Baked Banana Pudding

Total Time:
45 min
15 min
10 min
20 min

8 to 10 servings


Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Toss the banana slices and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside.

Combine 1/2 cup of the sugar, the flour and salt in a 3-quart saucier. Add the egg yolks and whisk to combine. Add the half-and-half and carefully whisk to combine. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture reaches 172 to 180 degrees F, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. The mixture will begin to thicken and bubble around the edges. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract.

Spread a small amount of the pudding in the bottom of an oven-safe 1 1/2-quart glass mixing bowl. Cover with a layer of vanilla wafers, followed by a layer of banana slices. Pour 1/3 of the remaining pudding on top of the bananas and repeat, ending with a layer of pudding.

Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar and continue whisking until stiff peaks form. Spoon the meringue over the warm pudding, being sure to cover the edges. Bake until the meringue is evenly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the pudding from the oven and cool for 15 minutes before serving. Cool completely before refrigerating. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

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    Tremendous..... absolutely a masterpiece indeed! Only change I made was to cut the sugar in half. Was sweet enough with all the cookies. Yes, it was a little difficult to mix eggs with the flour..... so I just added one more egg with no problems. You will think you've "died and gone to heaven". Thanks Alton
    THE BEST EVER!!!! I was not impressed the whole time I was making this. In my head I was thinking, this is a flop, but boy was I wrong!! This is absolutely the best banana pudding I have ever eaten. Mmmm!!  
    When I was making it, the egg yolks did not blend in well with the flour and sugar, and the custard seemed sooo thick and it didn't seem to make very much. But let me tell you, when you put it in the oven everything just comes together and creates a masterpiece. 10 stars!!! LOVE IT!!!
    I was looking for a banana pudding recipe to make for a family get-together that my husband and I were hosting at our home. I looked at several different recipes trying to determine which one sounded the best to me. My husband is a HUGE Alton Brown fan so when I came across this recipe, naturally, I was very interested in trying it just to see how it would turn, it involved making my own pudding. WIN/WIN in my book.  
    This was the best banana pudding that I have ever eaten and my husband would not stop complimenting how it turned out. Another WIN/WIN...because my husband is definitely a much better cook than I will ever be. Since October 7th, I have made this recipe twice and both times it turned out amazing. The only thing from the recipe that I did learn is that I don?t like a warm banana pudding. I think the baking does wonders for this recipe but I definitely want to chill it over night before serving.  
    Everything about this recipe was on the money except for the amount of the pudding. There wasn't enough to cover the second layer. I did use a 1&1/2 qt glass baking pan. Next time I make this, I think I will have to add half of the pudding recipe as an adjustment. I will let you know when that happens.
    Deeeelicious!!! I have made this pudding twice now and both times my family gobbled it up. I learned that when layering the pudding, the instructions should say "repeat twice" rather than just "repeat". (Doing the math with the pudding makes this obvious but I missed it the first time. The only other thing I changed was to wait to do the lemon juice bath on the bananas until I was actually ready to layer them in the pudding. When I did them at the very beginning of the cooking process the first time I used the recipe, they got a little too acidic and didn't taste as good as when they just had a quick dunk in the juice. Love this recipe!!
    Spot on AB! A little piece of Southern Heaven. Wow, did it bring back great memories of my childhood. Everyone loved it for Easter Dinner and my daughter still is talking about it.  
    Edited to say that I used Nilla Wafers instead of making them per the recipe. Still an excellent dessert and the standard vanilla wafer brand for yummy banana pudding.
    This is a very tasty recipe for banana pudding. I made the vanilla wafers rather than going with the boxed variety and was very pleased with the result. The pudding was excellent. Everything together made for a nice, somewhat light and very flavorful dessert. In a clear, glass bowl, the pudding presented quite nicely.
    I am not sure if I read this wrong the 4 times I read it but I have no idea where to put the lemon juice. I am assuming the meringue but I left it out. There wasn't enough pudding either, so I doubled it, but I am like my banana pudding to have a lot of pudding. Very nummy.
    This is the best banana pudding recipe! I made the homemade wafers too. I doubled the sugar in the meringue because I like mine just a tad sweeter. Next time, I think I will either add more pudding or cut down on the wafers; it was not as wet as I like. The flavor was amazing and my husband declared it the the best dessert he has ever had!
