First off, I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day! We certainly did. Stay tuned later in the week for a Memorial Day recap post + a recipe for an amazing Black Bean Salad. But for today, my attention is entirely focused on desserts. And not just any dessert. Homemade Banana Pudding. (aka the Perfect Summer Dessert). As a kid growing up in the South, banana pudding made frequent appearances at picnics, barbeques, and all sorts of family gatherings. Similar to the Old-Fashioned Biscuits I posted several weeks ago, Southern bakers and chefs are judged by their ability to make banana pudding. This Homemade Banana Pudding is fairly easy to make, and it is quite tasty! My wife and I exercised some serious self-control and made this dessert last several nights.
If you’ve never had Homemade Banana Pudding, then you are absolutely missing out. The boxed stuff is ok in a pinch, but the homemade version is SO much better! The banana flavor in the homemade version comes from real bananas, not any sort of flavor additive. The hardest thing about this recipe is waiting for it to cool in the fridge. And to make matters worse, the banana pudding will taste even better the next day once the flavors have melded overnight. I know, I know. I’m giving you the recipe for an amazing banana pudding, and then I’m telling you to make it and put it away for a day. But trust me. Your patience will pay off! I guess the silver lining here is that this is a good dessert to make the day before and then just pull it out when it’s time to serve. I like to finish this dessert by crumbling several fresh vanilla wafers on top right before serving. The vanilla wafers tend to get soft sitting in the fridge, so it’s nice to mix up the textures and add a crunchy topping. Then just top with fresh whipped cream and you’ve got a delicious dessert that will leave your family and friends begging for your “secret family recipe!”