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Southern-Style Baked Banana Pudding

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"If you like banana cream pie, you'll absolutely love baked banana pudding. Not only is there no pie crust to mess with, but I think the vanilla wafer cookies pair even more perfectly with the fruit and custardy pudding. We want the bananas to match the texture of the custard-soaked cookies, so make sure you buy them a week beforehand. Other than that, not much can go wrong with this simple Southern classic."
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45 m servings 408
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 10-inch pan)


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  1. Separate eggs, placing the whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and the yolks into a saucepan.
  2. Add sugar, salt, and 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour to the yolks. Splash in about 1/4 of the milk and start blending mixture with a whisk. Pour in remaining milk and whisk until smooth.
  3. Cook and stir mixture over medium heat until hot to the touch, occasionally dipping your finger in to test. Whisk constantly until custard is thick enough to form ribbons.
  4. Remove custard from heat and add vanilla extract, banana liqueur, and cold butter. Whisk until butter dissolves. Set custard aside.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  6. Toss banana slices with lemon juice.
  7. Spread a quarter of the custard over the bottom of a baking dish. Add a single layer of vanilla wafers. Cover with 1/2 of the bananas and spread 1/2 of the remaining custard on top. Add another layer of vanilla wafers, using slightly fewer this time. Top with the remaining bananas and custard. Smooth the top and tap dish against the counter to settle the pudding.
  8. Add cream of tartar to the egg whites. Beat using the whisk attachment until foamy. Add sugar and beat until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Spread meringue over the pudding using a soft spatula, creating ridges for contrast.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven until meringue is nicely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Serve warm or chilled.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • For the traditional look, you can bake this in a clear oven-safe glass dish.
  • I think this is best served cold, but suit yourself!
  • Recipe adapted from Alton Brown's famous version.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 408 calories; 13.5 64.4 8.1 102 272 Full nutrition

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After 25 years of marriage, I have finally found a recipe that my hubby LOVES! Since it is difficult to eat the whole thing in one sitting, I divide it up into 3 Corelle 28oz pasta bowls. Thou...

Made this using pieces of home made rum cake I had in my freezer a month after easter, instead of the vanilla wafers. Everyone loved it. I actually don't care for the traditional banana pu...

Love it. However, I'll be doubling the recipe next. Not enough...yum!

I added more wafers and substituted the banana liqueur with banana extract.