    I've been wanting to try this recipe since I first watched this episode of Good Eats months ago and finally got to it. I also made Alton's homemade vanilla wafers from the same episode. SO. GOOD. Yes, the recipe makes a surprisingly small amount of pudding, but as MilkMaiden noted once it is all layered, there is plenty to eat. Definitely recommend the homemade wafers too, though. You will not be sorry.
    awesome and quick to make. I will definitely make this recipe again
    Loved the taste, but the recipe made too little of the actual banana pudding. Next time I will thin it out a bit to make more pudding before baking.
    Delicious, authentic and very easy. I was initially surprised at how little pudding the recipe made, but with the layering it worked out perfectly.
    Took this to a football playoff party. Those from the South who grew up on this stuff loved it, they really loved it. This is what you hope for in a comfort food dessert. A good balance of wafer, banana, pudding and meringue that when it hits your tongue, leaves no question that this goodness did not come out of a box or a can. I also made the vanilla wafers and put some of the extras on the side so that they could have some of the crispy vanilla wafers with the pudding.
    I have never heard of a warm banana pudding before, but this was awesome! Warm pudding is the best anyway, and it is great with the baked meringue on top!
    This is the basic recipe for banana pudding that my dad made all the time. As an adult, I was shocked (not embellishing) to hear that people actually made banana pudding with instant pudding. I'm glad to be from South Carolina and very happy to have learned to cook from scratch, using my dad's Old Dutch Cookbook along with his advice. This guy may have grown up very poor, but we have never gone hungry (dad was 43 when I was born and he grew up during the depression). Come to my house and you'll always be welcomed with sweet tea or coffee and something to eat. Real banana pudding is so easy and so good. Friends and family are well worth serving this to.
    When I saw it on the show, I thought it looked absolutely delicious. I tried it, and even with store bought vanilla wafers (yes, for shame, I know) it was absolutely delicious.
    This is a tasty dessert and is easy to make, but I found the bananas to be too tart. Next time, I will omit the lemon juice and just cut up one banana at a time as I go.
    This was the best banana pudding that I've ever tasted. I made it for my weekend guess and it went over so well that I will use it again and again. The pudding came out so smooth and I loved the banana liquor over the vanilla wafers...simply a wonderful taste.
     I cooked according to recipe and it turned out wonderful! I loved the whipped's was light and fluffy.
     Thanks, Alton
     This one get five stars from me and my family!!
    I've made countless dishes from AB's recipes, nearly all with spectacular results. This one exceeded my already high expectations. I'm a midwesterner who's lived in the South for the last ten years. I grew up with whipped cream, but I wanted to try the baked and went ahead and tried the meringue. Glad I did. Have no intention of even trying the refrigerated version now.
     Oh, and you aren't going to chicken out and use store bought vanilla wafers, are you? They make all the difference in the world. You wouldn't think they would be that much better, but that's the point. They truly are.
    I agree with CW; it has to have meringue; couldn't believe it the first time I was served it with - whipped cream?! - now way - this is great!
    Alton, you've taken me back to my childhood--this is AWESOME!!!! just the way i remembered it--and the homemade vanilla wafers make it PERFECT!!!!
    Thank you Alton! This one takes be back to Sunday dinner at my grandmother's in Kentucky when I was a kid!
    Banana pudding has to have a real meringue to be truly Southern. There is nothing like the browned merigne and warm bananas to say comfort food at its best. And meringue is much lower in calories than whipped cream...
     Memories of a South Georgia childhood are brought back with this recipe!!
    Not hard to find. Just go to the "search term box" type in "good eats" then enter the dates from whatever date you think you saw the show to an ending date, and hurray... there all three recipes are. Ending with a preposition... yes I know.
     Love the show. I learn so much from Alton and I've been cooking for over 55 years. Just goes to show that old dogs can learn new tricks.
    My husband and I are salivating this banana pudding! My guests are going to love it
     Thanks for helping me plan my meals dialy!
    Growing up in Texas, this was (and still is) my favorite dessert, and Alton puts it way over the top! The homemade vanilla wafers in the same episode were exceptional! No more boxed wafers for me! We scarfed down the first pudding before it even had a chance to is THAT good. I'm going to make another pudding today for the holiday week-end. Thanks AB!
    Watched the show last night, went to the store this morning, the baked pudding is now made and cooling on the counter w/ 2 spoons alreaady laid out. This looks like the banana pudding I grew up with and I am a southern girl. Thanks Alton
    Again, along with the refrigerated form, my son and I could not find this recipe in multiple recipe searches on the food network. We were able to find it through a google search, from outside the site, of course. Very frustrating, but we are very happy to find this recipe, too! We love AB's show and recipes, thanks!
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