I have a real soft spot for banana pudding. In the South, banana pudding is practically a health food because IT HAS FRESH FRUIT IN IT. It’s kind of like how my childhood babysitter used to give us collard greens swimming in bacon grease and tell us to eat up because it was “good for us.”
The thing about most banana pudding recipes out there are that the vast majority are just a vanilla flavored custard poured over sliced bananas and crushed vanilla wafers. When I was looking for a good recipe, I found lots of frustrated cooks who wanted banana pudding with the banana flavor inside the pudding. Well, here’s the secret, y’all: bananas are mushy. When you mash them up and mix it into the custard, the banana flavor pretty much infuses right into the custard. Et voila!