Southern-Style Banana Pudding



-the only banana dessert that can top this one is Bananas Foster over a rich vanilla ice cream.  


1 1/4 cups granulated sugar,
1/3 cup cornstarch
4 cups whole milk (or 2 cups whole milk  & 2 cups half and half for extra decadence and best vanilla custard ever:)
4 large eggs, separated and
put in separate bowls
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 TBSP unsalted butter
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 box (11 oz) Nilla Wafers
4 large bananas, peeled &
fruit sliced into “coins” just
before putting together with
the custard and cookies.


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Make custard: whisk 3/4 cup of the sugar, the cornstarch, milk and egg yolks in a pot set over medium heat, and cook, stirring constantly, until it just begins to bubble, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn heat down slightly, and allow mixture to simmer, still stirring constantly, for 1 minute, then remove mixture from heat. Whisk in vanilla, salt and butter.

Make meringue: put the egg whites, cream of tartar and 1/2 cup of sugar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer, and set over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot to touch, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the stand mixer fitted with whisk, and beat until stiff, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Line an 8″ or 9″ diameter, 4″ deep, oven-safe, non-metal bowl or pan with one layer of Nilla Wafers and one layer of banana slices. Pour half of the custard over the first layer of bananas and cookies. Repeat, with a second layer and then use a cake spatula to spread the meringue, making decorative swirls like when your icing a cake. Bake in oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until the peaks are the color of a toasted marshmallow.
Chill at least one hour before serving.

2 thoughts on “Southern-Style Banana Pudding

  1. I was hoping you had Mom’s exact recipe! This is as close as I ever got to replicating the one she made when I lived at home, This recipe is very good. Whether in our memories or not, Mom’s was ghe best; why we never asked her for her recipe is beyond me. That’s why I like sharing family recipes, great recipes are meant to be shared generation to generation.


  2. Hey this sounds like Mom’s banana pudding, is it the one she used ? My favorite pudding of all time.. Did you know she’d have to make 2 of them to take into work at her last job ? One for Jack and one for everyone else 😁
    They all loved the food she’d make but I think he did most of all.


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