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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Homemade Banana Pudding #SundaySupper

    As I sit here typing this, I have some blackberry cobbler bars that are overflowing in the oven.  It smells like smoke and it is too late to do much about it other than silently curse myself and wait for the oven to cool and clean up the mess.  
     I am kicking myself for getting a little too liberal with my changes to the recipe.  But even more so, I am kicking myself for adding those two extra cups of berries at the end.  Because they were so fresh and pretty straight off the bush.  Because the bars just looked like they needed a few more.  Because I just couldn't help myself and it seemed like the right thing to do.  

The pan had another story to tell.

Banana pudding will never do that to you, my friends.


Banana pudding is the safe hug I need after such a disaster!


     I don't know why, but banana pudding is just one of those desserts that I think of as the classic old fashioned, but never out of style, desserts.  It is creamy and delicious, easy and fun.  Plus it is full of 'nilla wafers and bananas, two iconic foods of childhood! So when I saw Coleen from the Red Headed Baker was hosting a Nostalgic Summer Recipes event, I knew immediately what I should make.

    I love how simple banana pudding is.  Just a creamy vanilla custard, sliced bananas and vanilla wafers allowed to comingle for long enough that everything takes on a little of the other's flavor and the texture is creamy and delicious.  You can certainly save yourself a little work and whip some cream to go on top.  I thought it would be fun to bake a meringue disk and break it into pieces to top the pudding.  My siblings really enjoyed that touch.

Homemade Banana Pudding

Ingredients:

4 T flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
pinch of salt
4 large egg yolks (you can use the whites for the meringue)
3 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 box vanilla wafers
5-6 large bananas

For the meringue (or you could use whipped cream to top it):

4 egg whites, at room temperature
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp corn starch
1 tsp vanilla


  1. If you are making the meringue, you will want to do it the night ahead. Preheat the oven to 350 F and place a sheet of parchment on a baking sheet.
  2. Stir together the corn starch and sugar and set aside.
  3. Mix the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until they are foamy.  Turn the mixer to high and begin to whip.  Slowly add in the sugar/corn starch mixture until completely incorporated.
  4. Once you have stiff peaks and the vanilla and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Spread about an inch thick on the parchment paper. 
  6. Place in the oven and immediately drop the temperature to 250 F.  Bake for 1 hour and 25 minutes.  Then turn off the oven, but do not open it.  Leave to cool completely in the oven.  Then remove from the parchment paper and wrap tightly until ready to use. 
  7. To make the pudding, combine flour, sugar and salt in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. 
  8. Beat together egg yolks and cold milk.  Add a couple of tablespoons to the flour mixture and whisk.  Add a few more and whisk.  This will help prevent clumps.  Slowly add remaining milk mixture, whisking as you do until combined.  
  9. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it is thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 
  10. Place a layer of 1/3 of the vanilla wafers on the bottom of your serving dish.  Cover with a layer of half of the sliced bananas. Add half of the pudding mixture.  Repeat with a layer of vanilla wafers, bnanas, pudding and ending with vanilla wafers. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. 
  11. Place broken pieces of meringue on top when ready to serve, or top with whipped cream. 
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35 comments:

  1. Absolutely a classic!! My daddy's favorite! If I was with him today it's what I'd make. Husband requested strawberry shortcake but he'd love those blackberry cobbler bars. Blackberries are his favorite. Hope it wasn't too much trouble cleaning up the oven. I hope you get to enjoy a wonderful day celebrating the awesome men in your life, Heaven knows they're going to be drooling over your meal and I'm wishing I had a bowl of that banana pudding with my coffee this morning, ha ha

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    1. Strawberry shortcakes are one of my favorites too! Our blackberry bushes are going crazy right now, so we have been picking daily. Luckily the oven wasn't too bad, but it was enough to set off the smoke detector. Matt came in to me standing on a chair waving a magazine at it to keep it from waking Jax up because I couldn't reach it to take it down! So we got to open the windows and turn on the fans so the house wouldn't stink for the party we were hosting the next day! It's a funny memory now but it was past my bedtime when it was all happening, so my sense of humor wasn't so good at the time! ;-)

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  2. The meringue is such a great touch. All those textures are fabulous--smooth creamy pudding, wafer cookies and crispy meringue. Really a beautiful recipe. Looks great.

