Banana pudding
Banana pudding served in a bowl with vanilla wafers
TypePudding
CourseDessert
Place of originUnited States[1]
Region or stateUnited States[2]
Main ingredientsBananas, cookies (Vanilla Wafers or ladyfingers), custard, vanilla flavoring
Banana pudding
Banana pudding

Banana pudding is a dessert generally consisting of 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.[3]

It is commonly associated with Southern American cuisine, but it can be found around the country.[4] Furthermore, it closely resembles an English trifle in that it is assembled in layers and includes custard, fruit, sponge cake, and whipped cream.

Banana pudding 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.[5] However, even this recipe does not include wafers.

Method of preparation

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.[6]

National Banana Pudding Festival

The National Banana Pudding Festival is held at the Centerville River Park in Centerville, Tennessee. It is a 2-day event held on the first weekend of October.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Mary Harris Frazer, The Kentucky Receipt Book (BiblioBazaar, October 9, 2008), page 221. ISBN 0-559-33134-7
  2. ^ Mary Harris Frazer, The Kentucky Receipt Book (BiblioBazaar, October 9, 2008), page 221. ISBN 0-559-33134-7
  3. ^ Rosengarten, David (November 2003). "Southern Banana Pudding this was first made in 1961". The Splendid Table (American Public Media).
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Mary Harris Frazer, The Kentucky Receipt Book (BiblioBazaar, October 9, 2008), page 221. ISBN 0-559-33134-7
  6. ^ Tomlinson, Tommy. "Food." Our State Magazine. Web. 21 Feb. 2012. <http://www.ourstate.com/banana-pudding/>.
  7. ^ "National Banana Pudding Festival returns for 9th year in Centerville". The Daily Herald. September 8, 2018.