Old Fashioned Banana Pudding #SundaySupper

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Some people may say I’m old fashioned.

I always dress up. Even when I’m just going to the grocery store. In fact, other than my tennis shoes that are just for working out, I only own heels. I’m all about wearing skirts and doing my hair and makeup and looking presentable every time I leave the house.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Writing cards and thank you notes is one of my favorite things to do. And I’m not talking about emailed ones. I love having a pen in my hand and writing out an actual card that gets a stamp (and usually stickers) before being sent off in the mail box to the people who mean the most to me.

I take pictures with my actual camera. Yes, I love my camera phone. It is so useful when I’m out and about and don’t have my camera with me. But when I want awesome pictures before, during, or after an event, I use my camera. It’s not just for taking food photos.

And I love old fashioned foods. Pecan pie. Apple pie. Sugar cookies. Vanilla cake. Banana Pudding. I’ll take any of these things over cookie butter any day.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Speaking of old fashioned foods, I made Banana Pudding for today’s Old Fashioned Sunday Supper because Mom always talks about how her Aunt Rose made it when she was a kid. I’d never had banana pudding until I made this. How did I wait so long??? It is a delightful combination of homemade vanilla bean pudding, ripe bananas, and Nilla Wafers.

Together the flavors and textures blend together perfectly. Mom and Dad loved it – I think it brought them back to childhood. I really liked it, but I think I would have liked it better with homemade vanilla wafers – no surprise there. All in all though, it’s another old fashioned recipe I’m glad to have in my repertoire.

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings


¾ cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

2 cups milk (I used almond, use what you love)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cubed

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

4 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch slices

Juice of 1 lemon

50-60 Nilla Wafers


In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in egg and egg yolk. Whisk in milk until fully combined, about 30 seconds. Place the pan over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to bubble and thickens considerably. Think about what consistency you would like pudding to be.

Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the butter, 1 piece at a time, making sure each piece is incorporated before adding another. Whisk in the vanilla bean paste.

Pour the pudding into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, placing the plastic directly on the surface of the pudding. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

After the pudding has chilled, combine the sliced bananas and lemon juice in a bowl.

In a medium sized glass bowl, place a small portion of pudding. Cover with a layer of Wafers, followed by a layer of bananas, and a layer of pudding. Continue until you have used all the bananas, Wafers, and pudding. Be sure to end with a layer of pudding. Decorate the top with a few more Wafers. Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Pudding may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Recipe adapted from Alton Brown Additional chilling time is necessary


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  1. Being old fashioned about certain things can definitely be a good thing! And some of the old fashioned foods you mentioned are some of my favorites as well. Can’t go wrong with a big scoop of homemade banana pudding, that’s for sure!

  2. This is another retro dessert that Grumpy reminisces about. I was all about banana cream pie (my nanny made a pretty mean one!) and never have had this. I really should surprise Grumpy and make this for him!

  3. Debbie Eccard says:

    I love my “Thank You Notes” from you… You always write the perfect one too! (Oh, I think I owe you and your mom one from Christmas! Not good like you) And I remember this too from Aunt Rose who I am named after (middle name). Your’s looks delicious!

  4. If you were my neighbor, but hubby would be at your door with an empty plate and a spoon! What a terrific pudding and great retro recipe!

  5. I love your sense of old-fashionedness! Seriously, it’s classy. I can hardly get myself to throw my hair in a ponytail before I slouch out to the store on some days! Especially if it’s to buy something for banana pudding–LOVE this stuff. Happy Sunday!

    • Thanks, Ala! Well, working from home also helps. When I go out, I have pent up demand to do my makeup 😉

  6. What a lovely dessert! I don’t think I’ve had banana pudding before, and it looks like a perfect old-fashioned recipe. (I love writing thank you notes by hand, too.)

  7. MMMmmm Love banana pudding!!!!!!!!!

  8. I am officially craving this and have to make it tonight! This looks like heaven.

  9. Banana Pudding has always been a favorite!

  10. Diana @DandelionGreens says:

    Such a beautiful presentation, and an old favorite! Delicious!

  11. I love getting actual thank you cards! It always makes my day 🙂

    This pudding looks wonderful! I actually never had banana pudding until about 2 years ago .. crazy!

  12. This is one of my daughter’s favorites along with banana cream pie. I think this one is easier to make though, which makes it my favorite!

  13. A classic, no other banana pudding ever comes close.

  14. mmmm I love a classic banana pudding like this!!!! (and I love both classic desserts AND newer trendier ones :P)

  15. So sad story, my dad use to make this, from scratch mind you, when I was growing up. Sadly then I didn’t like banana so never ate it. Think next time I see him I might ask him to make it so I can finally eat his pudding. 🙂

    • I was the same way about my Granny’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Sadly, she is gone, but I keep meaning to make it, so I can give it another try.

  16. I never made banana pudding it sounds delicious!

  17. One of my all time favorites!

  18. There is nothing like “homemade” banana pudding! My aunt made it with boxed and it’s not the same! Your dish is beautiful! YUM!

  19. Oooohh you just brought back memories of my time in the south and good ol’ nanner puddin’ 🙂

  20. Such a classic southern staple.

  21. Looks like you are the Taylor Swift of the food blogosphere, Laura =) BTW Even at my tender age I’m a Swiftie fan =) Applause, applause on your dedication to handwritten notes…So much nicer than the electronic kind. Bravo, too, for your banana pudding inspired by your Aunt.

    • I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan, so that is quite the complement – thank you, Kim! Regis Philbin once told me I look like her 🙂 I’m a big Regis fan too. And I’m going to see Taylor this summer.

  22. Banana pudding with homemade pudding is the best! It’s one of my most favorite desserts.

  23. Banana pudding = best thing ever!!! Always a favorite of mine. I love that you made it from scratch (though admittedly I’m not one to pass up the boxed mix version). And outstanding job on the photography – I made from-scratch banana pudding on my blog a year or so ago, and found it exceptionally hard to get good pictures of it.


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