What is better than a bowl of Banana Pudding???
Of Course, Beve’s Banana Pudding.
This pudding is much like the creamy custard like dessert that we all grew up eating…especially if you are from the South. When I think about banana pudding the initial imagines and thoughts that come to mine are of my father sitting in the reclining chair eating a bowl of banana pudding. Oh how he enjoyed it when there was banana pudding in the house.
The Classic banana pudding is rather simple and comes together without much of a challenge. The commonly used ingredients are a package of vanilla pudding, sweeten condensed milk,Vanilla wafers, cool whip, and bananas.
So, you ask what makes Beve’s banana pudding different. Well, for starts it not for the faint at heart with spending time in the kitchen. This dessert does not come together in just a few minutes. The active time ( prepping and preparing) is just as long as the refrigeration time almost, but SO worth it !!
Differences between Classical Banana Pudding and Beve’s
- Made from scratch
- Use of homemade shortbread cookies ( pictured are cute pumpkin cut outs for the Fall season)
- Homemade whipped cream
These differences might not seem big, but they are truly game changers. So now instead of making one recipe, there are 3 recipes that need to be made to bring it all together. It is time consuming, but again I can not say it enough….IT IS WORTH IT THOUGHT !!
I believe that these shortbread cookies are the secret ingredient that takes this Banana Pudding from wonderful to phenomenal. These are my favorite cookies and they can be iced for decorative cookies, added to desserts like this banana pudding or eaten just plain. They are melt in your mouth delicious and definitely you can not eat just one.
- 12 TBSP unsalted butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp lemon extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- Beat butter, vanilla, and lemon extract until creamy
- add in salt and flour and mix
- carefully, on low speed, add in powdered sugar
- scrap down bowl as need
- turn dough out onto plastic wrap and shape the dough in a rectangle. Wrap dough in plastic wrap
- Refrigerate dough for at least one hour. The dough can be refrigerated for about a aeek or frozen with additional wrapping for about a month
- when ready to make cookies, remove the dough from the refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Dough can be cut into 1/2 inch squares or rolled out for cutting cookie shapes.
- Place cookie slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
- Bake for 10 minutes, transfer to wire rack to completely cool
Beve’s Banana Pudding
- shortbread cookies see recipe
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups milk
- 1 5 oz vanilla pudding
- 12 ounces whipped topping see recipe for homemade cool whip
- 12 ounces heavy cream
- 4 TBSP Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- Line baking dish with shortbread cookies
- Add a layer of bananas on top of shortbread cookies
- Beat cream cheese and sweetened consdensed milk together
- Stirring vanilla pudding and milk together in another bowl. Por into cream cheese mixture and combined until well mixed and smooth
- Prepare Whipped Cream : Pour heavy cream into a mixing bowl and beat until soft peaks form
- add sugar and vanilla and mix until stiff peaks form
- Add whipped cream to pudding mixture. Fold in whipped cream with a spacula
- Pour some of the pudding mixture over bananas and shortbread cookies
- Add another layer of shortbread cookies and add additional bananas. Cover with pudding
- Add a layer of shortbread cookies to the top of the dessert
- Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least for 4 hours. Overnight refrigeration will ensure that the banana pudding is real cold.
- Bananas brown quickly. Soaking them quickly in lemon juice will help prevent them from browning as fast.
- If you are using frozen banana slices, the dessert can be prepared a day in advance.
- See How to Freeze Bananas
I hope you enjoy this Banana Pudding recipe. It is soooooo yummy
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