Banana pudding

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Banana pudding
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Banana pudding served in a bowl with vanilla wafers
Type Dessert
Place of origin United States[citation needed]
Region or state Southern United States[citation needed]
Main ingredient(s) Bananas, cookies (Vanilla Wafers or ladyfingers), custard, vanilla flavoring

Banana pudding is a dessert generally consisting of repeated layers of sweet vanilla flavored custard, cookies (usually Vanilla Wafers or ladyfingers) and sliced fresh bananas placed in a dish and served, topped with whipped cream or meringue.[1]

It is commonly associated with Southern U.S. cuisine, however, it can be found around the country.[2] Furthermore, it closely resembles an English Trifle in that it is assembled in layers and includes custard, fruit, sponge cake, and whipped cream.

It can be prepared using a baked or refrigerated method, with the latter being the more popular, particularly among home cooks. Moreover, many recipes have been adapted using vanilla or banana pudding instead of a true custard. Other recipes omit the wafers. An early Banana Pudding recipe was published in "The Kentucky Receipt Book," by Mary Harris Frazer, in 1903.[3] However, even this recipe does not include wafers.

Method of preparation[edit]

A typical method for making Banana pudding is to repeatedly layer the bananas, custard and wafers into a dish and top with whipped cream or meringue. Over time, the wafers will absorb the custard and the layers will press together causing the flavors to intermingle.[4]

Banana pudding festival[edit]

The National Banana Pudding Festival is held at the Hickman County Ag Pavilion and Fairgrounds at Grinder's Switch just outside of Centerville, Tennessee. The event features live music concerts and many attractions. People there make all kinds of banana puddings.[5]

See also[edit]

  • Banana bread, the quick-bread made with bananas
  • Bánh chuối, Vietnamese sweet banana dishes
  • Summer pudding, the British dish made with fruit and bread
  • Tipsy cake, the English, liquor flavored cake popular in the American South
  • Trifle, the English layered custard, sponge cake, and fruit dessert
  • Tiramisu, the Italian dessert made with sponge cake, coffee, custard, and chocolate


  1. ^ Rosengarten, David (November 2003). "Southern Banana Pudding this was first made in 1961". The Splendid Table (American Public Media). 
  2. ^ Richard Sax,Classic Home Desserts: A Treasury of Heirloom and Contemporary Recipes from Around the World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, April 1, 2000), page 138. ISBN 0-618-00391-6
  3. ^ Mary Harris Frazer,The Kentucky Receipt Book (BiblioBazaar, October 9, 2008), page 221. ISBN 0-559-33134-7
  4. ^ Tomllinson, Tommy. "Food." Our State Magazine. Web. 21 Feb. 2012. <>.
  5. ^ National Banana Pudding Festival. Web. 21 Feb. 2012. <>.