This fabulous version of the favorite Southern dessert boosts the banana flavor by infusing it into the homemade vanilla pudding, in addition to the traditional slices layered throughout.  

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Credit: Bryan Gardner

Recipe Summary

total:
7 hrs
prep:
1 hr
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Chop one banana and thinly slice the remaining 5 bananas; set aside. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium heatproof bowl and set aside.

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  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 1/4 cups sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch, and salt. Whisk milk into egg mixture until combined; stir in chopped banana. Place saucepan over medium-high heat and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and is bubbling, about 8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, whisking, for 1 minute.

  • Remove pan from heat and pour mixture through prepared sieve into bowl; use a spatula to push any extra liquid through sieve (discard solids). Stir butter and vanilla into pudding until combined.

  • Cover pudding with plastic wrap, pressing it directly onto surface to prevent a skin from forming; refrigerate until cooled completely, about 2 hours.

  • To assemble: In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until firm peaks form. Whisk the pudding until smooth. Spoon about a cup of the pudding into the bottom of a large glass bowl. Layer about 1/2 of the cookies over the pudding, slightly overlapping them, followed by about half of the sliced bananas.

  • Top with about 2 cups of the pudding and half of the whipped cream. Repeat layering with the remaining cookies, sliced bananas, pudding, and cream. Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or, covered, up to overnight. Garnish with crushed cookies and serve cold.

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