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The Classic Banana Pudding Recipe

Try this easy-to-make dessert at home!
Prep Time2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, banana pudding
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp of kosher salt/salt
  • 4 bananas (sliced)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 and 3/4 cups of milk
  • 3 tbsp of unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces vanilla wafers (any brand)
  • 2 and 2/3 cup of coarsely crumbled wafers and some more for garnishing (optional)
  • whipped cream or meringue (as you prefer)

Instructions

  • To make banana pudding, in a large saucepan, mix together sugar, flour, and salt. Whisk them together till they combine properly. 
  • Thereafter, gradually pour in the milk and whisk it properly along with the blended mixture of salt, flour, and sugar. Continue to do so till you get a smooth consistency.
  • Now place the saucepan over medium heat and let the mixture thicken. Allow the milk mixture to heat up, stirring it regularly, until it develops a thick 'creamy-salad-dressing' consistency. Ensure it gently bubbles for about 12 to 15 minutes and do not forget to stir the mixture during this process.
  • Once done, remove the saucepan from the stove where it had been heating earlier. In a separate medium-sized bowl, place the 4 egg yolks and whisk them vigorously. While doing so, slowly pour in the milk mixture. Once done, pour in the mixture into a saucepan and allow it to heat over medium heat. This time, it will have a pale yellow shade and will have a consistency of something resembling heavy cream. Keep stirring the mixture over medium heat and allow it to cook this way for two more minutes before removing it from heat.
  • Now add in the vanilla extract and butter to the mixture until it is properly melted and mixed. At this point in time, the mixture will resemble a salad-dressing consistency and have a darker yellow shade.
  • It is now time to create the first cookie layer. Sprinkle half of the coarsely crumbled wafers into a 2-quart baking dish or a 6-ounce mason jar. Over this layer, place the banana slices. Thereafter, spread a layer of the warm pudding over the bananas. Repeat this entire process of layering one more time with the remaining wafers, banana, and pudding.
  • Now use a plastic wrap to cover the jars individually. Ensure you directly press the plastic wrap onto the pudding so that it doesn't form a skin on top. Put the jars/glasses with the plastic wrap in the refrigerator and allow it to cool for at least 2 hours. Once done, garnish it with whipped cream or meringue, or more crumbled cookies and bananas if you so desire. Enjoy!
    A glass with delicious banana pudding on table

Notes

  • Ideally, you should store the banana pudding jars covered in a plastic wrap for 48 hours in a refrigerator. To postpone the browning of the bananas you can sprinkle a mixture of water and lemon juice on the bananas before adding them to the pudding. 
  • To enhance the flavor of the pudding you can either caramelize the bananas or add chocolate shavings or shredded coconut to the pudding.