Southern Living Banana Pudding

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Many years ago, I was looking at photos of a banana pudding recipe featured in Southern Living magazine.  After adapting it to my liking, I stumbled upon the best southern living banana pudding style dessert that I have ever made!

Southern Living Banana Pudding Recipe

Have you ever eaten baked banana pudding? When I was growing up in the Midwest my mom made instant or cooked vanilla pudding with some bananas and vanilla wafers and we called it banana pudding.

No offense mom, but down south we bake our banana pudding and oh my word, it is fabulous!  My sister-in-law told me that it was the best one!  I’d have to agree and now this has become the only banana pudding recipe I make.

It is so rich a little bit goes a long way, and your mouth will be aching for more the taste is so good.  It is good at any time of the year, but for some reason, I tend to make it more in the fall.

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I recently made this for a fellowship lunch at Community Bible Study.  As I was making it, I realized that the first time around my camera technique wasn’t so great and I decided to take new pictures of it to remind you to put this on your fall baking list.

On top of that, I recently received an email from Pinterest informing me that this Southern Living Banana Pudding style recipe is one of the most viewed recipes making the rounds and being repinned globally!

I am really excited about this because this is an outstanding recipe. Even though it is best known by southerners in the United States, if you love bananas, if you adore a good homemade pudding, and sweet is your treat — you will love banana pudding.

For many folks, a southern living banana pudding brings memories of family dinners, laughter, conversation, and everyone patiently waiting for the banana pudding to be dipped into!

I hope you will take a look and see what all the Pinterest excitement is about!

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Southern Living Banana Pudding Ingredients

Southern Living Banana Pudding Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 oz.) package vanilla wafers
  • 6 large bananas, sliced and sprinkled with fruit fresh
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon banana extract

How to make Southern Living Banana Pudding

Combine the first 3 ingredients (sugar, flour, and salt) in a heavy saucepan.

sugar flour and salt

mixed 3 ingredients

Whisk together milk and egg yolks; stir into dry ingredients.

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Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until smooth and thickened.

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Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.

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Lots of bananas and vanilla wafers.  Arrange one-third of wafers in the bottom of a 3-quart baking dish.

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Slice 2 bananas; layer over wafers.

sliced banana

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Pour one-third of pudding mixture over bananas.  Repeat layers twice, arranging remaining wafers around outside of dish. (Photos shown are from second batch without side wafers.  This is optional, and I show a final of both ways at the bottom of this recipe post.)

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Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy.

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Add ⅓ cup sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes).

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Fold in banana extract; spread over pudding, sealing in the edge.

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Bake at 325 degrees F for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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I made a double batch! An over-full 9×13 pan for Community Bible Study and supper’s dessert for papa bear, mama bear, and grandma bear. 🙂

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I know better than to try and sneak a Banana Pudding out of the house past the Chief and my sous-chef dish-washing mom. Nabisco is now making mini vanilla wafers and I couldn’t resist using these little canning jars for our baked puddings!

Southern Living Banana Pudding Featured

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Also, have you tried my Award-Winning Pralines and Cream Banana Pudding?

Southern Living Banana Pudding

Southern Living Banana Pudding

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Homemade doesn't get any better than this Southern Living Banana Pudding style recipe. If you grew up living in the South, you know what I'm talking about with this delightful dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 oz.) package vanilla wafers
  • 6 large bananas, sliced and sprinkled with fruit fresh
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon banana extract

Instructions

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Whisk together milk and egg yolks; stir into dry ingredients. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until smooth and thickened.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  3. Arrange one-third of wafers in the bottom of a 3-quart baking dish. Slice 2 bananas; layer over wafers. Pour one-third of pudding mixture over bananas. Repeat layers twice, arranging remaining wafers around outside of dish.
  4. Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy.
  5. Add 1/3 cup sugar, one tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes). Fold in banana extract; spread over pudding, sealing in the edge.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees F for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

Pudding fits in 9" x 13" baking dish or 3 quart dish.

NOTE: Use Sweetened Condensed Milk NOT evaporated milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 67mg Sodium: 78mg Carbohydrates: 43g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 29g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 5g
Nutrition may vary depending on your exact ingredients.

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