Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Dessert

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Dessert

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This Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Dessert takes me back to my childhood. It’s easy to put together and has the yummy layers of Vanilla Wafers, bananas, and homemade vanilla pudding, topped with whipped cream. 

Serving Banana Pudding in Dessert Trifles

Our grandsons love eating bananas so I try to always have them available when they come to visit. However, this also means that I often have ripened bananas on my table. I can always make banana bread with them, but this recipe provides me with another alternative. There is something very comforting about pudding desserts, don’t you agree? See my other Pudding Desserts Here.  

 

Ingredients for Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Dessert

  • granulated sugar
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • whole milk
  • large eggs (for egg yolks)
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • Princess Cake and Cookie Flavoring (Buy Here)
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • ripe bananas (four of them)
  • Whipped Topping (like Cool Whip)

 

A Note About Ingredients

When it comes to ingredients for this recipe, I tried various things. The first time I made this pudding dessert, I opted for a generic brand of Vanilla Wafers. And while they were quite a bit less expensive they were also darker along the edges and more crisp. Possibly too crisp, as they were still hard and crisp when I served the dessert. The second time I spent the big bucks for the Keebler brand. You follow your own needs. I will not judge you!

The bananas need to be ripened, but not necessarily overly ripened. You want the bananas to still have some firmness when you slice into them. You can get away with using softer bananas when making banana bread, but not in this recipe.

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I also experimented with some different vanillas for this pudding, and tried vanilla paste as well as the vanilla extract along with the Princess Cake and Cookie Flavoring. I think the latter provides a nice flavor with the bananas, but the vanilla paste was nice as well. See Recipes that Use Princess Cake and Cookie Flavoring.

Use your favorite whipped topping of choice. I used Cool Whip, simply because it was on sale during the holidays and I stocked up on it in my freezer. A generic brand would work just as well.

 

Instructions for Making This Recipe

Ingredients for this Recipe

Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

Peel and slice the bananas into 1/2″ slices.

Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.

Save the egg whites for making an omelet or Angel Food Cake. See Recipes that use Egg Whites Here.

Make the Vanilla Pudding

Whisk Together Egg Yolks, Sugar, Cornstarch and Salt

In a small saucepan, whisk together the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add in milk and egg yolks. Whisk together until well blended.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 4-6 minutes, until thickened.

Add Butter and Vanilla to the Thickened Pudding

Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla extract, and Princess Cake and Cookie Flavoring.

Assemble the Pudding Dessert

Line Baking Pan with Vanilla Wafers and Sliced Bananas

Line a 9-inch square or oblong pan with 2 cups of the Vanilla Wafers. Top with half of the sliced bananas.

Pour Half of the Vanilla Pudding over the Bananas

Pour half of the pudding over the bananas and carefully spread the pudding to the edges with a rubber spatula.

Repeat Layers and Spread Pudding to the Edges

Repeat layers with remaining wafers, banana slices, and pudding.

Top with whipped topping, spreading to cover the pudding. Loosely cover with plastic wrap or a lid, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

Serving Chilled Pudding in Oval Dish

This recipe will serve 8-10 people. Store leftovers in a covered container and refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.

See more Dessert Ideas Here. Browse Recipes with Bananas Here. 

 

Recipe for Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Dessert

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding Dessert

This Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding takes me back to my childhood. It's easy to put together and has the yummy layers of Vanilla Wafers, bananas, and homemade vanilla pudding, topped with whipped cream. 
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bananas, Princess Flavoring, Pudding, Vanilla Wafers
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Refrigerate: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 21 minutes
Servings: 10

Equipment

Stainless Wire Whisk
Mauviel Copper Pans
Rubber Spatula
Oval Bakers

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Princess Flavoring Emulsion optional
  • 4 cups Vanilla Wafers
  • 4 medium ripe bananas sliced
  • 8 oz Whipped Topping Like Cool Whip

Instructions

  • Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.

Prepare the Ingredients

  • Peel and slice the bananas into 1/2" slices.
  • Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
    Save the egg whites for making an omelet or Angel Food Cake.

Make the Vanilla Pudding

  • In a small saucepan, whisk together the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Add in milk and egg yolks. Whisk together until well blended.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 4-6 minutes, until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla extract, and Princess Cake and Cookie Flavoring.

Assemble the Pudding Dessert

  • Line a 9-inch square or oblong pan with 2 cups of the Vanilla Wafers.
  • Top with half of the sliced bananas.
  • Pour half of the pudding over the bananas and carefully spread the pudding to the edges with a rubber spatula.
  • Repeat layers with remaining wafers, banana slices, and pudding.
  • Top with whipped topping, spreading to cover the pudding. Loosely cover with plastic wrap or a lid, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Serves 8-10.

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg
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