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Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet: Elvis's Banana Pudding

Elvis's Banana Pudding
When it comes to Elvis and food, undoubtedly you're going to think of his famous favorite sandwich, comprised of peanut butter, fried bacon, banana, and (depending on who you ask) honey, all nestled between slices of white bread and prepared in a griddle, grilled cheese style.

I know. With a dish like that associated with your name, you practically don't need to do anything else in life.

But Elvis did.
Elvis's Banana Pudding
Not only did he give us a plethora of musical hits and aforementioned sandwich, but as part of his legacy he also gave us an intensely creamy, meringue-topped banana pudding. Apparently, it was part of the Graceland doctrine that a batch this pudding be prepared nightly; as rumor has it, the King would mash up various pills in it (although if they were a pick-me-up or come-down, I don't know). Of course, I learned this all from the best possible source: a postcard from Graceland from one of my oldest friends.
Elvis PuddingPostcard about Elvis Pudding

A banana pudding so craveable immediately had me intrigued, and of course I made up a batch right away. I cut the original recipe in half and omitted the meringue topping (the egg whites can be frozen for later use); it seemed to work out fine, and yielded an unbelievably creamy and rich pudding. While I think I still prefer the Magnolia Bakery banana pudding, this one definitely wins points for its rich history and taste.

Elvis's Banana Pudding (With Some Liberties Taken)

  • 2 large (or three small) ripe bananas
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 lb butter
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • About half a box of Nilla Wafers

1. In a large saucepan, mix together the milk, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and butter and cook over medium heat until mixture thickens (for me, this was about 25 minutes--but you've got to be watching it the whole time). Add vanilla.
Elvis's Banana PuddingElvis's Banana Pudding
2. In a medium (9x13 inch) pyrex pan or similarly sized baking pan, layer the bananas and wafers.

3. Pour the pudding over the bananas and wafers.
4. If you want to add the meringue topping: beat the egg whites with 4 tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form. Cover the pudding with the meringue.
5. With or without meringue, bake for 15 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
* As a serving note, it's lovely served in a parfait glass with a thick dollop of whipped cream.


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Reader Comments (15)

omg this looks wonderful!

August 30 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I love me some banana pudding. I didn't know Elvis was a fan. This looks yummy. Thanks for passing the recipe along!

Oh, banana pudding is one of my favorite things. Yours looks terrific!

August 30 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I heart banana pudding! I'll have to try the "King's" version some time.
Thanks for sharing,

{ Lindsey }

August 30 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey

I love those retro recipes and now a banana pudding of the king... hmmm looks good! thanks for sharing

August 30 | Unregistered CommenterCherry Blossom

I love Graceland's recipe collection, almost as much as I love vanilla wafers!

Wow, I've never seen anything like this but will be buying some bananas and getting into the kitchen pronto! Great pics.

August 31 | Unregistered CommenterTanya

AAAHHH, The King!!!!! I'm surprised he didn't put crispy bacon bits in his version!

Btw, anyone who blogs about The King becomes my favorite blogger, no contest.

August 31 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

That's some good stuff for sure!

August 31 | Unregistered CommenterAmy J in SC

Mmmm, I am going to have to make that. But if you enjoy a good banana pudding you must try this recipe from Paula Dean. It's super easy, super rich, and super delicious!


August 31 | Unregistered Commenterbink & boo

I love the checkerboard of 'nanner and 'nillas!

August 31 | Unregistered CommenterEB of SpiceDish

oh my goodness! I'm so glad I found your blog!!! One of my new favorites! This recipe looks too good to be true!
Happy Baking to you :)
Mini Baker

August 31 | Unregistered CommenterMini Baker

This reminds me so much of the banana custard that we used to have as kiddies in the UK!

August 31 | Unregistered CommenterJennywenny

Oh, nom, nom, nom!

I cannot wait to make this :)

August 31 | Unregistered Commenteralanna rose

Banana pudding seems in season because for some reason it reminds me of back-to-school, though I have no memory of eating banana pudding while I was in school. Curious. Thanks for sharing my freezing egg whites tip; it works like a charm!

September 14 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Peterman
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