This Homemade Southern Banana Pudding is a classic dessert…and it’s super easy to make! It’ll leave your family and friends begging for your “secret family recipe!”
As I think back on my childhood, there are several desserts and snacks that come to mind. A slightly toasted slice of my mother’s banana bread on a Spring morning. A chocolate cake with fudge icing for Summer picnics. A batch – or 4 – of snowball cookies during the holidays. And then there was the Southern Banana Pudding.
Banana pudding is seriously one of my all-time favorite desserts. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, then you know I have a sweet tooth. I love to bake, and I enjoy a sweet treat after dinner. However, I usually have really good self control around desserts. I say usually because self control goes out of the window when we’re talking about banana pudding (aka the Perfect
Summer Year-Round Dessert)!
As a kid growing up in Charleston, SC and later Raleigh, NC, this banana pudding made frequent appearances at picnics, barbeques, and all sorts of family gatherings. As with biscuits, Southern bakers and chefs are judged by their ability to make banana pudding. If you can’t make a good banana pudding or a buttery golden biscuit, well then you better go back to the kitchen and stay there until you learn!
Homemade Southern Banana Pudding
The good thing about this Southern Banana Pudding is it’s actually really easy to make. You simply make the pudding and layer it with bananas and vanilla wafers. It goes off to the fridge overnight, and the next day you just top the whole thing with whipped cream. *Boom* *Done and done*
You might be surprised to learn that the banana flavor in this Southern Banana Pudding comes from real bananas, not any sort of flavor additive. I remember I was shocked when I first learned how to make this recipe. “Ok, I see the sliced bananas, but what about the banana pudding?” That’s where the overnight rest comes in! The flavors from the bananas and the vanilla pudding will meld together overnight, and the next day you have one heck of an awesome dessert! Plus, even though this recipe is super easy to make, folks are usually quite impressed when you show up with homemade banana pudding.
I like to finish this dessert by crumbling several fresh vanilla wafers on top right before serving. The whole vanilla wafers will get soft sitting in the fridge, so it’s nice to mix up the textures and add a crunchy topping. Once you add in the fresh whipped cream, you’ve got a delicious dessert that will leave your family and friends begging for your “secret family recipe!” I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do – it’s a staple in our house!
Did you make a batch of this Homemade Southern Banana Pudding at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Homemade Southern Banana Pudding
- 2 cups whole milk divided
- 1 cup half-and-half
- ½ cup sugar divided
- 4½ Tbsp cornstarch
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 large bananas sliced
- vanilla wafers
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp confectioner's sugar
- Using a heatproof mixing bowl, add 1 cup of milk, half-and-half, ¼ cup of sugar, cornstarch and egg yolks; stir until well combined. Set mixture aside.
- Using a small saucepan, add remaining cup of milk and remaining ¼ cup of sugar. Place over medium heat, stirring often, until milk begins to simmer.
- Slowly pour hot milk into bowl with the egg yolks, stirring constantly while you pour.
- Return entire mixture to saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla extract.
- Layer the sliced bananas, pudding and vanilla wafers in a large serving dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Before serving, whip together the heavy whipping cream and confectioner's sugar until stiff. Spread whipped cream on top of the banana pudding and garnish with additional crumbled vanilla wafers. Serve cold.
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