November 28, 2011

Fancy Banana Pudding

Before coming up with and making this Fancy Banana Pudding for Thanksgiving, I was not a huge fan of the dessert at all.  This method of making it is absolutely amazing and has made me a huge banana pudding fan.  The contrast of textures is what makes it unique; there is some crunch involved, which is good to have when eating a usually soft and creamy dish.

Ingredients:
2 Boxes Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 Box Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 Box Nilla Wafers Cookies
1/4 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
2 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Tubs of Whipped Topping, thawed
4 Cups Cold Milk
1 Stick of Butter
4-5 Ripe Bananas Thinly Sliced

{Here's what you will need!}

{You will also need a spring form pan for this dish {the ones normally used for cheesecakes/tarts.}

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

{Melt the butter!}

{In a bowl, add the 2 Tablespoons of sugar to the breadcrumbs.}

{Pour in the melted butter.}

{Mix well to combine.}

{Spread the buttered graham cracker crumbs in the pan.  Be sure to push up on the sides.  Don't worry if the sides are not perfectly even, this will give it character. :)  Bake the crumbs in the oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes or until golden brown.}

{In another mixing bowl, add your pudding mix and confectioner's sugar.}

{Pour in the cold milk.}

{Blend on high for about 2 minutes.  The pudding will be soft set.}

{Add in the whipped topping and mix a minute more to combine.}

{Add in the other bucket of topping and mix well.}

{The pudding/topping mixture will be nice and thick.}




{Meanwhile, the crumbs should be golden brown. Remove from the oven and put in the freezer while you slice the bananas.}

{The key to a really good banana pudding in my book, is reeaaaaaaallly thin banana slices.}

{Grab the crumbs and pan and start to assemble.  First, add a layer of pudding mix.}

{Then an even layer of banana slices.}

{Then the Nilla Wafers.}

{Repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 layers.  Start with pudding and end with pudding. :)}

{Layer 2...}

{...}

 {Layer 3...}

{...}


{The assembled masterpiece!  Let this chill in the fridge for AT LEAST 24 hours. I know, that is a long time - but you want the Nilla Wafers to absorb the pudding and get soft and yummy.  Plus, the flavors will really have a chance to meld together.}

{After 24 hours, loosen the spring on the pan and remove the sides.  Lift out the pudding and admire this beautiful and insanely delicious dessert.  This is a show-stopper and is perfect for entertaining.}


{The crumbs are crunchy and the pudding/bananas/cookies are soft and creamy.  The perfect mix of textures!}

{It almost looks like a cake... but it's not.}




{YUM, ENJOY!}
 
xoxo, thanks for reading!

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