WS #34: Banana Pudding

We always have bananas, which somehow always find themselves in danger of going to waste.  I usually make banana muffins to salvage the bananas but a couple of weeks ago, to spare Hubby and Abby from yet another dozen or two of muffins, I decided to make something totally new and different…Banana Pudding!

I was beyond ecstatic after I was through with my banana pudding adventure.  For one, it was the first time I ever made a meringue topping.  I usually avoid recipes where I have to top my cakes with meringue.  I realize now that there’s no cause for fear.  Hee hee. ;)

I found the recipe here, and the recipe contributor, Patricia Mitchell, calls it The Best Banana Pudding. :)  I’m posting the recipe as well as a step by step photo tutorial of sorts. ;)  Enjoy!

Banana Pudding:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter (not margarine)
  • 4 egg yolks (large eggs or better)
  • box of Vanilla wafers
  • 6-8 ripe bananas

Meringue:

  • 4 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 375°F.

2.  Line the bottom of a 9″ x 9″ baking dish  (I used 8″ x 8″) with a layer of vanilla wafers. (This recipe will not use the whole box.)

3.  Peel the bananas and slice into 3/8-inch rounds.  Cover the banana slices with plastic wrap to keep them from darkening and quickly make your pudding.

4.  Combine the sugar, flour and salt in a bowl, and stir well to mix. Mash out any flour lumps with the back of your spoon. Set aside.

5.  In a heavy saucepan, beat the egg yolks well (just use a fork or whisk, but beat them well).

Over medium heat, add the flour mixture to the egg yolks, alternately with the milk and vanilla, stirring constantly.

Bring to a gentle boil and, when the mixture begins to thicken, add the butter, continuing to stir. Keep boiling and stirring until mixture reaches a nice pudding consistency. [Note: If you’re working with an electric cooktop, adjust the heat so that it’s hot enough to boil, but not so hot that the pudding scorches.] Remove from heat.


6.  Place a layer of banana slices in the baking dish on top of the vanilla wafers. Line the banana slices up edge-to-edge.

Pour, spreading as necessary, half of the pudding over the banana layer.

Put down another layer of vanilla wafers, another layer of banana slices, and cover with the remaining pudding.

(Note:  I only had 5 bananas and obviously, I needed more!  Be sure to have at least 6 bananas handy!)

7.  Beat the egg whites at high speed until they form soft peaks. Add the cream of tartar.

At high speed, gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form.

Fold the vanilla into the meringue, and spread the meringue over the pudding, sealing it at the sides of the dish.

8.  Bake in a preheated 375°F oven until meringue browns, 12 to 15 minutes, depending upon your oven.

This is how it looks like when sliced.

I found the banana pudding to be a little too sweet for me.  I think it’s due largely to the fact that the vanilla wafers are already sweet.  If and when I do this again, I will probably lessen the amount of sugar.

A slice of this will most definitely do damage to your diet. ;)  Hee hee.

I have another weekend snapshot entry, The Caped Ones.

Have a great week ahead!


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22 Responses to “WS #34: Banana Pudding”

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  2. I love to eat bananas, this will be a great dessert. Thanks.

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  3. Dora says:

    I’m ready with a plate and a fork…;p

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  4. cookie says:

    i want this..and i want this now!! :D

    thanks for the recipe..will definitely try it out.

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  5. Napaboaniya says:

    You’ve done a great job and it’s mouth watering just looking at it!

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  6. Kero says:

    that is delicious! i simply don’t like eating fresh banana.i like them cooked hem coo

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  7. tigerfish says:

    *drip drip*..sorry…it’s my saliva

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  8. arlene says:

    hmmm that’s really yummy for a sweet toother! i love bananas!

    happy Monday!

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  9. peachkins says:

    I really don’t have a knack for baking but i love eating baked goodies anytime!!

    My posts are here and here .

    Hope you can visit..

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  10. gen/entry says:

    wow i want to copy your recipe and try it myself. Nice and delicious dessert yummy.

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  11. ces says:

    deliciousness! gleng gleng! so sakto lang ang 12 mins or so to bake the whole thing? i am scared pa kc to make meringue, i tried once pero palpak haha!

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi Ces! Oo, I only baked it for 12 minutes. Happy na ako
    when the meringue turned brown. Natakot naman akong masunog!
    Hahaha! Pagnasa mood ka na, gawin mo rin ito pero cut
    the sugar in half, like JMom suggested! :) Mmmwah!

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  12. JMom says:

    This is big favorite at out house. I agree, the original recipe
    is too sweet. I had to cut the sugar down by half. My version is

    here.

    Great job on the meringue. It looks so delicious! Well the whole
    dish does. You just made me hungry. :)

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    munchkinmommy Reply:

    Hi JMom! Thanks! I just visited your banana pudding entry.
    It’s gorgeous! Sige, next time, I’ll reduce the amount of sugar
    to half-a-cup. :) Thanks again!

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  13. abby says:

    looks good weng, i might just try this too! :)

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  14. Jeanne says:

    hmmm delicious, perhaps one day i’ll try this

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  15. Pinky says:

    This will definitely make all of us “go bananas” in the house – it looks so perfectly delicious!!!!

    How I wish we were just neighbors so that ready na yung “take home Tupperware” everytime you whip up goodies like these – hahaha! :lol:

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  16. Megan says:

    This looks amazing. I love the meringue on top!

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  17. Jason says:

    Looks unbelievably good! Saving this one to try on thanksgiving.

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  18. Ricardo says:

    looks amazing and tasty, but I agree looks a little too sweet, I might have been tempted to addto the banana layer some sliced oranges.

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