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Homemade Banana Pudding

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Homemade custard, slices of banana, vanilla wafers and a melt in your mouth meringue topping come together to make this delicious banana pudding. It is a classic dessert for good reason and will be a hit at your next get together.

Trifle bowl filled with homemade banana pudding topped with shards of meringue.

As I sit here typing this, I have some blackberry cobbler bars that are overflowing in the oven.  It smells like smoke and it is too late to do much about it other than silently curse myself and wait for the oven to cool and clean up the mess.

I am kicking myself for getting a little too liberal with my changes to the recipe.  But even more so, I am kicking myself for adding those two extra cups of berries at the end.  

Because they were so fresh and pretty straight off the bush.  Because the bars just looked like they needed a few more.

Because I just couldn’t help myself and it seemed like the right thing to do.

The pan had another story to tell.

Banana pudding will never do that to you, my friends.

Banana pudding is the safe hug I need after such a disaster!

Close up of banana pudding with homemade custard, vanilla wafers, banana slices and meringue topping.

I love how simple banana pudding is.  Just a creamy vanilla custard, sliced bananas and vanilla wafers allowed to comingle for long enough that everything takes on a little of the other’s flavor and the texture is creamy and delicious.  

You can certainly save yourself a little work and whip some cream to go on top.  I thought it would be fun to bake a meringue disk and break it into pieces to top the pudding.  My siblings really enjoyed that touch.

Yield: 18 Servings

Homemade Banana Pudding

Trifle bowl filled with homemade banana pudding topped with shards of meringue.

Homemade custard, slices of banana, vanilla wafers and a melt in your mouth meringue topping come together to make this delicious banana pudding. It is a classic dessert for good reason and will be a hit at your next get together.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • Banana Pudding:
  • 4 T flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large egg yolks (you can use the whites for the meringue)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • 5 large bananas
  • Meringue:
  • 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/8 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. If you are making the meringue, you will want to do it the night ahead. Preheat the oven to 350°F and place a sheet of parchment on a baking sheet.
  2. Stir together the corn starch and sugar and set aside.
  3. Mix the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until they are foamy.  Turn the mixer to high and begin to whip.  Slowly add in the sugar/corn starch mixture until completely incorporated.
  4. Once you have stiff peaks and the vanilla and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Spread about an inch thick on the parchment paper. 
  6. Place in the oven and immediately drop the temperature to 250°F.  Bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes.  Then turn off the oven, but do not open it.  Leave to cool completely in the oven.  Then remove from the parchment paper and wrap tightly until ready to use. 
  7. To make the pudding, combine flour, sugar and salt in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. 
  8. Beat together egg yolks and cold milk.  Add a couple of tablespoons to the flour mixture and whisk.  Add a few more and whisk.  This will help prevent clumps.  Slowly add remaining milk mixture, whisking as you do until combined.  
  9. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 
  10. Place a layer of 1/3 of the vanilla wafers on the bottom of your serving dish.  Cover with a layer of half of the sliced bananas. Add half of the pudding mixture.  Repeat with a layer of vanilla wafers, bananas, pudding and ending with vanilla wafers. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. 
  11. Place broken pieces of meringue on top when ready to serve, or top with whipped cream.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Frugal Hausfrau

Wednesday 29th of June 2016

I make banana pudding now and then but I've never seen one with a meringue topping like that! I like it!!

Mollie

Carlee

Wednesday 29th of June 2016

It was a first for me too, but we really liked how it turned out! We love it with whipped cream but it was fun to do something a bit different!

Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest

Monday 27th of June 2016

I've never had banana pudding with meringue on top. That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing with the Tips and Tricks Link Party.

Carlee

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

We normally go with whipped cream, but the meringue just seemed like the right way to go this time! It turned out really well. I liked the added texture and made the pudding a bit more memorable!

Unknown

Monday 27th of June 2016

Banana pudding really takes me back to childhood. This was one dessert all of us kids could agree on! YUM! I really love the meringue disk pieces on the top, it looks great and I'm sure it tasted that way too! Love your creativity.

Carlee

Tuesday 28th of June 2016

Thank you! I hate wasting half of the eggs, so it seemed like the right thing to do. We really loved how it turned out. Meringue is underrated!

Debbie

Saturday 25th of June 2016

Hi Carlee, I seriously cannot keep up with the amount of recipes I want to try. It's insane! I have egg whites sitting in the fridge waiting to be turned into meringue and vanilla wafers remind me of childhood (mine and my own children's).

xx

Carlee

Saturday 25th of June 2016

My stack of ideas and things to try is getting almost overwhelmingly thick! Oh well, it is fun even if we never get to them all, right?! Thanks, Debbie!

Anonymous

Friday 24th of June 2016

Perfect summer treat. I think the meringue pieces are a lovely crunchy touch to the banana pudding. Thanks for hosting #ThrowbackThursday.

Carlee

Saturday 25th of June 2016

Thank you! We loved the meringue on top. And thanks for partying with us.

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