One of my pals went to NYC a year ago and came back raving about the banana pudding that a lot of the bakeries there sell. I was happy to find a recipe online, and bookmarked it, yes almost a year ago. Things are busy.
We were going to have a big housewarming bash this wkd for our new home. However, it's rained out (unheard of in California, where are we?!?)so we rescheduled it. Instead, we are having a few of our favorite couples for a small dinner instead.
Since I want to make the banana pudding in a super-mondo-sized batch for the BBQ..what better way to test it than on 6 of our friends. However, I just made it and honestly, it doesn't need to be tested on anyone, this stuff is bomb. As in really amazing. I am not a big fan of licking the spatula (I know, I know!) but when I was done making the pudding, I was all over the spatula AND bowl.
The recipe itself is easy...it just takes a bit to assemble. I used instant pudding because I can never really find the regular stuff, and it tasted good to me. Also who has the time to wait for pudding to set 4 hours in the fridge nowadays?
Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding
From 'More From Magnolia' Cookbook
1 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup vanilla pudding mix
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups cold heavy cream
1 (12 ounce) box vanilla wafers
4 ripe bananas, sliced
Whisk together the water, pudding mix and sweetened condensed milk until will mixed. If not using instant, refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. If using instant, it will be ready to go within 15 min.
When pudding is ready, whip the heavy cream in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until well incorporated.
In a deep glass bowl (or pie pans or whatever you want to use to layer...but honestly the deeper the bowl the more it will all 'mish mash' together), layer the pudding, wafers, bananas and pudding again. Continue until all the mixture is used up, ending with either wafers or pudding. Don't end with bananas because they will just turn brown and end up looking unappealing. I sprinkled crushed wafers on top of mine.
Refrigerate for 1-8 hours, but many blogs say the longer that you have it in the fridge sitting all together, the better it seems to taste. This dessert also looks amazing layered in an ice cream sundae glass.
Mods I made include adding a bit of banana cream pudding mix with the vanilla, using instant, using more bananas and nilla wafers than it called for. I also sprinkled a bit of rum on one of the layers of wafers, why not??? Next time I might experiment with adding coconut cream pudding into the mix as well.
Quite honestly, originally reading the recipe I thought...this sounds like a cheat. Pudding mix? Nilla wafers? It probably won't be very good. How does Magnolia sell this stuff? But, oh no. As I assembled this stuff I kept right on snitching some of the cream pudding. If you can't wait the 1-8 hours to taste this all together, take a wafer, scoop some pudding onto it and put a banana slice on top. Heaven in an instant.
Don't wait a year to make this like I did. Enjoy!!