Mom's Homemade Banana Pudding

lisa moore


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!

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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. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


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5 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


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

How to Make Mom's Homemade Banana Pudding


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix 1/2 c of the sugar with flour in a small saucepan. Blend in the egg yolks.
  2. Add vanilla extract and milk.
  3. Cook, uncovered, for 10-12 minutes or until thickened. Stir constantly.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Begin to layer the pudding (usually makes 3 layers). Add a layer of wafers in a casserole bowl.
  6. Top with a layer of banana slices.
  7. Next, pour some custard over the bananas and wafers.
  8. Repeat layers ending with custard.
  9. Beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  10. Gradually add 1/4 c sugar.
  11. Beat until firm.
  12. Pour meringue over final custard layer.
  13. Crumble wafers over top.
  14. Bake 15-20 minutes or until top is slightly browned.
  15. Cool at least one hour before eating.

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About Mom's Homemade Banana Pudding

Course/Dish: Puddings
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Southern
Collection: Mom Made It Best

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