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Southern Banana Pudding

This is an old Southern recipe, featuring a comforting custard layered with bananas and vanilla wafers, then topped with a meringue. I serve it all year-round…it’s a nice ending to most any meal.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 36 vanilla wafers
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • MERINGUE:
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and flour. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  • Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot milk filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat; gently stir in butter and vanilla.
  • In an ungreased 8-in. square baking dish, layer a third of the vanilla wafers, bananas and filling. Repeat layers twice.
  • For meringue, beat egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over hot filling, sealing edges to sides of dish. Bake until meringue is golden, 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.

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