Some like it hot…

Banana Pudding

…and judging by how quickly this dessert disappeared, some like it cold, too. I’m talking about good, old-fashioned banana pudding, of course. Me? I like it cold… okay, and hot, too! My grandmother used to make a homemade one that was served warm and oh, how I wish I had the recipe for it. But, since I don’t and it’s summer, this cold and creamy one will do just fine. It’s really easy to make and let me tell you, pretty darn good. Here you go:

Cold & Creamy Banana Pudding

1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant pudding and pie filling
2 cups (1 pint) whipped cream, whipped*
36 vanilla wafers
3 medium bananas, sliced and dipped in lemon juice

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and water.
  • Add pudding mix and beat until well blended.
  • Chill 5 minutes in refrigerator.
  • Fold in whipped topping. (Do this slowly and as few times as you possible to combine, so the mixture will retain its thickness.)
  • Spoon 1 cup pudding mixture into 2 1/2 quart glass serving bowl.
  • Top with 1/3 each of wafers, bananas and pudding. Repeat twice.
  • Garnish as desired.
  • Chill thoroughly. Refrigerate any leftovers.

You can also layer in individual serving dishes.

* I just used Cool Whip and let it thaw slightly before I started to fold. It may work even better if you let it thaw in the fridge before using.

Recipe from Great American Favorite Brand Name Cookbook, 1993.

Bananas & Wafers
Easy Ingredients

And here are some warm homemade versions. I’ll have to try one of these someday and see if it compares to my grandmother’s.

Meringue-Topped Southern Banana Pudding

Original NILLA® Banana Pudding