Monday, October 29, 2012

Magnolia Bakery's Banana Pudding

We ended up with about 10 ripe bananas this weekend, so I made banana bread (which turned out pretty terrible) and this banana pudding. 

A little planning is needed when making this recipe because you must let the pudding chill overnight, smack some whipped cream into it and then throw in some nilla wafers and bananas, and chill another 4 hours. These chilling periods are a little difficult for me, but it's worth it in the end! 

I absolutely love the layers that this recipe calls for. 

A series of nilla wafers, banana, and pudding make for a magical dessert. 

Since it is a pudding, it is not a clean slice of pie, but once you have it contained in a bowl or a cup everything is alright. 

Magnolia Bakery's Banana Pudding
from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
makes a lot

14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups ice cold water
3.4 oz. package Jello instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups heavy whipping cream
11 oz. box Nabisco Nilla Wafers
3 medium ripe bananas, sliced, divided

Beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed, about 1 minute. Add the pudding mix and beat well, about 2 minutes more. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Once the pudding has set, beat the heavy whipping cream in the bowl of an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until well blended and no streaks remain.
To assemble, grab a 4-5 quart large, wide bowl (preferably glass). Arrange 1/3 of the wafers to cover the bottom of the bowl followed by one sliced banana and 1/3 of the pudding. Repeat this pattern of layering twice more, garnishing with additional wafers and wafer crumbs on the top layers.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours before serving. 


  1. Pudding and ice cream should always be eaten from bowls and cups anyway.

  2. YUM! my husband loooooves banana pudding but i've still never tried making it. this version looks delicious + not too hard to make!

  3. you've just made what is probably my all-time favorite comfort food!

  4. paola@ {love+cupcakes}November 1, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    YUM! I am no stranger to this dessert, it is so delicious! I'll have to try this recipe :)



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