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mom's homemade banana pudding

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
lisa moore
chesterfield, VA

My mother always made the best cakes, pies, and puddings, among other things. I have to say that her banana pudding was always one of the desserts her kids asked for the most. So, I wanted to share her special recipe with others who appreciate good ole fashioned cookin'. I sure do miss the smell of her kitchen!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is one of those old-fashioned banana pudding recipes that our elder relatives would have made for Sunday dinner. It's a bit different and a tad more time-consuming than modern day banana pudding, but worth every stir of the whisk. The homemade custard is thick, rich, and creamy. The meringue on top is fluffy and adds a bit of sweetness. Together, with the pop of banana in every bite, the flavors are yummy and comforting. If you grew up on this type of dessert, this recipe is sure to bring back memories.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For mom's homemade banana pudding

  • 3/4 c
    sugar, divided
  • 1/3 c
    self-rising flour
  • 3
    eggs, separated
  • 2 c
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 5 md
    ripe bananas
  • 1 box
    vanilla wafers (some for layers, some crush for topping)

How To Make mom's homemade banana pudding

  • Sugar, flour, and egg yolks in a saucepan.
    Preheat oven to 350. Mix 1/2 c of the sugar with flour in a small saucepan. Blend in the egg yolks.
  • Pouring milk into the saucepan.
    Add vanilla extract and milk.
  • Stirring and simmering on the stovetop.
    Cook, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until thickened. Stir constantly.
  • Thickened custard taken off the heat.
    Remove from heat.
  • A layer of wafers in a bowl.
    Begin to layer the pudding (usually makes 3 layers). Add a layer of wafers in a casserole bowl.
  • Sliced bananas placed on top of vanilla wafers.
    Top with a layer of banana slices.
  • Custard poured over bananas and wafers.
    Next, pour some custard over the bananas and wafers.
  • Layers repeated ending with custard.
    Repeat layers ending with custard.
  • Beating egg whites with an electric hand mixer.
    Beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  • Slowly adding sugar to egg whites.
    Gradually add 1/4 c sugar.
  • Egg whites beaten until firm.
    Beat until firm.
  • Egg whites poured over custard.
    Pour meringue over final custard layer.
  • Wafers crumbled over egg whites.
    Crumble wafers over top.
  • Banana pudding baking in the oven.
    Bake 15-20 minutes or until top is slightly browned.
  • Meringue toasted brown and banana pudding cooling.
    Cool at least one hour before eating.