My father loves banana pudding. He always has and for years I have always made him his second best for dessert, brownies! This year I decided to change it up a bit and try my hand at making some banana pudding.
Well, if you know me well you know that I am not in the kitchen that often. So I had to do a little research to come up with the best recipe. There are many of them out there that looked really good. I wanted to attempt to make the Paula Dean version but it looked a little too involved. So my compromise was to take a little of this and a little of that and tweak it to fit what I thought would be great.
This recipe will feed up to 8 people; however, see my After Thoughts below.
Homemade Banana Pudding
2 3.4 oz boxes of French Vanilla Instant Pudding
3 cups of cold milk
1 box of Vanilla Wafers
1 8 oz tub of Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
Beat pudding mixes and milk with a whisk for 2 minutes.
Let it stand for 5 minutes. While you wait go ahead and cut your bananas into slices. I did a mixture of thin and thick slices.
Get the dish you wish to put the pudding in.
Layer the bottom of dish with Vanilla Wafers. Be sure to turn them where the top of the wafer is touching the bottom of the dish.
Then make a layer of banana slices.
Follow that with a layer of pudding.
Then do another layering of each.
I chose to follow this with a layer of whipped topping.
Then continue with the original layering pattern of Vanilla Wafers, banana slices, and French Vanilla pudding. Repeat.
Top it off with the remaining whipped topping.
Add a few Vanilla Wafers and banana slices to the top.
Take the remaining Vanilla Wafers and crush them. Spread those over the whipped topping.
Cover and refrigerate until it is time to enjoy. I did read that you can dip the bananas that you wish to use on the top in lemon juice to help them not to darken.
If I had this to do over again I would probably double the pudding to add in. Since I was trying to go for the layered look of the pudding I could not be as generous as I would have liked to with the pudding.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this recipe! I am planning to venture more into the abyss known as the kitchen and cook up some more recipes.