Welcome to my delectable Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding recipe article! If you’re searching for a dessert recipe that is perfect for any gathering or simply for a weeknight indulgence, then look no further. This banana pineapple pudding dessert recipe will bring together the tropical flavors of bananas and pineapples in a delicious way that is sure to leave you wanting more.
As a chef specializing in Southern-style cuisine, I was inspired by classic Southern banana desserts and wanted to add my own twist with the addition of pineapple. The result is a creamy and fruity dessert that will have your taste buds dancing.
This banana split cake recipe is perfect for anyone who loves the taste of banana cream and pineapple, as well as those looking for a new way to enjoy classic southern desserts like magnolia bakery’s pineapple cake or hummingbird cake.
So let’s get started on this easy-to-follow recipe that is sure to become a family favorite. Follow along as I guide you through the steps needed to create this mouth-watering and irresistible Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Have you ever craved a dessert that could transport you to sunny beaches and warm breezes? Look no further than this delectable Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding recipe. With its tropical flavors and classic Southern style, this dessert is sure to remind you of lazy afternoons spent soaking up the sun.
Not only is this pudding absolutely delicious with its creamy texture and sweet flavor, but it’s also incredibly simple and easy to make with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. You’ll love how effortless it is to whip up a batch of this pudding – perfect for any occasion or just because!
This recipe combines ripe bananas and crushed pineapples with layers of creamy vanilla pudding, vanilla wafers, and graham crackers to make for a truly indulgent experience. And while it’s definitely an indulgence, you’ll love that it’s not too heavy or too sweet – the perfect balance for a dessert that won’t leave you feeling weighed down.
The best part? This recipe is incredibly versatile and can be adapted to suit any preference or dietary need. Whether you want to replace sugar with a natural sweetener, swap out flour for a gluten-free alternative, or add your own creative twist, this recipe can handle it all.
So why will you love this recipe? Because it’s the perfect combination of simplicity and indulgence, with a tropical flavor that’ll transport you straight to paradise. Try it out today and see for yourself why this Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding recipe is bound to become a new favorite in your home.
Let’s dive into the delicious ingredients that we’ll need to make this banana-pineapple pudding recipe a reality. Here’s a comprehensive list of everything you will need:
For the Pudding Layers:
1 box of vanilla instant pudding mix
2 cups of evaporated milk
1 cup of water
⅔ cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
⅛ teaspoon of cream of tartar
3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1 can (8 oz) of crushed pineapple, drained
3 or 4 ripe bananas, sliced
For the Wafers Layer:
- 1 box (11 oz) of vanilla wafers
For the Topping and Decoration:
1 can (8 oz) of crushed pineapple, drained
A handful of vanilla wafers, crushed into small pieces
Freshly sliced bananas to decorate
Make sure to have all these ingredients ready before you begin cooking. Most items are pantry staples, but if you need to get some extras, think about doubling the recipe deliberately so you can enjoy more!
The Recipe How-To
Now that we have all of the ingredients ready, it’s time to get started with the recipe how-to. This recipe is easy to make and combines banana and pineapple flavors in a deliciously creamy pudding.
Step 1: Prepare the Vanilla Wafers
Layering vanilla wafers at the bottom of the dish will provide a nice texture contrast to the creamy pudding. Take one package of (6 ounces) vanilla wafers and crush them using a food processor or rolling pin until they are coarsely crushed. Then, spread them evenly on the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Step 2: Layer Sliced Bananas on top of the Vanilla Wafers
Peel and slice 8 ripe bananas into thin rounds. Arrange them in overlapping rows over the crushed vanilla wafers in the baking dish.
Step 3: Combine Pineapple and Pudding Mix
In a mixing bowl, combine one can (20 ounces) of crushed pineapple and one box (3.4 ounces) of instant vanilla pudding mix until mixed thoroughly. Afterwards, pour the mixture over the sliced bananas and use a spatula to spread evenly.
Step 4: Add Another Layer of Crushed Wafers on Top
Add another layer of crushed vanilla wafers that are coarsely crushed over the pudding mixture. Doing so will create a perfect balance between creaminess and crunchiness to each bite.
Step 5: Add Whipped Topping and Pineapple on Top
Smear a generous amount of whipped topping over the wafer layer. Then, sprinkle 1 cup of leftover crushed pineapple on top for a final touch.
