Osie's "Old-Fashioned" Banana Pudding

"This recipe is from my mil, she was such a wonderfully patient lady (especially to let me measure everything for this recipe as she made it!) and is sadly missed. It is the "old-fashioned" way to make banana pudding and does take a while, but the family seems to like it. :) prep & cook time are guesses"
photo by Renee S. photo by Renee S.
photo by Renee S.
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  • Combine (to make custard) sugar, flour, corn starch, and salt in a pot.
  • Stir in milk.
  • Heat over low heat, stirring often to avoid scorching, until thickened.
  • (beleive me, you will know when this happens!-seems like it takes"forever") Beat egg yolks and gradually stir into the hot sugar mixture.
  • Cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • "Line"a 2 quart casserole dish with a layer of wafers and top with half of the sliced bananas.
  • (**Iusually have this step finished before I begin to make the custard.**) Pour half of"custard" over bananas.
  • Repeat, ending with custard on top.
  • In separate bowl, beat egg whites stiff, but not dry.
  • (I use the electric mixer on high.) Gradually add 1/4 c sugar and beat until mixture forms stiff peaks.
  • Pile on top of pudding.
  • Spread it around to the edges of the dish to"seal" it.
  • (Then make the top pretty by making designs with the back of the spoon.) Bake in a preheated 425 degree oven for about 5 minutes.
  • (until the egg whites start to turn a golden brown) Watch this close, because sometimes mine turns black-really fast!
  • Serve warm or chilled.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Tammy B.
    Dont you also use cream of tar tar for meringue


  1. James C.
    Granny Ele would have approved......simply delicious!
  2. brendalwoods
    Way too sweet.
  3. thecakeladyhsb
    This recipe is delicious! The pudding is amazing, but I suggest doubling the recipe .. check out my blog for a complete review of the recipe, pictures and tips on how to make it. Enjoy http://customcreations1226.blogspot.com/
  4. BeeJayTN
    To make this in a rectangular dish you need more than 2c. of pudding. I added 1 c. sour cream to the pudding before spreading, which stretched the amount of pudding and added flavor. The dish got rave reviews from my family.
  5. dukefan4
    This was absolutely delicious! My entire family loved it and it was gone in one sitting, so I guess I'll just have to make another one! I didn't make the meringue just due to preference. The only other thing that I did different was cook the custard on medium, stirring constantly and then it only took about 5 minutes to thicken. Thanks so much for the recipe! One more thing. My grandmother's name is Osie also, and I have never heard of this name anywhere else except when I came upon this recipe. Small world. :)


  1. Elisa72
    Very delicious! I left out the vanilla wafers and substituted cornstarch for the flour to make it gluten-free, also substituted Splenda for half of the sugar in the custard. Rich and flavorful with a nice variety of flavors and textures.



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