Dessert Recipes, Intermediate, Spring and Summer

Banana Pudding from Scratch

No boxed pudding here. Authentic Southern banana pudding from scratch starts with homemade pudding, sliced bananas and real whipped cream. It’s true heaven in a dish.

No boxed pudding here. Authentic Southern banana pudding from scratch starts with homemade pudding, sliced bananas and real whipped cream. It's true heaven in a dish.

trifle bowl of banana pudding topped with whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafersYou’ve heard the old saying, “When in Rome. . .”

When in Mississippi, it’s not pudding. It’s puddin’.

Banana pudding is the fried chicken of desserts. I swear, I think it’s the reason they make vanilla wafers. It makes an appearance at just about every picnic, every family reunion, every funeral, and sometimes when you’ve just had a baby. Last summer, the evening before I was scheduled to give birth to Little Tot, my best friend invites The Husband and me over for – you guessed it – banana pudding. Afterwards, while everyone is leaning back in their chairs, rubbing their bellies, and moaning about how full they are, I get up, waddle back into the kitchen, and fix myself another bowl. Pregnancy is the only time you get a free pass for being a glutton.

Before I began this series, I solicited suggestions from my friends and readers on what I should include in the lineup. A co-worker suggested banana pudding, but it had to be “real” banana pudding. I knew exactly what she meant. If you’ve had your fair share of banana pudding during your lifetime, you do too.

So, how do you spot a banana pudding imposter? The biggest tip-off: If one of the ingredients is banana-flavored pudding.

True, genuine, authentic banana pudding uses vanilla pudding and gets its flavor from slices of real banana. The vanilla wafers soak up the pudding and become almost cake like. Top the whole thing off with whipped cream. Real whipped cream is preferred.

It’s true heaven in a dish.

trifle bowl of banana pudding topped with whipped cream and crushed vanilla wafers

 

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No boxed pudding here. Authentic Southern banana pudding from scratch starts with homemade pudding, sliced bananas and real whipped cream. It's true heaven in a dish.
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Banana Pudding

No boxed pudding here. Authentic Southern banana pudding from scratch starts with homemade pudding, sliced bananas and real whipped cream. It's true heaven in a dish.
Prep Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 288kcal
Author Lisa B.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 cups heavy cream divided
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 large bananas
  • 4 cups vanilla wafers

Instructions

  • In a double boiler, mix together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, and salt. Add water and stir until mixture forms a paste. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs and three cups of heavy cream. Stir into paste. Allow mixture to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla, stirring until butter has melted. Let cool.
  • Arrange vanilla wafers in a single layer on the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2 inch casserole dish. Slice bananas and layer over vanilla wafers. Pour vanilla pudding mixture over bananas and vanilla wafers.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
  • Before serving, beat remaining heavy cream on high with an electric mixer. Slowly add sugar. Continue to beat until still peaks form.
  • Spread whipped cream over pudding.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7.1g | Cholesterol: 6.5mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 0.2mg

 

14 Comments

  1. I love that photo! Looks AMAZING. It does look like heaven in a dish. I don’t really like fried chicken that much though.

  2. I love banana flavored desserts. This looks wonderful, especially with Nillas!

  3. Lindsey Brooks

    My mom used to sucker me into “helping” her when I was little. Helping = stirring custard for an hour!!!

  4. This looks so good and I can make banana cream pie without bothering with a pie crust! Thanks!! Also, any tips on photography you could share?

    • The Cooking Bride

      You are the first person to ask me that! Wow, I feel special now!

      If you’ve heard people say natural light is best, they’re right. If there is a recipe I want to do a blog post on, I try to make it on the weekends or put some aside so that I can shoot it during daylight hours. I was shooting everything on my back porch where there was good lighting, but I wasn’t in direct sunlight.

      I just recently invested in a good tripod, which allows me to shoot indoors next to a window. I can take advantage of slower shutter speeds without worrying about blurry photos. I don’t have the luxury of having a permanent setup in my house. When I get ready to shoot something, I literally drag my coffee table over to a living room window.

      Practice, practice, practice. I still have a lot to learn, but I feel like my photos have improved even from just a few months ago.

      Check out these two food blogs. They often post great tutorials:
      Taylor Takes a Taste
      Gourmande in the Kitchen

  5. To be honest, I’ve never had banana pudding. This sounds amazing and it looks so pretty!!

  6. Well I’ve never had “real” (or fake) banana pudding but I’ve always kind of wondered what all the fuss is about. Now I get it.

  7. you have such pretty photos!

    Amanda
    softandstiffpeaks.blogspot.com

  8. I can’t begin to tell how precious memories are and you get to still make them GOD BLESS

  9. Shirley D. Goins

    I haven’t tried your recipes yet, however, I usually make my recipes from scratch. i really like what i see with your Banana Pudding. Much like mine. So, I will be checking other recipes created by you.

    shirley

  10. Stephanie Deal

    I found your recipe on Tasty Kitchen and made it for a family reunion. Dee-li-cious and just what I was looking for — REAL PUDDING, not fake. :). Thanks much for sharing!!

  11. I love real banana pudding. I’ve always made mine with a meringue topping. I might have to try it with whipped cream.

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