Vanilla Pudding & Putting It All Together (Banana Pudding Part 2!)

Welcome to the second installment of the banana pudding experiment! The first installment featured vanilla wafers. This post is going to highlight how to make vanilla pudding, and of course- how to put the banana pudding together. My final product was far from pretty- but it was the most delicious banana pudding. I think that all of the work- making the wafers and pudding from scratch- is definitely worth it.

I know that a lot of people aren’t banana fans. You can easily make it sans bananas, or you could use pineapples instead. My father loves pineapples so next time I try this I am going to use pineapples in place of bananas.

Again- this half of the recipe is also courtesy of Alton Brown from his Good Eats episode on banana pudding. Slightly altered from the original! I was lacking lemon juice (which keeps bananas from going brown) and I was also way too lazy to whip cream for it, so I just used cool whip.

Ingredients (vanilla & banana pudding)

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter/margarine cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • vanilla wafers
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 container of cool whip


  1. Combine 3/4 cup of sugar, kosher salt, and cornstarch in a pot
  2. Add eggs and egg yolk- whisk to combine; then add the milk, whisk again
  3. Cook over medium-low heat until the temperature of the pudding reaches roughly 175°. At this point the mixture thickens and also bubbles around the edges.
  4. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter one piece at a time. Then whisk in the vanilla.
  5. Cover the surface of the pudding with a round piece of parchment paper and refrigerate about 2 hours.
  6. Spread some of the pudding in the bottom of a mixing bowl. Cover the layer of pudding with a layer of cool whip. Cover the pudding/cool whip with vanilla wafers and banana slices. Start again with the pudding and repeat until you have used all of your ingredients!
  7. Refrigerate again before serving.

ingredients for vanilla pudding

cornstarch & etc

whisking in all of the wet ingredients

side bubbles

thickened pudding

covered with parchment paper

ready to use!

layer of vanilla pudding

vanilla wafers

wafers & bananas


finished =/= very pretty


About Bethea

I am a 23 year old with an unruly muse! I'm constantly crafting in some form- baking, knitting, writing, etc.

Posted on April 8, 2011, in Dessert, Recipe and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. That would be awesome for a shower or picnic-type event! Looks great! 😀

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