Nanner Puddin

When I was a child no ‘dinner on the grounds’ was complete without the southern classic ‘Nanner Puddin’.  But because nanner puddin was such a staple at church and family get-togethers, I never really made it.  Why make it and risk a flop when every grandmother could make a perfect nanner puddin.  Well, guess what?  The grandmothers are passing away and I’m quickly moving up closer into those slots. 🙁

If you’re from the South the name nanner puddin needs no splainin. 🙂

So after a request of Banana Pudding, I had to find a good recipe to get started.  Honestly, I never really follow a recipe.  Typically I find two or three recipes of the desired item and mix them up as I see fit (or have the ingredients).  So this is my recipe, but with the disclaimer I tend to not measure anything much.

Nanner Puddin

4 – 5 Eggs, room temperature and separated

1 cup sugar

6 Tablespoons Flour

3 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 Bananas

1 Box Nilla Wafers

6 Tablespoons Sugar

Sprinkle of Cream of Tartar (only if available, don’t go get it)

Mix together 1 cup sugar and flour until the flour is smooth and not lumpy in sauce pan.  Whisk in egg yolks.  Whisk in milk.  Heat over medium heat until warm stirring constantly.  {Note: Stir constantly is important if you don’t want it burned or lumpy.}  Continue heating until the mixture is thick like pudding. Takes a while.  Stir in vanilla.

Layer in a casserole dish the Nilla Wafers and slices of bananas.  Add a layer of pudding.  Then more Nilla Wafers and Bananas.  Top with the remaining pudding.

In mixing bowl beat egg whites until foamy.  Sprinkle in sugar and Cream of Tartar.  Beat on high until it forms stiff peaks.

Spread Meringue over pudding, sealing up to the edges of the dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until top of meringue is lightly browned.  Watch close because it browns quickly when it starts browning.



8 thoughts on “Nanner Puddin

  1. My grandmother could make the best banana pudding ever! My family loves it. I need to make them some.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Abbie and the boys vote yes! At least, I’m sure they would if asked. 🙂

    Get well at your house. Maybe Chicken Noodle and Nanner Puddin will help.

    Berean Wife

  2. Would you believe sometimes I make it with no bananas? Not to actually take anywhere. Just the yummy warm pudding on the vanilla wafers…mmmm.

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Sometimes we just have homemade pudding especially when we are getting lots of eggs. Some people use the same recipe and swap out strawberries for bananas. That is very good also!

    Berean Wife

  3. So, why did this not make it up to us in the North??? Why have you been keeping this delicious treat a secret all this time?! This sounds amazing! And it’s a “staple” at “dinner on the grounds”? Wow! Ya know, I think I need to make a trip to the South. I think I would like it down there:)
    Thanks for (finally) sharing with all of us, BW!
    My family thanks you, too!
    P.S. So, has your weather thawed out? You’ve been hit this year, haven’t you? Hope you’re doing well!
    Blessings. (Hope you saw the grin on my face in this comment!)

    Berean Wife Reply:


    Yes, nanner puddin has been a staple at dinner on the grounds as long as I can remember. However, it was quickly fading away as many of the older ladies who perfected their recipes are passing away. 🙁 Lots of folks don’t spend much time in the kitchen anymore. Hope you like it. It is so much better than boxed pudding.

    Come on down to the South sometime. One of our biggest flaws is we like to eat. Most any get together includes food.

    No, we haven’t thawed out. 🙁 We had snow flurries yesterday and we are under a winter weather storm watch for tomorrow! This has been the strangest winter for us. My kids don’t want snow anymore, it has lost it’s appeal. We have thankfully done well lately. The whole family had a bout of flu right after Christmas which took awhile to run it’s course.


    Berean Wife

    P.S. Sorry, but your comments sometimes end up in the spam filter. 🙁 Don’t know why. I think yours are the only valid comments that do that.

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