Southern Baked Banana Pudding Casserole RecipeLiving in the south means that Banana Pudding is a part of our roots. It’s a classic that everyone loves and every restaurant has it on their dessert menu. It’s just an easy and fantastic dessert that everyone loves. There are several versions of it, but my favorite twist is this delicious Southern Baked Banana Pudding Casserole recipe. It’s easy to make – like the original – but warm with a meringue style topping that light with baked edges. It’s the perfect summer pot luck dessert or whenever you need a bigger option for entertaining.
I think what everyone loves most about banana pudding is the creamy texture combined with the sweet touch of fresh banana. Adding the warmth from baking it just brings it to the next level. It’s the ultimate comfort food in a dessert. My kids have always loved banana pudding, but this even more sophisticated – it looks stunning as you pull it out of the oven.
How To Make Baked Banana Pudding Casserole
You want to make this casserole right ahead of when you’ll be serving it. Because you’re using fresh bananas, and you don’t want them to turn, you’ll want to make this just prior to serving. That will ensure you’ve got the freshest banana pudding that you can make! The bananas will look better as well – without browning.
What To Serve With Baked Banana Pudding
This is such a stand-alone dessert that you don’t need anything else to necessarily go with it. However, you could add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. That would give it a hot – cold contrast that some people love. I enjoy mine with fresh coffee for dessert.
As a main course, it’s perfect with any BBQ or southern-style dinner. It’s easily paired with barbecue sandwhiches, fried chicken – the possibilities are endless.
How To Store Leftover Banana Pudding
Once you’ve enjoyed this dish, I doubt you’ll have any extras. Everyone just loves it that much. If you do have leftovers, just place the entire covered casserole in the refrigerator. You can reheat the dessert in the microwave for a few minutes to serve again.
The Baked Banana Pudding should be good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator to enjoy as leftovers. Putting banana pudding in the fridge will speed up the browning process, however it will still be delicious.
What You’ll Need From The Grocery Store:
- Unsalted Butter
- All-Purpose Flour
- Whole Milk
- Eggs (Yolks and Egg Whites)
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Ripe Bananas
- Cream of Tarter
Step-By-Step Directions To Make Southern Baked Banana Pudding Casserole
Melt butter in heavy bottom sauce pan over medium heat Whisk in the flour until dissolved.
Slowly pour in milk while whisking. Add sugar and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue cooking until thickened.
The pudding should coat the back of a spoon.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, let sit while you chop bananas and prepare the baking dish. Add egg whites to a mixer, with cream of tartar, and whip on high until stiff peaks form (about 7-10 mins).
To make your casserole, start with a layer of pudding, then vanilla wafers, then bananas. Repeat until full.
Smooth the whipped meringue over the top of the banana pudding. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10-15 mins, just until the meringue is browned. Let stand for 20 mins.
- 1⁄4 Stick of Unsalted Butter
- Vanilla Wafers
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 Tsp All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
- 2 Yolks
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/8 Tsp of Salt
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 4-5 Ripe Bananas
- 2 Egg Whites
- 1/8 Tsp Cream of Tarter
- Melt butter in heavy bottom sauce pan over medium heat Whisk in the flour until dissolved.
- Slowly pour in milk while whisking. Add sugar and salt.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and continue cooking until thickened. The pudding should coat the back of a spoon.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, let sit while you chop bananas and prepare the baking dish. Add egg whites, with cream of tartar, to a mixer and whip on high until stiff peaks form (about 7-10 mins).
- Start with a layer of pudding, then vanilla wafers, then bananas. Repeat until full.
- Smooth the whipped meringue over the top of the banana pudding.
- Bake in 375 degree oven for 10-15 mins, just until the meringue is browned. Let stand for 20 mins.
Equipment that you'll need: Heavy bottom saucepan, Whisk, Rubber Spatula & 8x8 Baking Dish.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 219Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values might vary.