Old-Time Banana Pudding

Time 25 minutes
Yields Serves 6
Old-Time Banana Pudding
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Dear SOS: About 20 years ago, every box of vanilla wafers had a recipe for banana pudding. My sister and I have looked everywhere for a recipe ever since. Can you help?

Pat Meenahan


Dear Pat: You can always try contacting a product’s consumer service department; often a package will list a toll-free number, address or e-mail address. But here’s a recipe from our files that probably will be similar.


Stir together brown sugar, flour, salt and milk in medium saucepan. Bring to boil over low heat. Cook and stir until mixture begins to thicken, about 15 to 20 minutes. Lightly beat eggs in small bowl or cup. Add little hot pudding to eggs, whisking to blend well. Add egg mixture to remaining hot pudding and mix well. Cook and stir until mixture is thick and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla.


Place about 2 heaping spoons of pudding in 1 1/2-quart shallow glass serving dish, then spread over bottom. Top with 15 vanilla wafers, slices from 2 bananas and a third of remaining pudding. Repeat layers twice. Cover and chill pudding 8 hours or overnight.


Whip cream, then spread on top of pudding. Garnish with additional vanilla wafers stuck vertically around edge of bowl to form scalloped edges, or crush wafers and sprinkle over top.