Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is one of our favorite desserts, and is typically made by layering vanilla custard with cookies and sliced bananas. For a super-traditional version, this banana pudding, with a generous topping of fluffy meringue, is one of our go-tos. Classic Nilla Wafers are used here, along with a creamy vanilla pudding and plenty of bananas. Or take this dessert in a completely different direction with this maple-bourbon banana pudding cake, which sounds impressive, yet is deceptively simple. While the cake bakes, a sweet, sticky sauce forms at the bottom of the pan. Maple syrup, pecans, brown sugar and bourbon add incredible flavor, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream will send your dinner guests over the edge. Whether you're a banana pudding purist or like to mix things up, Food & Wine's guide has a recipe for every occasion.

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Biscoff Banana Pudding
Rating: Unrated 3
The subtle spice of Biscoff cookies helps to balance the sweetness of each decadent layer of creamy custard and fresh bananas in this tall and impressive banana pudding for a crowd. It's inspired by one made by 2019 F&W Best New Chef Kwame Onwuachi's aunt Yolanda, of Beaumont, Texas, which he tasted on a recent trip to connect with his roots in Louisiana and Texas.
Roasted Banana-and-Macadamia Pudding Cake
Rating: Unrated 3732
"With the English influence here in Kenya, there's a huge amount of pudding," explains Hubert Des Marais of this equatorial spin on the classic British dessert. To keep as many ingredients of African origin as possible, he suggests spiking the honey cream with Amarula Cream, an intensely sweet South African liqueur made from the marula fruit—said to be a favorite snack of grazing elephants. More Fruit Desserts
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