Have you ever made banana Pudding from scratch? My Granny had the Best Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe ever and I can’t wait to share it with you today!
When I was growing up, our Granny lived eight hours away, which was just far enough that we usually only got to see her 1 or 2 times a year. (Once at Christmas, when we would make the drive to visit her and the rest of our family and usually one other time during the year when she would come stay with us for about a week.)
Of course she’s gone now, but whenever we reminiscence about her, one subject always comes up: Granny’s homemade banana pudding. Our entire family loved her pudding so much! She would make it for us every time she visited and always made a triple batch. You better have made sure you got a bowl as soon as she made it, because it was always gone by the next day. (Nobody would ever confess to eating all the pudding. We used to joke that someone must have broken in and eaten it!)
It’s not the actual pudding recipe that’s special. (She used a standard vanilla pudding recipe.) Granny had a secret addition that made the pudding extra light and fluffy and oh so good. This recipe has been around awhile. (She got it from her mother, and my Granny was born in 1916.) Her secret addition was to fold meringue into the pudding as well as adding it to the top.
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled (I didn’t double it today, since I did not want that much pudding sitting around, calling my name.)
Just an FYI, this recipe is still delicious if you choose to leave out the meringue. It’s totally up to you!
Granny’s Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3 tbs cornstarch
- 3 cups of milk
- 4 beaten Safest Choice™ Pasteurized eggs yolks (save the whites for the meringue) (Safest Choice Eggs are pasteurized in the shell eggs, so you don’t have to worry about the risk of Salmonella in eggs.) Want to try these eggs? Grab a coupon here.
- 1 tbs butter
- 2 tsp of good quality vanilla
- box of vanilla wafers and 2 to 3 bananas
- 4 Safest Choice egg whites (bring your egg whites to almost room temp – cold eggs will not whip well)
- 4 tbs sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
1. In medium saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thick and bubbly
2. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
3. Gradually stir 1 cup of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks.
4. Return all of the egg mixture to the saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat, cook and stir for 2 more minutes.
5. Remove from heat, stir in butter and vanilla.
6. Transfer pudding to a large bowl and cover the top of the pudding with plastic wrap. (the plastic wrap should sit right on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming on the pudding.)
8. In your serving bowl, add a layer of vanilla wafers to the bottom and one layer around the side (standing up.) Add a layer of sliced thinly sliced bananas.Meringue:
1. While the pudding is cooling, Place the egg whites into a large, tall bowl and set your mixer to medium-high speed, begin beating the egg whites.
2. Once the egg whites are forming soft peaks, add the sugar, 1 tbs at a time and beat for another minute.
3. Slowly add the vanilla and continue beating until you have stiff peaks. (The meringue is done when it is not runny and when you can hold a spoonful of it upside down and none of it drops off. Also when you swirl a spoon through it and the swirls hold their shape.)
4. Gently fold half the meringue into the pudding, until it is thoroughly combined. This is how it looks as you are folding it in.
5. Add half the pudding mixture to the serving dish.
6. Add another layer of vanilla wafers and bananas. (I always like to put the wafers around the sides of the bowl too. )
7. Add the rest of the pudding and more vanilla wafers around the side (push them down into the pudding.)
8. Top the pudding with the rest of the meringue and lightly brown the meringue in a 375 degree oven.
Cool and serve. Store any leftovers in the fridge. (Pudding is even better the next day…)
Do you have any old family recipes to share? I would love to see them! Feel free to leave a link in the comments.