Taylor Belle came into the kitchen this afternoon and asked what I was doing. I told her that I was making banana pudding and she said “oh ok” and started to walk back out. She stopped and turned excitedly when I went on to say that the banana pudding was for us. It has been a long time since I have made banana pudding around here. Too long.
Mama’s Dessert Kitchen made a lot of different desserts, but we were best known for our banana pudding. Texas Monthly magazine said that it might be the best they had ever tasted! Wow. I couldn’t stop grinning for months after that! Men used to say that they wanted to marry me so they could have my banana pudding all the time. Those were the days! Heh.
There seems to be two types of banana pudding lovers – those who like the old fashioned cooked pudding and those who like the type I make. Both are really good. Even my own brother told me that my banana pudding was pretty good, but Grandma’s was still better. How does anyone compete with grandmothers?
I have found that desserts, like life, are best when they are kept simple. This is a simple recipe. I hope you enjoy.
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ½ cups cold water
- 1 (3 ½ oz) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
- vanilla wafers
In a large mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and the cold water. I find it easiest to use a hand mixer for this. Add the instant pudding and beat until well blended, making sure there are no lumps. Chill in the refrigerator for about five minutes. While waiting, use a stand mixer to whip the heavy whipping cream until light and fluffy. Using a spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture. When finished, you will want to be sure to take a moment to lick the pudding off the spatula – it’s that good!
Next comes the assembly of the banana pudding. You can use a large trifle bowl, but all sorts of containers work well. Depending on the type of event you are making desserts for, you can be creative and make individual portions using martini glasses, mason jars, small dessert bowls, etc., to fit your mood. Simply spoon in a little of the pudding, place vanilla wafers along the sides of the bowl and on top of the pudding, and add sliced bananas to cover the pudding and wafers. Repeat layering twice, ending with the pudding mixture. Top with crumbled vanilla wafers and that’s it!
Even though no one has died, I have no doubts that I will need a lot more dessert therapy. I am feeling a heavenly chocolate pie recipe in the near future!