Many of my fondest Christmas memories revolve around the dinner table (no surprise there) and no dish evokes stronger memories than my momma’s banana pudding. Sure it was a simple dish, just bananas, vanilla wafers and Jello pudding mix, but what a great taste! Momma would make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas and I could hardly wait.
As a grown-up, I continue the tradition of making this wonderful pudding almost every year. I don’t quite have Mom’s knack for it, but I try hard and it comes out pretty good.
If you would like to try it, here’s all there is to it.
What you’ll need:
- Bananas (usually 5-6)
- Vanilla Wafers
- Jello Vanilla Pudding Mix (not instant)
- Whipped Topping
Slice the bananas in 1/2″ pieces. In a dish, place a layer of Vanilla Wafers in the bottom and top with a layer of banana slices. Continue alternating the layers until the dish is full. In a sauce pain, prepare the pudding according to package directions and pour over the banana and cookie layers. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for several hours. I usually make this the night before and let it set overnight. Serve with the whipped topping.
See, I told you it was easy.
Recently, I saw a banana pudding recipe from Paula Deen called “Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding” and it adds cream cheese and whipped topping to the pudding itself. I can’t wait to try this recipe. I won’t reprint the recipe here because I don’t believe in infringing on others’ property, but you can check it out on the Food Network’s website, here’s the link.