Banana Pudding from scratch is the best way to enjoy this southern classic recipe.
Every once in a while a recipe really stumps me. Today I’m talking about a southern classic, banana pudding made from scratch. This just happens to be in my husband’s top 3 favorite desserts ever. I personally don’t care for bananas but I’ve wanted to make him this dessert for a while.
He wanted it from scratch with absolutely no pudding mixes involved. Friday I brought out all the ingredients and started following my grandmother’s banana pudding recipe from her cookbook. To no avail, I didn’t cook the pudding long enough and it just turned out to be a big watery mess.
Thank goodness for mothers.
Mine just happened to arrive Friday night and I immediately told her I would need help making banana pudding from scratch the next day. She had no choice except to say yes because I wouldn’t let her leave my house until I accomplished it.
I was in charge of pouring in the ingredients and taking care of the egg whites. Her task was to man the pot until we had a good thick pudding. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen my mom in the kitchen cooking (which is her favorite). Most of my readers know that my mom suffers from a pesky little tumor located in her brain. Almost two years ago she suffered a major stroke that has left her with paralysis on her right side. Cooking and gardening was a passion of hers and it was all taken away within minutes.
Seeing her stirring away at the pudding and giving me orders, made me feel like I was 5 years old again with my mom at my side telling me how to cook.
IT WAS THE BEST FEELING EVER. Don’t worry I documented it too with video.
This banana pudding from scratch recipe will always be a special memory for me and I can’t wait to teach my daughter how to make homemade pudding when the time comes.
ENJOY ~ Meagan
In a large sauce pan add milk, cornstarch, 1/3 cup sugar and salt. Bring to a boil and then stir in the egg yolks. Cook on medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the mixture is thick. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn’t stick. Remove from heat when thickened.
Beat egg whites in a large mixture until soft peaks start to form. Stir in vanilla and food coloring and beat until well mixed.
Fold in the egg white mixture into the pudding and place in a large bowl to chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Place 7 vanilla wafers in the bottom of each small mason jar. Add a couple spoonfuls of the pudding and then top with a few slices of banana. Add another spoonful of pudding and place back in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Beat all the ingredients in a large mixer for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Place a spoonful on top of banana pudding and top with a couple of crushed vanilla wafers.
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I’m sorry to hear about your mom, but I’m glad you got to share this great moment with her 🙂 Pudding is something I’ve never, ever made from scratch but now I definitely need to! It sounds delicious
This is such a beautiful story and dessert! So glad you got to spend this special time with your mom 🙂
Mmm…this looks delicious! I’ve never had pudding made from scratch, but that’s going to change soon 🙂
great story and recipe something to treasure for sure
i’m so sorry to learn about your mom’s brain tumor, but so glad you got to see her so happy, in her element! I made pudding from scratch for the first time last year and couldn’t believe how wonderful it was. This banana version looks amazing.
A great story (and a great recipe) — thanks for sharing both with us.
What a nice story, Meagan! And I love the presentation on these banana puddings!
Love your anecdote!
What a wonderful way to spend time with your mom! I wish mine lived closer and that we could spend more time in the kitchen together. Also, I love banana pudding – yum!
There is nothing more comforting or more delicious!!!
Lovely!!! Want.NOW 🙂
I confess that pudding is one of those things I have no idea how to make from scratch. I just open a package, but no more, I will make this.
I am so happy your mom was in the kitchen with you. It’s really good to hear that.
Love banana pudding!! This looks delicious. Your photos are gorgeous!
Nilla wafers! I used to eat those things like CRAZY when I was kid, that makes me love this so so much 🙂
looks delish! I’m definitely going to be making this recipe – my family love banana pudding! also, you made me tear up…
how wonderful that your mom was back in the kitchen with you!! Great memories 🙂 And this banana pudding looks like pure comfort food-and a truuue Southern classic! <3
Wowsers, that looks delicious!!! I haven’t had banana pudding in forever – this makes me want some!!
Banana pudding is such an amazing dessert, what is there not to like afterall?
♡…that’s all I have…
Could you please tell me how to make this lovely recipe in a 8×8 dish or 9×13 pan? Thanx for your response
When do you add the heavy cream?
You beat the heavy cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and splash of vanilla in a mixing bowl for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. This is your homemade whipped cream. Place a spoonful of whipped cream on top of banana pudding and top with some crushed vanilla wafers