Monday, April 27, 2009

Banana Pudding



Aren't blooming dogwood trees just beautiful?
Original recipe adapted from Paula Deen.
I’ve never been a big a huge banana pudding fan. It wasn’t in my mother’s rotation of recipes growing up, so the only other exposure I’d had to the dish was the occasional trip to a cafeteria-style restaurant or at a friend's home.
I pretty much didn't even think of banana pudding. This is one of those retro dishes that is back in vogue and just kind of taken up a few more notches to top shelf.

One day a co-worker brought this banana pudding to the office, one she’d seen Paula Deen make on her television show; once I took my first bite, I knew just what I’d been missing. Suddenly, everything made sense.


Line a 9x13 pan with Nilla Wafers.

Slice up 3 or 4 bananas and layer the banana slices over the Nilla Wafers.




In a large bowl, prepare one large box or two small boxes of French Vanilla instant pudding per package directions. Using a hand mixer combine into the pudding one 8 oz. package of softened cream cheese and one 14 ounce can of condensed milk. Then fold in one 12 ounce container of whipped topping.



Refrigerate for at least 2 hours so pudding can set.





And serve. I know you'll love this recipe, because you’ve just made the best banana pudding. Ever.


45 comments:

Debbie said...

How come you didn't bring me some of this the other day? Looks great. Makes me think of a banana pudding post I need to do.

sherri said...

yUM! sO RICH AND CREAMY- COMFORT FOOD AT ITS BEST!

JodieMo said...

You have just reminded me that I need to call my grandmother and get her banana pudding recipe.
This looks delicious!!!

gigi said...

Girl friend! That is just EVIL! What are you trying to do to a girl on a Monday morning??? That would know your socks off, You didn't just take it up a knotch you knocked it over the TOP! Now I can't wait to take this to a party/pot luck! Anybody?? Invitation please! I want to come to your house with my platforms on and disco around your living room and kitchen with a bowl of this in my hand! "I'm So Excited"

Mary at My New 30 said...

Ooooooooo I LIKE this version with cream cheese AND condensed milk. Don't know how I missed this from Miz Paula. Well, it's on my list now for sure!! This would be perfect for a gathering or a pot luck. Thanks Katherine!!

Cathy said...

See, the only problem with this one, Katherine, is that I could eat the entire pan myself. Once I figure out how to exercise a little restraint, I am going to make it. My entire family will love this!

Netts Nook said...

Works for me your pudding looks so yummy. If Paula makes it I am sure it is good.

Pearl said...

ooh cream cheese and condensed milk in pudding? those are very interesting additions into pudding! i like how simple it is but looks like it took longer, too :)

Cheryl said...

ohh man that looks good I havent had bananna pudding in years and years

Marjie said...

Well, the cream cheese makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it? Although I love vanilla wafers so much that I'd have a hard time burying them at the bottom of this cold pudding goodness.

Rebekka said...

I love LOVE banana pudding, it's my favorite! Well, one of them. My grandmother made it EVERY sunday. Such good memories. You have just inspired me to make her recipe this week. YEAY!

Debbie said...

Katherine this looks great. You know if my husband sees this he will want it right away. Paula can do no wrong in his book!! Great recipe for right now since it's so warm and this requires no baking!

Cathy said...

I have never had banana pudding before...but think I just may have to try this on the weekend!

5 Star Foodie said...

Mmm... banana pudding sounds excellent! My husband would especially love this because he really enjoys banana desserts!

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Ginger said...

YUM!! This is a perfect picnic dessert. I will definitely try this.

Merrianne said...

oh my gosh. i love banana pudding!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i need some!!!!!!! today!!!!!!!!!!

Pam said...

Oh yum! I've never made pudding before. I must say this recipe looks delicious.

Sweta said...

I've never eaten banana pudding before-it sounds delish!!

the ungourmet said...

My mom used to make a version of this all of the time when I was a kid. I loved it! I think I have only tried to make it once, a long time ago. This looks like a great recipe for it!

Mary said...

Katherine, what I love about these kinds of recipes is that they can be made by children who are just beginning to show an interest in cooking. I'm sure this is delicious.

Greg C said...

This is my absolute most favorite desert. What time is dinner?

teresa said...

I LOVE this recipe for banana pudding, I could eat the whole pan! Looks delicious!

Elra said...

such a delicious sounding pudding. Love dogwood, simply beautiful too.

Bridgett said...

My mom used to make something so similar with nilla wafers and the pudding for my brother and I. I loved it! It has been years. So comforting, isn't it?

Coleen's Recipes said...

The best part of this recipe is that (IF there is any leftovers) it is even better on day two.

Calm In The Kitchen said...

I loved having banana pudding as a kid. Your version looks wonderful!

;) amy

Chef E said...

There is a cheesecake version of this I have had once, in the traditional form...the pudding form was in my house at least twice a month down in Texas, and my little sister is the only one that continues the tradition. My hubby eats up the bananas too fast just as I think of it :)

I am getting to the point where I understand why my mom, and grandmother stopped cooking elaborate meals...they said what you did...and I agree, someone can come over and cook for me...please :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE banana pudding! It's so good!

Sara said...

This looks SO GOOD. I make a banana pudding with a meringue topping that's pretty good. I definitely want to try this version though.

onlinepastrychef said...

Don't you think you'd better sprinkle the Nilla wafers with rum? Just wondering... ;)

Kristen said...

looks great - my husband is English and is always wanting me to make more pudding type desserts

Maria said...

I love Nilla wafers! Reminds me of my childhood!

Pam said...

Oh man, I love banana pudding! My dogwoods are about all done here.

Claudia said...

Oh does that ever look good. Way to reward myself after a day at the computer and evening in the garden. The banana pudding can be my carrot at the end of a stick. Better than carrots!

Selba said...

I don't think I've eaten banana pudding the way you made, the one that I ate is only instant pudding with banana flavor, hehehe...

Sharon said...

What an easy and YUMMY dessert. I love bananas and Nila wafers certainly remind me of being a little kiddie.

tamilyn said...

It looks good-but I can't choke a banana down to save my life! The Dude, he'd love it though!

Kathy said...

Great minds think alike - I made this just yesterday! Had I taken a picture of it - it would have looked exactly the same!!! ;) lol... Yummmm!!!!

TavoLini said...

Girl, once again you have hit the nail on the head.

I do enjoy banana pudding, but I'm a ridiculous critic with no real founding, other than living in South Carolina for my primary years ;)

Looks good, I do want to try a banana pudding recipe--and it will probably be yours.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, that looks extremely scrumptious! Yes, it's a pity you live so far away from Switzerland...

Cheers,

Rosa

Sophie said...

MMMMMM....indeed, simplicity & what a beautiful yummie combination!! Delicious, I bet!

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lk- Health yDelicious said...

yum- I love banana pudding! Never seen one with cream cheese in it before though... I'll have to try this!

doggybloggy said...

'nilla wafer pudding - I havent had this in eons - looks like I have this on my list now!