Homemade Banana Pudding

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Homemade vanilla pudding with bananas and vanilla wafers


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk (I’ve used both whole and 2% with good results)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened or cut into small bits
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For assembly:
  • 1 large ripe banana, peeled and sliced
  • about 2030 vanilla wafer cookies


  1. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and cold milk in a pot. Whisk thoroughly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add the egg yolks and whisk again to combine well.
  3. Add the butter and turn the heat to medium.
  4. Stir constantly until the mixture just begins to bubble (see video). This will take about 5 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer another 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  6. By now it should be thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Set aside.
  7. Layer half the cookies and half the banana slices in the bottom of a 1 1/2 quart dish (or an 8×8 cake pan).
  8. Top with half the pudding, more bananas and/or cookies, and the rest of the pudding.
  9. Top with cookies or lay a piece of plastic wrap right over the top of the pudding and refrigerate for 4-8 hours.
  10. Add more crispy cookies on top when you serve it.

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