Homemade Banana Pudding

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Homemade Banana Pudding is a creamy, dreamy, Banana Pudding. Made the old fashioned way with scratch made custard and meringue!

banana pudding on floral plate

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Yes! No jello, no shortcuts! If you want real, creamy, fantastic Banana Pudding. THIS is the way to do it!

I’m not even gonna lie. I DO NOT make this. Nor do I make scratch made Red Velvet Cake. Why? Because Big D does it better. He has the patience and the sheer fortitude to make both of these things to perfection. So, there is no need for me to make them, right?

So, I got him to make some Banana Pudding, give me his recipe AND his blessing to share it. I can’t make any promises for the Red Velvet Cake y’all. Need a real southern classic recipe? This is the ONE! Like our TOMATO PIE recipe, it just doesn’t get any more Southern!

~ Custard Ingredients ~

  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 box Vanilla Wafers ( Big D says Name brand ONLY!)
  • 4-5 Ripe Bananas

~ Meringue Ingredients ~

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

~ Custard Method ~

  1. Line a 9 x 13 pan with vanilla wafers and fill with sliced, ripe bananas.
  2. Prepare double boiler with water in lower pan over low to medium heat. Combine, Milk, egg yolks and vanilla in top double boiler pan and lightly beat. Heat to warm and add flour, sugar and salt. Heat from low to medium heat (not boiling) and whisk until it reaches your desired thickness.

* Note – You will see in our pictures we tried a method of heating the custard on a flat top to simulate the double boil process. This took forever but is doable if you don’t have a proper double boiler. You can always use a glass mixing bowl sitting just inside the water pan, just make sure it sits loose enough so there can be a slight vent so the glass pan won’t crack. You can also just do it as is on the stove in the boiler, taking care NOT TO LEAVE IT. Stay with it and stir the whole time!

**Also, the custard can be made in a regular boiler pan if time is of the essence. Simply add all custard ingredients to a heavy boiler pan and heat on low to medium heat. Whisk or stir constantly to keep it from burning. Once custard is desired thickness, remove promptly from heat.

Pour custard over banana and wafers. Allow to cool at room temperature.

~ Meringue Method ~

  1. Beat egg whites in a bowl with a hand mixer until bubbly. Add sugar in slowly while beating. Once all sugar is in, add vanilla and cream of tartar. Beat mixture until stiff peaks form.
  2. Spoon meringue over custard and place under broiler rack in oven. Broil, watching carefully, until lightly browned.
  3. Can be eaten right away (it is sooo good warm!) Or stored in refrigerator to cool and eaten later. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

Is making Banana Pudding from scratch really better?

Yes! Making any kind of custard from scratch will always, always be better than using store bought. Not only can you control what goes into it but there is a distinct difference in the taste. Always go for homemade. If time is an issue, just wait until you have the time to do it properly

How do you keep the custard from being too thin?

Stay with it, whisking the whole time. I know this seems hard to do but it is so worth it. You can do my wooden spoon trick like I use making gravy. Get a little on the back of the spoon, run your finger down the middle and make sure to turn the spoon to make sure custard does not run. Perfect test every time. You can also test your temperature to make sure it is somewhere between 175 and 180 degrees internal temp to be sure.

Should I keep it in the Refrigerator?

Yes! There really is nothing better than warm Banana Pudding but if you have some leftover, you will need to store in the refrigerator. This will not only keep the bananas from browning too much but will keep your custard firm.

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Yield: 10

Homemade Banana Pudding

close up of meringue of banana pudding

Homemade Banana Pudding is a Luscious, delicious dessert. Made with old fashioned custard, fresh bananas and real meringue, this Southern classic dessert is worth the time and effort.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 box Vanilla Wafers ( Big D says Name brand ONLY!)
  • 4-5 Ripe Bananas
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 x 13 pan with vanilla wafers and fill with sliced, ripe bananas. Prepare double boiler with water in lower pan over low to medium heat. Combine, Milk, egg yolks and vanilla in top double boiler pan and lightly beat. Heat to warm and add flour, sugar and salt. Heat from low to medium heat (not boiling) and whisk until it reaches your desired thickness.
  2. Pour custard over banana and wafers. Allow to cool at room temperature. Beat egg whites in a bowl with a hand mixer until bubbly. Add sugar in slowly while beating. Once all sugar is in, add vanilla and cream of tartar. Beat mixture until stiff peaks form.
  3. Spoon meringue over custard and place under broiler rack in oven. Broil, watching carefully, until lightly browned. Can be eaten right away or stored in refrigerator to cool and eaten later.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 273Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 80mgSodium 93mgCarbohydrates 55gFiber 2gSugar 43gProtein 7g

**Nutritional Values are estimates only

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