Banana pudding

Banana pudding is a classic Southern dessert loved for its creamy texture and comforting flavors. Here’s a recipe to make it:


  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (720ml) whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 box (about 11 ounces or 312g) vanilla wafers
  • Whipped cream or whipped topping, for serving (optional)


  1. Prepare the Pudding Mixture: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Temper the Egg Yolks: In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Gradually whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot pudding mixture to temper the yolks, then slowly pour the tempered yolks back into the saucepan, whisking constantly.
  3. Cook the Pudding: Continue cooking the pudding mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens further and coats the back of a spoon, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Assemble the Banana Pudding: In a large bowl or individual serving dishes, layer vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding, repeating until all ingredients are used and ending with a layer of pudding on top.
  5. Chill: Cover the banana pudding with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the pudding for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld and the pudding to set.
  6. Serve: Just before serving, garnish the banana pudding with additional vanilla wafers and sliced bananas if desired. You can also top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream or whipped topping if desired.
  7. Enjoy: Serve the banana pudding chilled and enjoy the creamy, comforting flavors of this classic Southern dessert!

This banana pudding recipe is perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, or any occasion where you want to treat yourself to a delicious and nostalgic dessert.

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