Traditional Banana Pudding

This is the banana pudding I grew up eating.

I think it's pretty traditional in the sense that it has a 
meringue topping and homemade custard.

I can enjoy the layered versions that use pudding mix and whipped cream, 
but it sure doesn't bring back the memories this one does.

It's my mom's recipe, I love it, and I wouldn't change a thing.

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Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp flour
Dash of salt
2 cups milk
1 egg
3 egg yolks, reserve whites
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 bananas
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3/4 box of Nilla Wafers

3 egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
3 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp powdered sugar

Combine sugar, flour and salt in the top of a double boiler. Whisk in milk; cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thickened. Beat together egg and yolks, temper with 1/4 cup of hot milk liquid and whisk back into milk. Continue to stir until thick, about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Slice bananas and combine with lemon juice.

Spread a small amount of custard on the bottom of a 1 1/2 quart oven safe baking dish; top with wafers and bananas. Continue layering 3 times, ending with custard.

Heat oven to 425*

Meringue: Beat reserved 3 egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form. Slowly add in granulated sugar and powdered sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Pile on top of pudding spreading to edges; bake in a preheated 425* oven for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off the oven, open the door and let pudding cool in the oven for 15 minutes or so before removing.

Serve at room temperature(which I prefer) or chilled.


  1. I bet this is so delicious! Banana pudding is my Pop's favorite meal so we ate it a lot growing up! Mom makes hers with whipped cream, but your meringue is beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Leslie. I know we sure did enjoy it.

  2. Banana pudding was my father's favorite dessert. You really brought back happy memories with this post! Thanks for including it at Foodie Friday.

  3. I love banana pudding. One of my favorite desserts. Brings back great memories.

  4. I've never had real banana pudding, I guess.
    The first time I tried it, the dessert was made with banana-flavored pudding.
    Did you know that the chemical compound used in artificial banana flavoring is also used in making pills? Yeah, I didn't think so--I just knew that the taste of that banana pudding, as well as the artificially-flavored banana ice cream I'd also tried, was just like the taste of the honey mixed up with antibiotics my mom made me eat when I refused to swallow pills while recovering from pneumonia. Yuck!
    Years later a flavor chemist told me that I wasn't crazy, the chemical compound is the same.
    Long way to say, I think I'd like this, as I love the flavor of a real banana.

    Thanks, Andrea!