Step 6: Chill the Banana-Pineapple Pudding
Refrigerate your banana pineapple pudding for at least one hour before serving. You can also make it in advance and chill it for a much longer time period, up to 24 hours before serving.
This simple pineapple banana pudding is delicious on its own or as part of a tropical and Southern dessert such as banana split cake or hummingbird cake. Follow these straightforward steps and get ready to enjoy a Southern delicacy that is also perfect to serve at any occasion.
Substitutions and Variations
Hey there! This is the section where I share some substitution and variation ideas for our Delectable Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding recipe to help you customize it based on your taste preferences.
1. Pudding Mix – If you don’t have the instant vanilla pudding mix on hand, you can use other flavors like banana pudding or pineapple pudding. You could even mix them both for a tropical twist.
2. Flour – You can use self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour if you want your pudding to have a more cake-like texture.
3. Graham Cracker Crumbs – If you can’t find graham crackers or graham cracker crumbs, try using crushed vanilla wafers, Nilla wafers, or shortbread cookies instead.
4. Sweetness – Adjust the sweetness level of the pudding mix by reducing or increasing the sugar quantity in the recipe.
5. Layers – Try adding layers of cream cheese or whipped topping between the layers of bananas and pudding for a different flavor and texture experience.
6. Toppings – Top your banana-pineapple pudding with some dried pineapple flowers, cream cheese frosting just like Magnolia Bakery does in their famous pineapple cake.
7. Mix-Ins – To add more crunch, stir in some chopped nuts or crispy rice cereal into the pudding mixture.
8. Fruit Variations – Try substituting different fruits for the bananas and pineapples, such as strawberries, blueberries, or mangoes to create new flavor profiles.
No matter what substitutions or variations you choose for this classic Southern dessert, it will surely be a delicious treat that your family and friends will enjoy! Now let’s get cooking!
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing this tropical delight, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can serve the banana-pineapple pudding cold straight from the fridge or at room temperature if you prefer.
One of my go-to pairing recommendations for this southern delicacy is a piping hot cup of coffee, perfect for balancing the sweetness. Alternatively, you can opt for some refreshing iced tea or even a glass of ice-cold milk – all delicious choices that will complement the flavors of the pudding.
But why stop there? This dish is so versatile that it pairs nicely with other desserts as well. Serve it alongside a slice of classic Southern hummingbird cake or banana split cake recipe to create the ultimate tropical dessert platter!
For a fancy touch, you can even decorate your serving dishes with dried pineapple flowers or top your banana-pineapple pudding with cream cheese frosting like they do at Magnolia Bakery in NYC.
In conclusion, serving and pairing this Southern banana-pineapple pudding recipe is all about elevating the tropical flavors in creative and fun ways. So why not experiment with different pairing ideas and find out what works best for you and your taste buds!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding is one of those desserts that tastes even better the day after it’s made. Fortunately, this recipe is easy to make ahead and can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator without affecting its quality.
If you want to prepare the pudding ahead of time, assemble the layers in a serving dish, cover well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. You can also prepare the pudding mix a day ahead, chill it in the refrigerator and assemble it just before serving. This makes entertaining stress-free, as dessert will already be prepared and ready to serve.
When it comes to storing leftover pudding, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. Any longer than that and the texture may start to become grainy, so it’s best to enjoy it sooner rather than later.
To reheat your leftover pudding, place it in a microwave-safe dish and heat on medium power in 30-second intervals until thoroughly warmed. Alternatively, you can place it in a baking dish with foil cover and bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes or until heated through. Do not overheat or boil as this could affect the texture of the fruit pieces or burn off some of its flavor.
Overall, this delicious dessert is an excellent choice for making ahead and still maintaining its creamy texture with all those tropical flavors intact. Don’t hesitate to try it out- you won’t be disappointed!
Tips for Perfect Results
As a professional chef who has been perfecting Southern cuisine for years, I know that the smallest details can make or break a dish. That’s why I’ve compiled some tips to ensure that your Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding turns out perfectly every time.
1. Use ripe bananas: When using bananas in this recipe, it’s crucial to use ripe ones. The natural sweetness of ripe bananas will bring out the tropical flavors of the pudding and make it taste even more decadent.
2. Crushed pineapple vs. pineapple chunks: The recipe calls for crushed pineapple, but if you prefer a chunkier texture, feel free to use pineapple chunks instead. Just be aware that the texture of the pudding may be slightly different.