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    1. Thank you! It was the perfect ending to our impromptu BBQ. I love having an excuse to make dessert!

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  3. Oh, my gosh! That IS meringue crumbled up on top---my family would adore this twist! What a fabulous treat!!!

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    1. It was fun to have that added texture on top. Of course I love whipped cream too, but we really enjoyed it this way!

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  4. This is a favorite at our house and such a total summer tradition! I love this and now I need to whip up a batch!

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    1. Luckily it is easy to do! This batch disappeared fast, I am sure yours will too!

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  5. Adding that crunchy meringue is genius, Carlee! Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! It was a lot of fun to do it that way! Normally I would have gone with whipped cream, but everyone enjoyed the texture of the meringue on top.

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  6. Your blog has such wonderful recipes! One of my go-to recipe sites :)

    Blessings,
    Edye | Http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, that is really sweet!

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  7. This sounds so good! I absolutely love the idea of the broken meringue topping!

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    1. I thought the meringue was a fun twist too. Thanks you!

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  8. Baking disasters can lead to great alternate choices! Like this tasty pudding!

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    1. It's funny how life works sometimes, huh? Pudding is always a good option in my book!

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  9. Isn't it comforting to have a recipe that never let's you down? As a fellow foodie i tend to tinker with the recipes too - sometimes it's goos and sometimes - well....bananna pudding is such a blast from the past. We never made it for some reason. probably because always the featured dessert as my BFF's house. Love your presentation, it's gorgeous!

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    1. I guess the wins wouldn't be as exciting if there weren't a few failures along the way! It is funny how certain types of treats become somebody's "thing" and it deters you from making them. My mom is the ice cream maker in the family, so I never make ice cream (which is probably a good thing because I have no self control with the stuff!)

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  10. Banana pudding is one of my all times FAVES! I agree with you, it will never go out of style. How could something that delicious ever go out of style?? :-)

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    1. It's impossible! Or at least I would never care if it did, I would make and eat it anyway!

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  11. Wow Carlee this sure looks good!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J. :)
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie

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  12. What a GREAT summer dish! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my AMAZING Facebook Group with over 300 Members to share easy craft projects and recipes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  13. Perfect summer treat. I think the meringue pieces are a lovely crunchy touch to the banana pudding. Thanks for hosting #ThrowbackThursday.

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    1. Thank you! We loved the meringue on top. And thanks for partying with us.

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  14. Hi Carlee, I seriously cannot keep up with the amount of recipes I want to try. It's insane! I have egg whites sitting in the fridge waiting to be turned into meringue and vanilla wafers remind me of childhood (mine and my own children's).

    xx

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    1. My stack of ideas and things to try is getting almost overwhelmingly thick! Oh well, it is fun even if we never get to them all, right?! Thanks, Debbie!

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  15. Banana pudding really takes me back to childhood. This was one dessert all of us kids could agree on! YUM! I really love the meringue disk pieces on the top, it looks great and I'm sure it tasted that way too! Love your creativity.

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    1. Thank you! I hate wasting half of the eggs, so it seemed like the right thing to do. We really loved how it turned out. Meringue is underrated!

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  16. I've never had banana pudding with meringue on top. That sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing with the Tips and Tricks Link Party.

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    1. We normally go with whipped cream, but the meringue just seemed like the right way to go this time! It turned out really well. I liked the added texture and made the pudding a bit more memorable!

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  17. I make banana pudding now and then but I've never seen one with a meringue topping like that! I like it!!

    Mollie

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    1. It was a first for me too, but we really liked how it turned out! We love it with whipped cream but it was fun to do something a bit different!

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