Banana Pudding with Ladyfingers


Just before serving, top generously with piped-on whipped cream and top with sliced almonds, if desired.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 3 cups milk

  • 4 large eggs

  • 4 large egg yolks

  • cup white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 5 large ripe bananas

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 3 (3 ounce) packages ladyfingers


  1. Combine milk, eggs, and egg yolks in a medium saucepan over low heat. Beat well and heat until hot to the touch but not boiling, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  2. Combine sugar and salt in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Slowly add milk mixture, stirring frequently. Cook and stir, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until smooth and as thick as heavy cream, 8 to 10 minutes. Add butter, vanilla, and almond extract; stir until butter melts.

  3. Strain custard mixture through a sieve into a large bowl. Lay a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and place in the refrigerator until completely cooled, at least 2 hours.

  4. Slice bananas into 3/4-inch thick pieces. Place in a bowl and sprinkle with orange juice.

  5. Arrange 1/2 of the ladyfingers in the bottom of a trifle bowl. Arrange 1/2 of the banana slices over the ladyfingers and pour 1/2 of the cooled custard over top. Repeat layers once more. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute store-bought vanilla pudding but it won't be as good. You can substitute vanilla wafers or sponge cake for the ladyfingers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

405 Calories
14g Fat
60g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 284mg 95%
Sodium 197mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 60g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 152mg 12%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 530mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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