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Banana Pudding

Originally posted: 10/01/2003
Last updated: 09/24/2014

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Banana pudding is a classic barbecue dessert. There are many recipes to choose from, some quick and easy, others a bit more complicated. Here are two that are very simple, but very good!

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Judy's Banana Pudding

Layering wafers, bananas, and pudding
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Judy's Banana Pudding
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This recipe comes from "Jack Daniel's Old Time Barbecue Cookbook" by Vince Staten. This book is out of print, but can be found occasionally as a used book.

The recipe uses convenience items that make it easy to whip up, but don't let that fool you—it's tasty!

Ingredients List
3 boxes instant vanilla pudding mix (3 to 3.4 ounces per box)
5 cups milk
8 ounces frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed (e.g. Cool Whip brand)
8 ounces sour cream
5-6 ripe bananas
1 box vanilla wafer cookies

Allow the frozen whipped topping to soften in the refrigerator for 4 hours before preparing this recipe.

Peel the bananas and slice about 1/4" thick, then set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the pudding mix and milk, whisking until it's creamy and starting to thicken. Add the dessert topping and sour cream and whisk until well combined.

In the bottom of a large serving bowl, place a layer of vanilla wafer cookies, then a layer of banana slices, then 1/3 of the pudding mixture. Use a spatula to spread the pudding evenly over the bananas. Repeat for two more layers.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with extra cookies around the edge of the bowl and maybe a few banana slices arranged in the middle.

Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding

Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding
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This recipe comes courtesy of Paula Deen and her show "Paula's Home Cooking" on the Food Network. What I like most about this recipe is that it gets its banana flavor only from real bananas!

Ingredients List
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6-8 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 5-ounce box instant French vanilla pudding
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
12-ounces frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed (e.g. Cool Whip brand)

Allow the frozen whipped topping to soften in the refrigerator for 4 hours before preparing this recipe.

Line the bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish with one bag of cookies. Layer the banana slices over the cookies and set aside.

In a very large mixing bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Blend according to package instructions using an electric hand mixer. Set aside.

In another large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and condensed milk using the electric hand mixer until smooth. Using a large rubber spatula, fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. When combined, fold the cream cheese mixture into the pudding mixture.

Pour the mixture over the bananas and cover with the second bag of cookies. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a few hours before serving so the pudding has a chance to set.

Just a note about arranging the cookies. Each bag contains 24 cookies. I was able to fit 23 cookies in the bottom of the pan (I ate cookie 24), but as you can see in the photo, 24 cookies will not cover the pudding completely because the pan is wider at the top than at the bottom. Either save cookie 24 from the bottom for use on the top or try arranging the cookies into 4 rows of 6 cookies instead.

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