Banana Pudding 101
I've noticed that Northern Banana Pudding is more about the pudding while Southern Banana Pudding is more about the cookies & bananas. Find the ratio you love best!
Here's a basic tutorial for this classic dessert. =^..^=
- vanilla wafer cookies (see directions)
- 1 box
- (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding
- 2 c
- 1/3 c
- white sugar
- 2 Tbsp
- 1/4 tsp
- salt, optional
- 2 c
- large egg
- 1 Tbsp
- butter or margarine
- 1 tsp
- vanilla extract
- 1 to 3
- bananas, sliced
- egg whites
- 1/4 c
- white sugar
- 1 can(s)
- whipped cream
OPTION #1: PUDDING LAYER: INSTANT PUDDING
OPTION #2 PUDDING LAYER: HOMEMADE VANILLA CORNSTARCH PUDDING
OPTION #3: MERINGUE LAYER
OPTION #4: WHIPPED CREAM
How to Make Banana Pudding 101
- 1Once you decide to make Banana Pudding, you have more decisions to make. Do you want one big pudding or individual desserts? Instant pudding or homemade? Meringue or whipped cream on top? Try different combinations at different times until you find the one your family loves best.
NOTE: The prep time listed above is for using instant pudding. If you plan on making homemade pudding & meringue, add another 45 minutes or so for prepping, cooking, and baking.
- 2Line a glass dish or individual ramekins with vanilla wafer cookies. In the North, this would take about 1/2 a box (or 6 per ramekin) while in the South, you'd use the whole box.
For TRUE Southern Banana Pudding, layer the vanilla wafers & banana slices in the glass dish, then cover with HOT homemade vanilla cornstarch pudding. Top with meringue.
- 7TO MAKE HOMEMADE PUDDING: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Measure the milk & add the egg. Stir together until mixed, then add to the dry ingredients and whisk together well. Cook over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY until pudding thickens and starts to bubble. Add the butter & stir well. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
In the South, the hot pudding is poured over the layered cookies & bananas. It soaks in while you make the meringue.
Others prefer to cool the pudding before pouring part of it over the cookies, adding banana slices, pouring more pudding (and MAYBE adding more cookies), and continue layering 'til your heart's content. Chill until ready to serve OR top with meringue next.
- 8For meringue, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a clean glass bowl, beat the egg whites with the mixer until soft peaks form (the ones that fold over). Continue beating, adding the sugar by the tablespoon until all the sugar is used and the meringue stands up in stiff peaks.
Top the pudding with the meringue, spreading gently over the top and sealing around the edges. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely (or chill) before serving.
**This photo shows Banana Pudding made with a double batch of homemade pudding, topped with meringue.