Monday, September 17, 2007

Banana Cream Pudding - a winner!

I was initially going to bake a traditional banana cream pie, but after reading tons of rave reviews about this recipe; I just had to try it.

This is a definite winner! So easy (NO COOKING involved) and so tasty. This will definitely be a hive regular. The perfect amount of sweetness and banana flavor. The pudding is light and the Nilla Wafer is a perfect match and makes this so light. It's a perfect dessert to bring to any party! It keeps pretty well, I made it Friday afternoon and it was still as good last night.

Magnolia Bakery's Banana Cream Pudding
Recipe from More From Magnolia
Prep time: 20 mins
Chilling/setting time: min 4 hours for pudding mix, 4 additional hours before serving
Cooking time: 0

You'll need:

1 14oz can of condensed milk
1 1/2 cups of ice cold water
1 package of Jello instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups heavy cream
4 very riped bananas, cut into slices (Karen suggested putting bananas in a brown bag with 1 riped apple to speed up the process)
1 package of Nabisco Nilla Wafers (you may want to get an extra box)

Step 1.
In a big mixing bowl, beat the condensed milk with the ice cold water with a blender. Add the pudding mix and blend for another 2 minutes or so. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap, allowing the plastic to touch the top of the mixture. This prevents a film from developing at the top. Refrigerate and allow to set for a minimum of 4 hours. The pudding must be set in order to continue.

Step 2. Once the pudding has set, whip up 3 cups of heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until all streaks are gone.

Step 3. Using a 4 - 5 qt container (I used a 2qt and had some extra filling) begin layering Nilla Wafers (it's ok to overlap wafers). Try to have as few gaps in the first layer so it acts more like a crust. Add slices of bananas on top. I ended up with 3 layers and crumbled the wafers for the topping. Cover with plastic wrap and set for another 4 to 5 hours. Enjoy!


sugarvanilla said...

What do you think I am doing wrong? I mixed the cold water, evaporated milk and Jello mix and left it over night. But in the morning, it was still really watery... Is it meant to go all creamy?

And of course when I whipped up the cream and mixed them together, it just looked like the cream had melted. I am so bummed.. I carried on with the rest but all my bananas and the wafers were floating when I put it back in the fridge... boo hooo.....

Please help!! :-(

sugarvanilla said...

Oh oh, I just noticed something...

Is it 1 and a half cup of water or half a cup of water only and not 1.5!? On all of the recipes on the internet it says 1 1/2. I have a feeling it means I used too much water now.. How confusing...

Please confirm so I can get it right this time!


Marichelle said...

hey there! I noticed you mentioned evaporated milk - it should be condensed milk. The two are very different, condensed is WAY thicker than evaporated milk which could be the reason why your pudding is not setting.

And I definitely use 1 and 1/2 cups of VERY COLD water.

I hope that helps!!

sugarvanilla said...

Oh see, I am so stupid and getting confused, I did use condensed milk. I just ate my pudding, 3hrs 50mins not the recommended 4hrs cos I couldn't resist!! It tasted yummy but more like melted ice cream... So the condensed milk wasn't the problem.. How much water do you use, 1.5cups or half a cup?? And what else could I be doing wrong??

BTW, I since then had a look at your blog. I love your creativity!! :-D

Thanks for getting back!

Marichelle said...

hmmm... and you're definitely using INSTANT vanilla pudding mix and not the regular kind right? I use 1 and 1/2 cups of water. The only thing I can think of is that you need to wait longer for it to set? When I make this, I usually make the pudding part the night before. But it really should set within 4 hours Hmmm. How mysterious. Let me know if you give it another try. And thanks so much for reading the blog :)

sugarvanilla said...

Thanks Marichelle, Ya.. everything seems to be right and I left it overnight too.. The batch is so huge, I think my hubby and I are going to end up like a ten ton truck so I better give some away. And I am determined to get it right somehow next time!!

I will report back when I do.. and figure out why it didn't set.. I mean, it goes into a pudding like texture I take it..??

Thank you!! ;D

Marichelle said...

can't wait to find out why it's not setting. so crazy! Oh one other thing that I do sometimes is to fill a pitcher with ice and add cold water - wait a few minutes until the water is ice-cold. Then I go ahead and measure 1 and 1/2 cups of water.

sugarvanilla said...

I wondered about that too, like how cold the water needs to be. I will try again, maybe over the weekend for the 2nd batch. I had to run so much at the gym yesterday because of this experiment!! ha ha ha,

Thanks Marichelle, will report back!


sugarvanilla said...

Oh My GOD!!! It's worked and it's delicious!!!

Thank you so much for helping me. Ever since I went to Magnolia, this was my dreeeam dessert!! I live in London so it's a bit of a trek to go back there and now.. I have it at home!

When I made it this time, I only had all the low fat version left, we don't have Jello or Nilla here so I had to stock up last time I was in the US. The LF Jello, water+LF condensed milk got so thick this time I got a bit concerned. Added extra water, I was making half portion this time but 3/4 water wasn't cutting it for 1.7oz Jello mix.

Anyway, I added Vanilla extract etc as the LF version wasn't so tasty and LF Nilla wafers kinda tasted like cardboard. But now it's had time to brew.. it's yummy!!!!

This time I will get the full fat version of everything, which is the way it should be and make it over and over again!! I can't wait to see what my friends say when they taste it tomorrow!

Thanks again! I will keep checking your blog! ;-D