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

Banana pudding is a pudding 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.[2]

It is commonly associated with Southern American cuisine, but it can be found around the country and specific areas.[3] 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.

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.[4]

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.[5]

See also


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