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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.
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.