Banana Pudding

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Banana Pudding

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Indulge in the creamy and comforting flavors of homemade Banana Pudding, a classic dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. Made with layers of vanilla pudding, ripe bananas, and crunchy vanilla wafer cookies, this dessert is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Why Try This Recipe:

This recipe offers a homemade twist on the beloved classic banana pudding, with a rich and creamy pudding base and layers of fresh bananas and cookies. With its simple ingredients and step-by-step instructions, you can create a delicious dessert that’s sure to impress.

Ingredients Summary:

For the Pudding:

  • 3 cups (710ml) half and half
  • 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
  • 3/4 cups (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (32g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp butter (unsalted or salted)
  • 1 (11 oz) pkg vanilla wafer cookies
  • 4 medium bananas
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

For the Whipped Topping:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Serving Suggestions:

Serve this delectable Banana Pudding chilled, straight from the refrigerator. It’s the perfect dessert for potlucks, picnics, or family gatherings. Enjoy it on its own or with a dollop of whipped cream on top for an extra indulgent treat.

Storage Info:

Any leftover banana pudding can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Be sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap or a lid to prevent it from absorbing any odors from the fridge.

Techniques or Tips:

  • When making the pudding, be sure to whisk constantly to prevent lumps from forming and to ensure a smooth texture.
  • Layer the cookies and bananas evenly in the dish to create a balanced dessert with each bite.
  • To prevent the bananas from browning, brush them lightly with lemon juice before layering them in the pudding.

Variation:

Feel free to customize this recipe by adding your favorite toppings or mix-ins. Try layering the pudding with chocolate chips, crushed nuts, or caramel sauce for a delicious twist on the classic dessert.

FAQs About Banana Pudding:

Q: Can I use store-bought pudding instead of making it from scratch? A: While homemade pudding is preferred for its rich flavor and creamy texture, you can use store-bought pudding mix as a shortcut if desired. Simply prepare the pudding according to the package instructions and proceed with layering the dessert as directed.

Q: Can I make this dessert ahead of time? A: Yes, you can assemble the banana pudding ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve. However, it’s best to wait until just before serving to add the whipped topping and any garnishes to ensure they stay fresh and crisp.

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