February 10, 2012

Classic Banana Pudding

It doesn’t get much better than banana pudding. Or banana puddin’ as we call it down here.

The Duke is the king of banana pudding. It’s requested by friends and family all the time for different events, most recently, for his cousin’s birthday. He makes it look oh so lovely, so I just had to snap some pictures when he made it a few weeks ago.

This is just the classic recipe on the Nilla Wafers box, but the Duke puts his own special spin on it. I promise…you’ll love it! It’s even better for breakfast the next day when it’s icy cold from the fridge. :)

Classic Banana Pudding

Recipe adapted from Nabisco


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 2/3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp.
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 box Nilla Wafers
  • 6 bananas, sliced into rounds


  1. In a large pot, stir together 1 cup sugar, flour, and salt. Whisk in milk and egg yolks. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly (the Duke recommends using a spatula for this step). When pudding starts to boil, cook for 1-2 minutes, or until thick. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  2. Pour a very thin layer of pudding in the bottom of a 2 quart glass casserole dish (just enough to cover the bottom). Spread 1/3 of the cookies over the pudding, then a layer of sliced bananas, then cover with 1/3 of the remaining pudding. Repeat layers, until all cookies and bananas are used, ending with pudding on top.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven heats up, beat egg whites with remaining 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Pour meringue over pudding and bake until meringue is golden brown; about 15 minutes.
  4. Eat room temperature or refrigerate until ready to serve and eat it cold (this is the best way!!).

The Duchess


  1. andie

    February 10, 2012 at 11:04 am — Reply

    Yum! I haven’t had banana pudding in so long! Have you ever had the paula deen recipe with the chessmen cookies? I craved it like mad when I was pregnant and my mom made it for me for easter. LOL

    But I do love some good ole fashioned banana puddin. MMMMM

  2. Erin

    February 10, 2012 at 11:11 am — Reply

    Love banana pudding!

  3. JT @The Faux Foodie Girl

    February 10, 2012 at 11:18 am — Reply

    yum! I must try it this weekend. I don’t why but I am tempted to add some rum into it….

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. The Waspy Redhead

    February 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    I haven’t had banana puddin since I was a little girl. Yum.

  5. Crystal

    February 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm — Reply

    I’m impressed. Way to go Duke!

  6. Nina

    February 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm — Reply

    We love banana pudding in this house!! This looks delicious.

  7. Amanda

    February 13, 2012 at 2:47 am — Reply

    I made old fashioned banana pudding exactly one time. Back when Fred and I were dating, I went with him to a family Fourth of July party. I wanted to impress them, so I thought fruit salad and banana pudding would be good contributions. I googled a banana pudding recipe and got, what seemed like, the most involved recipe on earth-I couldn’t believe people made it so often. I had to search everywhere in the grocery store for cream of tartar-and it blew my mind when it was actually a powder, not a cream!

    I was in for another surprise when Fred and went to make the meringue and realized we needed a hand mixer. We had to beat those egg whites with a whisk! We tag teamed it for an hour, tapping off like pro wrestlers when the other would shout “CRAMP!!” It was definitely an adventure. It brought me a lot of compliments, but now I make an easy one with a mix and sour cream and cool whip. I’m too traumatized to try it again!

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