Bananas, vanilla wafers and homemade pudding topped with whipped cream or meringue create a sweet Classic Banana Pudding for year round enjoyment.
How many of you all remember that song from Gwen Stefani? “This *hit is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!” Somehow I find myself humming that tune every time I proceed to spell the word bananas, including while writing this post. Someone needs to come up with a catchy song to spell the word “Worcestershire,” LOL! This would be the perfect word for a spelling bee. I’d probably ‘bee’ out that round. 😉
Banana Pudding is and has been hands down my absolute favorite dessert, other than lemon icebox pie, since I can remember. Although it’s now spring and this Banana Pudding is perfect to add to any spring spread, this Banana Pudding is perfect year round. It’s also quick and easy: alternate layers of vanilla wafers with bananas and pour homemade pudding over the layers to create a classic dessert.
My dad lives by using a double boiler, and it’s a tried and true method, but it’s not required (and I don’t use that method). A simple saucepan will work just fine. The key is keeping an eye on the pot and whisking when needed, so it doesn’t clump up and stick. I see a lot of recipes that use box pudding and it’s just not the same.
The best part about making the pudding from scratch – the egg whites do not have to go to waste because they can be used to make the meringue for the Banana Pudding. If meringue is not your thing, you can also make homemade whipped cream, as I did with the Banana Pudding pictured.
There’s nothing I prefer more than eating my Banana Pudding warm, but you can chill it before serving as well. I’ll have you know, Food Monster beat me to that first warm piece or the opportunity to chill the pudding.
Here’s to the Banana Pudding thief’s, may we know them, may we not be them, may we not raise them, although I know why it happened – this classic Banana Pudding is GOOOODDDD to the last (warm) bite!!
Classic Banana Pudding
Servings: 4-6Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
- 4-5 Bananas
- 1 Package Vanilla Wafers
- 2 Cups Milk
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 3 Egg Yolks
- 1/8 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 3 Egg Whites
- 3/4 Cup
Homemade Whipped Cream
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 3 Tbsp Sugar
- 1/’2 tsp Vanilla
- Chilled Mixing Bowl & Whisk
- Starting with the vanilla wafers, layer the wafers, and bananas in a dish.
- In a medium sauce pan, whisk the milk, sugar, all purpose flour, egg yolks and salt, then cook on medium heat until mixture is thickened, taking care to stir regularly.
- Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.
- Pour mixture over the layered bananas and vanilla wafers. Gently shake the dish from side to side for the pudding to fall thru the layers. If necessary, carefully poke holes with a butter knife to help the pudding fall thru the layers.
- Top with meringue or whipped cream. Serve warm or chill for 1-2 hours and serve.
- Whisk egg whites and sugar together until combined.
- Create double boiler and stir mixture continuously until it has reached 140 degrees.
- Immediately remove mixture and place in bowl of a mixer with a whisk attachment.
- Whisk on high for 10 minutes.
- Spread meringue on Banana Pudding and fluff. Place under the broiler for 30 second to 1 minute. Keep an eye on it at this stage, because it will burn quickly.
Homemade Whipped Cream:
- Pour all ingredients into a chilled mixing bowl fit for an electric mixer and whisk on high for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture is a whipped velvety texture.
- Place whipped cream in fridge until ready to use. Note: you can use store bought whipped cream in lieu of making your own batch.
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