Last Updated on 20th April 2022 by
For years, people have enjoyed banana pudding – a traditional Southern treat. My favorite thing about banana pudding is that it’s not too sugary, so it doesn’t feel like your teeth will fall out after you’re done eating.
Banana pudding is one of those foods you know you’re going to make again the moment you try it. It was a match made in heaven because I fell in love at first bite! And if you’re a fan of banana pudding like I am, keep reading because I will give you some tips on preparing this yummy dessert!
How To Make Banana Pudding
Vanilla pudding, custard, or vanilla wafers are the main ingredients of Banana Pudding, a sweet and creamy dessert. At get-togethers and potlucks, this classic Southern dessert is frequently on the table.
To make banana pudding, you will need two cups of whole milk, one cup of all-purpose flour, one cup of sugar, three beaten egg yolks, one teaspoon of vanilla essence, and three or more sliced ripe bananas.
The first stage in preparing banana pudding is to prepare the pudding mixture by mixing 2 cups of milk with vanilla essence and stirring until thickened. Set aside, then slice three or more bananas and add them. Then spoon half the pudding mixture over the bananas, smoothing it down to a uniform layer. Finally, use a spatula to level out the pudding mixture’s top. Bake, serve, and enjoy!
How To Make Homemade Banana Pudding from Scratch
Did you know you can make banana pudding from scratch?
Yes, this simple, yummy dessert may be from scratch and in your home, and you’ll only need a few simple ingredients!
To make banana pudding from scratch in your home, combine the sugar and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Then, remove from the heat, set it aside for a few minutes, add the milk and the cream, and mix it in. Stir continually until the mixture thickens.
You can also add butter and vanilla extract after removing the pan from the heat. Add some whipped cream, crushed vanilla wafers, or banana slices on top of everything.
How To Layer Banana Pudding
Like layering lasagna, learning how to layer banana pudding is fun. Layers of vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and a thick, creamy vanilla pudding make the fantastic banana pudding.
To start, put down a layer of vanilla wafers or cookies at the bottom of the pan. We will work our way up by spreading a thick layer of pudding on top, followed by banana slices. Make careful to save a few bananas for the dessert’s garnish.
Pour half of the pudding mixture on top of the bananas. Another layer of cookies, bananas, and pudding is all that’s needed to complete the dessert. Add a final pudding layer to the top and repeat the process until you achieve the desired height. You may add some vanilla wafers and banana slices as well.
How To Make Banana Pudding With Vanilla Wafers
To make banana pudding with vanilla wafers, you will use layers of vanilla wafers, banana slices, and whipped cream on top to make this banana pudding recipe. Starting with the bananas, peel and slice them into tiny pieces. Then, refrigerate after placing them in a large bowl and covering them with plastic wrap. Combine all ingredients except the vanilla wafers in a medium bowl and stir well.
Stir regularly for 5 to 8 minutes until thickened and allow a few minutes for cooling. It would be best to line a baking dish with vanilla wafers and spread a half-dozen scoops of pudding on top. It would also help if you layered banana slices and half of the remaining cookies on top. Make as many layers as you want and enjoy.
How To Make A Banana Pudding Cake
I can give you a tip on how to make a banana pudding cake: your bananas must be ripe. Bananas that are too green or unripe won’t taste as excellent. If the banana has brown patches, you can still use them if it is not too overripe.
Before mixing your cake batter, you’ll need to pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. It’s now time to get your mixing bowl out and combine all those ingredients like the eggs, sugar, oil, flour, baking soda, and water.
In a separate basin, combine your buttermilk and vanilla extract. Pour the new mixture into the old one, and whisk until well combined. Bake it in the oven for around 30 to 35 minutes, let it cool, and then dish it up to your family or guests!
How To Keep Bananas From Turning Brown In Banana Pudding
We often need ripe or overripe bananas to make banana pudding because they give off a delightful aftertaste to the pudding. However, it isn’t easy to find ripe bananas, so if you have some, the trick is to keep bananas from browning in banana pudding.
To do this, brush the cut side of the banana slices with lemon juice first. If you like, you may substitute lime juice for lemon juice. The acid in lemon or lime juice halts bananas’ browning. After this, make your banana pudding as usual by creating the mixture and toppings.
How To Make Banana Pudding Without Bananas
We make a traditional banana pudding using bananas and vanilla wafers, but there are many more methods to create it. But did you know we can still make banana pudding without bananas?
I will give you a tip if you’re not a fan of the fruit or are seeking a substitute but still want to eat banana pudding. To achieve the most natural banana flavor, I suggest using either store-bought or homemade vanilla banana pudding mix in this dish.
If you don’t want to use a pre-made mix, you may make a thick custard by combining equal amounts of sugar and flour with egg yolks. Once you have the pudding base ready, you may add brandy extract or rum extract to your pudding foundation. These ingredients will substitute for bananas, but they can still give the same flavor. You may also use milk instead of cream if you like a milder flavor.
How Long Does Banana Pudding Last
Banana pudding is an excellent dessert since you can make it ahead of time. Some banana pudding recipes also call for the pudding to sit overnight before serving. I also love banana pudding because it may be refrigerated for up to three days if made ahead of time.
Homemade banana pudding can last for up to four days when refrigerated. However, I suggest you never freeze banana pudding since it will lose its original texture when it thaws. Freezing them will also make bananas turn brown, and the whipped cream will become runny.
Regardless of the occasion, the banana pudding will please! Its popularity is a testament to how many ways you can cook it and how it can satisfy a wide range of palates. Banana pudding also remains one of the healthiest desserts around and is also a good option if you’re attempting to lose weight and it tastes so good. Don’t be shy – try making your version of banana pudding now.
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