If thinking about Banana Pudding conjurs up memories of questionable hospital food and disturbing buffet lines, it’s time to reclaim your pudding!!!
This recipe is sinfully good, easy to make and will satisfy your mid-winter sweet-tooth. Just look at all the sunny yellow ingredients….
(Imagine my surprise when I realized I had picked up reduced fat Nilla Wafers. Believe me, it was unintended. As it happens, the pudding tasted just fine….go figure….)
The Most Decadent Banana Pudding - Quick and Easy
- 1 14 oz Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 1/2 Cups Cold Water
- 1 4 oz. Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix (Vanilla Pudding will work just as well. You just can't use a French accent while you are making the recipe)
- 2 Cups (1 Pint) Whipped Cream
- 36 Vanilla Wafers
- 3 Medium Bananas
- 1 - 2 Lemons or Lemon Juice
- 3 Tbsp. Demerara Sugar (raw, brown sugar)
If you want to add a little "spirit" (and you must be 21 to consume)
- 2 Tbsp Banana Liqueur
- In large bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk and water.
- (Hey, it has water in it...how bad can this be)?
- Add the pudding mix and beat well. Chill for 5 minutes.
- (On another day, I will introduce my Grandma's Famous Decadent Banana Pudding. No pudding mix for Grandma....)
- Fold in 2 cups of the whipped cream. (if you are serving this to adults, add the 2 tablespoons of banana liqueur to the whipped cream)
- Doesn't this look luscious?
- Evenly slice the bananas and lightly brush them with the lemon juice (to keep them from browning).
- If you are lucky, you have one of these handy-dandy banana slicers in your kitchen gadget drawer.
- TO SERVE: Spoon 1 cup pudding mixture into 2 1/2 qt glass serving bowl. Top with one third each of wafers, bananas and pudding. Repeat layers twice, ending with pudding. Chill thoroughly. Garnish with the brown sugar.
- If you wish to serve the pudding in individual dishes, use the same sequence. Here, follow along:
Anything served in a pretty glass just CAN’T be unhealthy.