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Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding

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An old-fashioned banana pudding with meringue topping. If desired, skip the meringue and baking, and top servings with whipped cream or whipped topping. Scroll down to see more banana recipes.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup self-rising flour
  • 2 cups milk, low fat or whole
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • half of a 12-ounce box (about 44 cookies) vanilla wafer cookies
  • 2 bananas, ripe but firm
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar


Combine 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the salt, and the self-rising flour in a bowl.

Slowly stir in milk. Put mixture in top of double boiler over simmering water and cook until mixture begins to thicken. Beat egg yolks then briskly stir a small amount of the hot mixture (about 1/2 cup) into them. Add egg yolk mixture back into the hot mixture in top of double boiler and stir in butter and vanilla. Cook until mixture thickens again.

Place a layer of vanilla wafers in an 11x7-inch baking dish (or other shape 2-quart shallow baking dish). Add a layer of sliced bananas. Continue layering until all cookies and banana slices are used. Pour pudding mixture over top. In a mixing bowl beat egg whites until foamy; gradually beat in 1/4 cup granulated sugar and cream of tartar. Beat until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over pudding. Bake at 350° until browned completely. Remove from oven. Serve hot or cold.
Serves 6 to 8.

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 5 out of 5
The BEST banana pudding ever!, Member ElisaLA2MEM

I've tried many recipes for banana pudding before, but this 0ne tops them all. I made it last night and it was devoured within about an hour. So, I made another one this morning. An even improved version of the first. My only recommendation is to use a smaller baking pan. 9x9 is the correct size for this recipe. I suggest doubling the recipe if you intend to make enough top fill an 11x7 pan. Also, make sure to thicken the mixture to pudding consistency in the double boiler before pouring over the wafer-banana layer.

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