I’ve been slighting my other half. He says I always make desserts appealing mainly to me. (Personally, I don’t see much of a problem with that. After all, I *am* the one making the dessert.) ;)
So this past weekend, I thought I’d surprise him with a dessert completely geared towards him: Banana Pudding. Since I’ve never made a banana pudding in my entire life, I had to search for a recipe.
Most seemed ho-hum… the one exception being this recipe by cooking queen Paula Dean. With a name like “Not Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding”, much is expected… and the recipe certainly does not disappoint:
- 1 12-ounce container COOL WHIP Whipped Topping thawed
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cup milk
- 1 5-ounce box instant French vanilla pudding
- 6-8 bananas, sliced
- 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
- Line the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
- In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.
- Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth.
- Fold the COOL WHIP whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
- Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.
- Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
What I loved about this recipe:
- Easy and quick for everyday desserts – could easily be made into smaller portioned out ramekins
- The lightness added by the COOL WHIP to the condensed milk and cream cheese mixture
What I disliked about this recipe:
- The amount it makes – next time, I would definitely halve the recipe. It’s just a lot for a family of two and a midget. Banana pudding, anyone?
I’m wondering if I can freeze banana pudding. (Anyone know the answer to that?) Would be nice for a quick treat later in the week.
And if you make this recipe, I dare you to tell me it is not one of the best banana puddings you have ever tasted! Really!
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