Sweet and Creamy Banana Pudding Recipe: A Delightful Dessert for Any Occasion

Banana pudding is a classic Southern dessert that is loved for its sweet, creamy texture and delicious banana flavor. This easy-to-make recipe combines layers of creamy pudding, fresh bananas, and vanilla wafers to create a dessert that is sure to please a crowd. Whether you’re serving it at a family gathering or a potluck dinner, this banana pudding is sure to be a hit!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 (12-ounce) box vanilla wafers
  • Whipped cream, for topping

Instructions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, flour, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth.
  2. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Gradually whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture to temper the eggs.
  4. Gradually whisk the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan. Return to heat and cook, whisking constantly, for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Let cool slightly.
  6. In a large bowl or trifle dish, layer the vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding mixture. Repeat layers, ending with pudding on top.
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.
  8. Before serving, top with whipped cream and additional banana slices, if desired. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • For a twist on this classic recipe, try adding a layer of sliced strawberries or crushed pineapple between the layers of pudding and bananas.
  • To save time, you can use store-bought pudding mix instead of making it from scratch. Just prepare according to package instructions and assemble as directed.
  • For an extra-special touch, sprinkle crushed vanilla wafers or toasted coconut on top of the whipped cream before serving.

Banana pudding is a comforting and delicious dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a sweet treat, this recipe is sure to please. Give it a try and see for yourself!

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