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Classic Banana Pudding

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 15 minutes, with 4 hours in refrigerator

Cook time: 5 minutes

Servings: 8-10


  • 3/4 cup sugar plus 3 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 stick butter, cold, cut into small bits
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 50 or half an (11 oz) box vanilla wafers
  • 3 large or 4 bananas, small, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 cups heavy cream


1. To make the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar and 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the cornstarch and salt. Whisk in the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the milk until thoroughly combined.

2. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, bring the remaining 3 1/2 cups milk to a boil over medium- high heat. Whisking constantly, gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula, until a few bubbles rise to the surface and the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla.

3. Spread half the custard into a 13 by 9-inch baking dish and smooth the top. Top the custard with the vanilla wafers in a single layer. Place all of the sliced bananas on top of the wafers. Spread the remaining custard over the surface. Cover the surface entirely with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until thoroughly cooled and set, at least 4 hours.

4. When ready to serve, prepare the topping: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or using a handheld mixer, beat the cream and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar at medium high speed to medium peaks. Spread the whipped cream over the surface of the custard and serve.

Your mama will be so proud!