May 25, 2013

Banana Pudding From Scratch


It's hard to beat banana pudding made from scratch! There are variations in recipes for this classic dessert: some people like more cookies or more bananas, while some prefer theirs topped with the traditional golden-baked meringue (a swirl of real whipping cream is my topping of choice).

My favorite banana pudding has plenty of the part I like best- the thick, rich, sweet vanilla custard that envelops the cookies and makes them luscious and cake-like.  


Banana Pudding From Scratch  Print

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 egg yolks, slightly beaten
3 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
1 (12 oz.) box vanilla wafers
5 ripe bananas, sliced
Desired topping such as meringue or whipping cream

1. Mix sugar, flour, and salt in large saucepan. Blend in egg yolks and milk. Whisk to completely combine. Whisking constantly, cook over medium low heat until mixture thickens, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and butter. Stir until butter is completely melted into pudding.


2. Spread a small amount of custard evenly into the bottom of a 3 quart dish. Cover custard with a single layer of vanilla wafers, then with a layer of sliced bananas. Pour about 1/3 of the custard over bananas. Repeat layers two more times, ending with custard.


3. Top as desired with whipping cream and/or crushed vanilla wafers. Pudding is better refrigerated for several hours to overnight before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

Cooks notes: To make whipping cream, pour 1 cup very cold heavy cream into bowl of stand mixer. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar, or to taste. You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, if desired. Using the whisk attachment, mix on low until well combined, then on medium until medium-stiff peaks form. Makes about 2 cups. Refrigerate leftovers. 



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26 comments:

  1. I am a banana pudding FREAK...and yours looks soooo delicious!

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    1. If you love banana pudding, we are kindred spirits! ;) Happy to be following you! :)

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  2. I really shouldn't have looked at this before breakfast -- YUM! I hadn't thought about banana pudding in a long time and I know Grampy loves it and I bet Amara would love to help make it. She likes slicing and she could lay out the cookies, too. I'll just handle the hot custard. Thanks!!

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    1. Oooo, that will be fun- hope you and Amara have a great time! Thanks for coming by! :)

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! I do love banana pudding! :) I'm so glad you came by!

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  4. I came back to check out some of your other recipes and this one grabbed me, hook, line, and sinker! I so rarely see REAL banana pudding these days, with homemade custard, which is MY favorite part TOO!! I can't wait to try it, and am following you too! :)
    ~April

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    1. April, you are a girl after my own heart! Thanks for following me- I look forward to more of your posts! :)

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  5. This looks good! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

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  6. This looks soo delish...and I agree, pudding is much better after being refrigerated!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  7. Thick, creamy and full of banana....your really had me here! Looks amazing.

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

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  8. Such a wonderful comfort food. When I eat a good banana pudding it reminds me of my times shared with my grandmother. Wonderful memories.

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  9. Every year for my birthday my granny would make me banana pudding from scratch. It has always been my favorite. Thanks for the nostalgia and the smile! Pinned!

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  10. Wonderful recipe Joy and delish! Stopping by from Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  11. Oh, banana pudding sounds so good! I love pudding of any kind. :-) Thanks for linking up with us at the Blogger Brags Pinterest Party, I hope you come back again with more yummy recipes next week! Pinning this recipe to our group board. :-)

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  12. Hopped over from Dare to Share Linky Party and I love banana pudding! My mom uses this exact recipe with the exception of whipping cream. It's meringue for her, ONLY:)

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  13. I just love old fashioned recipes like this, Joy! Your Banana Pudding looks wonderful. I've shared it on FB and have pinned it too. Thank you for sharing another lovely recipe with the Hearth and Soul hop!

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  14. Oh dear, I have to make this. I love banana pudding and was thinking recently that I wanted a home made recipe for it instead of a box. Thanks for providing it. I'd love for you to link up to Tips and Tricks Link Party on Tuesday. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas (http://www.fearlesslycreativemammas.com)

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  15. My husband's favorite dessert is banana pudding. I''ll have to make this for him soon! Thank you for sharing, Joy!

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  16. Your recipe sounds delicious! I love banana pudding! =)

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  17. I LOVE banana pudding, and I think I'm really going to love your from-scratch version...thanks for sharing Joy!

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  18. Delicious banana pudding, i haven' t tried for long time. thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop. Joy, Pinning.

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  19. Thanks for sharing this wonderful banana pudding recipe at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party! Hope to see you there again tonight:)

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  20. This looks so good! Pinned. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. We would love to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  21. Thanks so much for joining the Say G'Day Saturday linky party this week. I've just pinned your delicious post to the Say G'Day Saturday board.

    Best wishes for a great week.
    Natasha in Oz

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  22. Hi Joy, this recipe looks so good and I pinned it to try sometime. I saw it at the shady porch party and congrats on the feature. Enjoy your day!
    Julie

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