I can't stand those instant banana puddings. This one is old and authentic!

Pat
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Line the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate with a layer of alternating vanilla wafer crumbs and banana slices.

  • To Make Pudding: In a medium saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups sugar with flour. Mix well, then stir in half the milk. Beat egg yolks and whisk into sugar mixture. Add remaining milk and butter or margarine.

  • Place mixture over low heat and cook until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour half of pudding over vanilla wafer and banana layer while still hot.

  • Make another layer of alternating vanilla wafers and banana slices on top of pudding layer. Pour remaining pudding over second wafer and banana layer.

  • To Make Meringue: In a large glass or metal bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, continuing to beat until whites are stiff. Spread meringue into pie pan, making sure to completely cover pudding layer.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, just until meringue is browned. Chill before serving.

Nutrition Facts

504 calories; 12.8 g total fat; 84 mg cholesterol; 194 mg sodium. 92.1 g carbohydrates; 7.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2007
This is the best homemade pudding my husband and I have ever tasted...but please reduce your sugar...I find 1/2 c. sugar to 2 c. whole milk provides just the perfect backdrop for the eggs and vanilla extract to show off their flavors. Oh my goodness, it is really that good!!! My husband and I also think the dish could use more pudding, so next time we will increase milk to 3 c., and adjust sugar accordingly. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/01/2011
Pudding had no banana flavor at all. It just taste like cornstarch. I think a recipe using flower would be better. also you should use banana extract. Read More
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362 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 230
  • 4 star values: 72
  • 3 star values: 28
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 20
Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2007
This is the best homemade pudding my husband and I have ever tasted...but please reduce your sugar...I find 1/2 c. sugar to 2 c. whole milk provides just the perfect backdrop for the eggs and vanilla extract to show off their flavors. Oh my goodness, it is really that good!!! My husband and I also think the dish could use more pudding, so next time we will increase milk to 3 c., and adjust sugar accordingly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2007
This is the best homemade pudding my husband and I have ever tasted...but please reduce your sugar...I find 1/2 c. sugar to 2 c. whole milk provides just the perfect backdrop for the eggs and vanilla extract to show off their flavors. Oh my goodness, it is really that good!!! My husband and I also think the dish could use more pudding, so next time we will increase milk to 3 c., and adjust sugar accordingly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2005
Yum!! I usually use the recipe on the vanilla wafer box but I didn't have the wafers yet so... I doubled the recipe (because I like extra...I'll share that in a minute). I added about 1/2 tsp salt. I cut back on the sugar to 3/4 cup (1.5 cup for double recipe). Cooked on med.hi. heat in a double boiler until it thickened (be patient and make sure to cook at high enough heat but not too high). When done I poured 1/2 of pudding into a bowl and added the vanilla (2 tsp) and chill before making the banana pudding hot pudding has always made my wafers mushy. The other half of the pudding stayed in the double boiler on low heat and got a good dollop of semi-sweet chocolate chips they melt quickly and VOILA! Delicious chocolate pudding!! Since this is a sweet pudding even with the sugar cut back bittersweet chocolate chips (or cocoa powder) would be good. I'll put this one in my recipe file hopefully my family will carry on the YUMMM.;-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2003
If i can be honest a moment, this is by far the best rendition of banana pudding yet. I give u 2 thumbs up w/5 stars...very good recipe. You're taking me back when things were just plain and sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2008
I thought heaven had felled in my mouth when i made this pudding.iI was so good but i did change it a little.I didn't used the 2 c of whole milk.I used 1 c carnation milk 3/4 c of 2%milk and the rest in heavy cream to measure 2 c of milk.I did as other reviewer suggested in decreasing the sugar.I used 3/4 instead of 1 1/2 c of sugar.I believe i cooked the pudding on medium for the 1st 5 min and then decrease the temp to low for the rest of the 10 min whisking frequently in the 15 minutes.Adding cornstarch at the end to thickened it up.And then however i let the pudding refrigerate for 1hr 30 min.Once it firmed up i took it out of the frig. Layer my pan with vanilla waffer add the banana in then the pudding.And i continue that untill it reach the top i didn't do a meringue topping i just place crushed vanilla waffer on top.This was my first attempt at making an homeade banana pudding becasuse i always opted for the easy instant jello way out.But i'm through with instant pudding mix this will be my one and only banana pudding recipe.Thanks a million for such a delish pudding.Yummy Yummy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2006
Very good pudding but cut the sugar to 3/4 cup. I like to dip the bananas in lemon juice and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. And the last change is to the meringue I use 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2007
This is how my Granny made it....I only changed a couple of things. I used all the sugar-I have a BIG sweet tooth-But as my grandma used to do it instead of meringue I put one more layer of Nilla Wafers on top and served it warm. I also used Mini Nilla Wafers so my children could enjoy it-They bounced off the walls for hours! I will definately make this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2007
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who is a "pudding snob"- I can not stand instant pudding, and prefer to not eat the boxed stuff at all. I agree it's a good idea to cut back on the sugar and throw in a pinch of salt. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2007
My family loved this Banana Pudding Pie. I did cut back on the sugar and will cut back some more the next time. I like this site because you can review what others have experience and make the changes for a good dish. Overall I loved it! Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/30/2007
I thought this was good. I did reduce the sugar like some of the others (which I am glad I did) But in the meringue I followed someones suggestion of 2/3 instead of a 1/2 cup (I believe) DON'T DO THIS! KEEP IT THE ORGINAL AMOUNT OF SUGAR OR A LITTLE LESS. It turned out way to sweet! But I did add Vanilla and cream of tartar (which I don't think was a bad idea). If I had of just added those 2 things and did not add more sugar to meringue the recipe would of been great. Next time I will know better:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/01/2011
Pudding had no banana flavor at all. It just taste like cornstarch. I think a recipe using flower would be better. also you should use banana extract. Read More
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