Traditional Banana Pudding

Traditional Banana Pudding

This is not the kind of banana pudding out of a box. I got that one to, Not yo Mama’s Banana Pudding 😉 Believe me they are both good. If you feel the need to make it the old fashioned way then here you got one of the originals.

Banana Pudding (not yo mama’s)

Banana Pudding (not yo mama’s)

Banana pudding has a long history dating back to the 19 century, there isn’t much information available. What I did find is that bananas began to be marketed in the United States around the 19th century. Cooks were fascinated by this exotic fruit and began using them in existing recipes of cooked puddings and baked custards topped with meringue. A 1902 cookbook contains recipes for fried bananas, baked bananas, banana pudding, and banana cake in a section called Hawaiian recipes.

In 1901 Nabisco began marketing vanilla wafers. No one seems to know which cook was the first to line the pudding dish with vanilla wafers but it caught on quickly, especially after Nabisco began printing the recipe on their vanilla wafer package. Banana pudding is a dessert common in the Southern United States.

I personally do not care for the vanilla wafers so I use chessman cookies.