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Old Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

Old fashioned, homemade banana pudding recipes are hard to improve on. Creamy vanilla custard, sweet bananas, and crunchy vanilla wafers are layered to make a home-style, comforting dessert. In this version I add stiffly beaten egg whites to the custard to give it a bit more lightness.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 14- oz cans evaporated milk
  • 4 egg yolks , room temperature and whisked smooth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut in chunks
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 egg whites , room temperature
  • 4 medium , ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 (12-ounce box) vanilla wafers


  • Mix together sugar, flour, and cornstarch.
  • Slowly add milk, whisking until well blended.
  • Microwave on high for about nine minutes until the mixture thickens, whisking every few minutes.
  • Add a little of the hot mixture to the egg yolks, whisking constantly.
  • Add the yolks back into the pudding, whisking constantly to keep the eggs from curdling.
  • Put back into the microwave and cook for 2 more minutes, whisking a couple of times.
  • Remove from heat and add the butter. Whisk until it is mixed well.
  • Stir in the vanilla.
  • Cool.
  • Meanwhile, mix the cream of tartar and egg whites in the bowl of a mixer. Beat until soft peaks form.
  • Slowly add the sugar while beating and beat until they are glossy and thick.
  • Add 1/3 of the egg whites into the pudding and fold in gently.
  • Add the remaining egg whites and fold in thoroughly until the two mixtures are completely mixed.
  • Starting with the pudding, add a layer to the bottom of the serving dish.
  • Top with vanilla wafers.
  • Top with sliced banana.
  • Add more pudding and repeat the layers, ending with the pudding.
  • Sprinkle the top with cookie crumbs before serving.
  • I like to sprinkle sugar on banana slices and caramelize them with a torch to add to the top before serving, too.