3. Cream of tartar: If you’re not familiar with cream of tartar, it’s a fine white powder that’s often used in baking. In this recipe, cream of tartar helps to stiffen the whipped cream so that it holds up better when combined with the pudding.
4. Let it chill: This pudding tastes best when chilled for at least two hours before serving. This allows all of the flavors to meld together and gives the pudding time to set properly.
5. Layer it up: For a visually stunning presentation, try layering sliced bananas and crushed pineapple between layers of vanilla wafers and pudding. This will give your Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding a beautiful striped effect that’s sure to impress your guests.
6. Don’t overmix: When making the pudding, be sure not to overmix it. Overmixing can cause the pudding to be too thin and runny, so be gentle when folding in the whipped cream and other ingredients.
7. Get creative with toppings: While this recipe is delicious on its own, you can take it to the next level by adding some creative toppings like crushed vanilla wafers, dried pineapple flowers, or cream cheese frosting. For an extra Southern touch, try topping it with some chopped pecans or a slice of moist hummingbird cake.
By following these tips, you’ll be sure to create a delectable Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding that’s sure to become a favorite in your dessert rotation.
Now you know the ins and outs of making the perfect Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding! This classic dessert will be a hit for any occasion, whether it’s a barbecue, potluck or dinner party. You can easily change the recipe to make it your own, from using cream cheese frosting to dried pineapple flowers as a decorative topping.
With its perfect balance of sweet and tangy tropical flavors, this dessert is guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top and serve it with some iced tea or coffee for an unforgettable Southern-style experience.
So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and get ready to create the most delicious Banana-Pineapple Pudding you’ve ever tasted. Trust me, once you master this recipe, it will become a household favorite. And as always, don’t forget to share your delicious results with your loved ones!
Delectable Southern Banana-Pineapple Pudding Recipe
- 1 (12 ounce) box vanilla wafers
- 4 large bananas
- 2 (16 ounce) cans crushed pineapple
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 large egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- WAFER-BANANA-PINEAPPLE PREPARATION:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Open cans of pineapple. Drain the pineapple and reserve 3/4-cup of the juice.
- Slice the bananas crosswise into 1/4" thick round slices.
- In a large, oven safe bowl, or in an 8x8x2-inch pan or glass baking dish, line the bottom and sides with a layer of vanilla wafers.
- On top of the layer of wafers, place one layer of bananas.
- Add another layer of vanilla wafers, then a layer of pineapple.
- Repeat layering pattern to 1/4 to 1/2 inch below the dish's rim. If using an 8x8x2-inch baking dish, there may not be room for two layers of pineapple. If not, combine pineapple and banana on the last banana layer.
- THE FILLING:
- Separate the eggs, being careful not to nick the yolks. Reserve the egg whites and set aside.
- Combine evaporated milk and water.
- In a large sauce pan, mix flour, sugar, and egg yolks until well blended.
- Mix in milk slowly, stirring constantly.
- Stir in reserved pineapple juice.
- Place pan on the range eye and bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
- As soon as mixture reaches boiling point, reduce heat to medium, stirring constantly until desired thickness is achieved. Filling should be thick but pourable. Thickening will happen quickly.
- NOTE: Due to the reaction caused by the pineapple juice, the filling may or may not thicken before it reaches the boiling point, so pay close attention as the filling begins to heat up and approaches boiling.
- Remove from heat as soon as desired thickness is achieved.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Immediately pour over wafer-banana-pineapple layers, jiggling the dish to ensure that filling covers all layers and there are no air pockets.
- THE MERINGUE:
- TIP - If you do not have cream of tartar, you can use 1/2 tsp of lemon juice as a satisfactory substitute. 1/4 tsp lemon juice = 1/8 tsp cream of tartar.
- TIP - Cold egg whites will not yield as much volume as room temperature egg whites and will take longer to peak.
- Beat room-temperature egg whites with vanilla and cream of tartar until soft peaks form.
- Gradually add sugar, beating until stiff and glossy peaks form and all sugar is dissolved.
- Spoon meringue over banana pudding, smoothing the top and sealing it to the edge of the bowl or baking dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, or until meringue is golden.
- Cool to room temperature or chill in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours before serving.
- Banana pudding's flavor is best the day after it is made.
- Makes 9 servings.