Southern Banana Pudding

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Easy Banana Pudding

2 small (3.4-oz.) boxes instant vanilla pudding

3 1/2 cups whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

40-50 vanilla wafers

4-5 bananas, sliced

1 8-oz carton cool whip, thawed


Add pudding mix to a medium bowl or stand mixer then pour in milk. Add vanilla then beat with an electric mixer for two minutes. Let mixture rest 1 minute or until it begins to thicken.


Line the bottom of a 2-quart dish with vanilla wafers. Note: I doubled this recipe to make the banana pudding pictured in this post. If you want to make yours in a trifle dish like I did (with the cookies standing up like this) you’ll need to double the recipe too. Otherwise just place the cookies flat on the bottom of your dish.


Pour half of the pudding on top of the cookies. Arrange a single layer of banana slices over the pud-ding. Spoon half of the cool whip over the bananas. Repeat these layers starting with cookies and ending with cool whip.


Cover and refrigerate at least six hours or until cookies are soft and cake-like. Garnish with crushed vanilla wafers before serving if desired.



Homemade Traditional Banana Pudding

2/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 eggs, separated

3 cups whole milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

40-50 vanilla wafers

4-5 bananas, sliced


Mix sugar, flour, salt, egg yolks and milk in a double-boiler. Cook over boiling water, stirring constantly, until thickened (about 10-14 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.


Line the bottom of a 2-quart dish with vanilla wafers. Pour half of the pudding on top of the cookies. Arrange a single layer of banana slices over the pudding. Repeat these layers starting with cookies and ending with bananas.


Prepare meringue (recipe below) and spoon over bananas going all the way to the edge of the dish to “seal” it. Place dish in oven and broil on low until meringue is lightly browned.


Cover and refrigerate at least six hours or until cookies are soft and cake-like.


Meringue

4 egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/3 cup sugar


Add egg whites and cream of tartar to a medium bowl or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Beat egg whites until foamy and then gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.