Old Southern-Style Banana Pudding: The Heart of Puddings

Impress with This Creamy, Dreamy Southern Delight

Treat your friends to the ultimate Southern dessert experience with this old-fashioned banana pudding recipe. Layered with ripe bananas, crisp vanilla wafers, and a rich, creamy custard, topped with a fluffy meringue, this pudding is a crowd-pleaser that brings comfort and joy to any gathering.


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 45 vanilla wafers
  • 5 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for meringue)


  1. In a saucepan, mix 3/4 cup sugar, flour, and salt. Stir in the egg yolks and milk, blending well.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Spread a small amount of the custard on the bottom of a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Layer with vanilla wafers, banana slices, and custard. Repeat the layers, ending with custard on top.
  4. In a clean bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
  5. Spread the meringue over the custard, sealing the edges.
  6. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10-12 minutes or until the meringue is golden brown.
  7. Chill for a few hours before serving.

This banana pudding is a true Southern gem that’s sure to win over your friends with its delightful flavors and textures. Enjoy your culinary adventure into Southern cooking!

Carina De Villiers

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