripe bananas. Homemade Banana Pudding is the perfect menu item for potlucks, picnics, and any family gathering or anytime for that fact; it's just that darn good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Neli Howard
    April 10, 2019 at 4:07 am

    This looks absolutely amazing and I need it in my life, Heidy!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      April 10, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      LOL, Neli, you just made my day.

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    Tisha
    April 10, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Love how much better homemade is than store bought!

  • Reply
    Natalie
    April 10, 2019 at 2:08 am

    I love banana pudding! Looks so delicious and perfect for brunch ♥

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      April 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      You know I have never thought about having it for Brunch–Great idea!!! I love it, Natalie!!!

  • Reply
    Adriana Martin
    April 10, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Banana pudding is always the best dessert. I am not from the South but I grew up eating banana pudding at home and love it!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      April 10, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Yes! Banana pudding is everywhere! The stuff is so delish that we just can’t help but claiming it here in the South lol!! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!!

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    Sara Welch
    April 10, 2019 at 1:22 am

    What a great treat that is not only healthy, but sweet too! Looks scrumptious!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      April 10, 2019 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you, Ms. Sara! Glad you liked the Banana pudding. My kids love this recipe too and it goes quickly when they are home lol

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    SupperintheSuburbs
    January 24, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I looooooooooove bananas. Like an insane amount. I’ve not tried my southern style food so will be excited to give this a try!

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      hmccallum
      January 25, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Oh me too bananas have to be one of my all-time favorite fruits— So sweet and delicious

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    Ginny
    January 24, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I remember vanilla wafers and banana from way way back. What a great combination of flavors you’ve got in this pudding!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 25, 2018 at 9:51 am

      Thank you, Ginny, you can’t go wrong with a class flavor combo.

  • Reply
    Alyssa
    January 24, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Your pudding looks beautiful. Such a classic recipe – it will never get old!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 25, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Aww, Thank you, Alyssa. I love it—it’s not the greatest thing if you are dieting but every so often you have to give into an iconic treat.

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    cheddarben
    January 24, 2018 at 11:33 am

    This looks like a tasty and comforting treat or dessert!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 25, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Thank you, Ben, Glad you stopped by and enjoyed the dessert. Have a great day.

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    K.C.
    January 24, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Yum! This is just like my grandmother made it!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      January 25, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Hey there KC, now that is a compliment I will take—brought a big grin to my face.

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