Monday, November 22, 2010

Easy Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is an old, traditional favorite that many of us remember from our childhoods. Remember that recipe that Grandma used to make? Well, now you can make your own and let your children in on this fabulous dessert. It is creamy and delicious. This recipe also makes enough to feed a large family or to take to a potluck. The recipe recommends vanilla pudding, but you could also use banana cream pudding if you really want to make an impression with the banana flavor. The whipped topping gives the pudding a fluffy texture instead of the traditional pudding texture.

Bananas are like apples; if they are exposed to the air too long after peeling, they begin to turn brown. You can coat them lightly in lemon juice if you wish, or you could wait to cut them up until you need them in the recipe so they get covered in pudding immediately. You can just slice them as you are filling up the bowl with your layers. The recipe is really simple to make, so be prepared to buy a lot of bananas as you get frequent requests for this dessert. Use a clear glass trifle bowl to show off the dessert at its best. You can also decorate the top with vanilla wafers or edge the pudding with them. If you had enough individual dessert glasses, this pudding could be made into individual servings. If you plan on this, make sure you have enough room in the refrigerator for all the glasses.

The recipe feeds a crowd, so bring this dish to a potluck or large holiday gathering. There will not be a spoonful left by the end of the evening. If you do not have bananas on hand, you can use the vanilla pudding and the vanilla wafers to make a vanilla pudding dessert. You can also plan ahead and use the cook and serve pudding in the recipe instead of instant; just allow the pudding time to cool off in the refrigerator before making the rest of the recipe. If you wish, you can also put a layer of whipped topping on the very top of the dessert.

Recipe for Banana Pudding ?

This creamy pudding will please everyone.

What You Need

1 package (5 ounces) instant vanilla pudding2 cups cold milk1/2 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk1 Tablespoon vanilla extract1 container (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed1 package (16 ounces) vanilla wafers5 bananas, sliced

How to Make It

In a large mixing bowl, mix up the pudding and milk. Add the condensed milk and blend until it is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Fold the whipped topping in gently.

Place a layer of vanilla wafers in the bottom of a large glass dish. Next, place a layer of bananas. Follow that with a layer of pudding. Repeat the layers if you have a large dish. Chill until serving.

Sprinkle wafer crumbs on top before serving if you wish.

Serves 20

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