Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Easy Father's Day Gift: Magnolia's Famous Banana Pudding

after all, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach


While my mom and I are big chocolate people, my dad has never been crazy about it. He's always been more of a fruit person and absolutely loves bananas.  When I was living in New York, I discovered Magnolia Bakery, famous for sparking the cupcake craze.  While, the cupcakes are good, there are so many other amazing things behind their counter; and, I have to say that the banana pudding is definitely worth writing home about. 


 As luck would have it, I received the The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook (available on Amazon) before I left NYU and was able to take a little bit of New York home to my parents in Richmond.  Homemade whipped cream is a simple grand gesture that really goes a long way, so if you're looking for a cute way to show your dad just how sweet he is, this will definitely do the trick!  Get the recipe below:

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Ingredients
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups ice cold water
3.4-oz package instant vanilla pudding mix (Jell-O brand if possible)
3 cups heavy cream
12-oz box Nilla Wafers
4 cups sliced ripe bananas

Directions
In a small bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat together the sweetened condensed milk and water until well combined (about 1 minute).   Add the pudding mix and beat well  (about 2 minutes). 

Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or overnight, before continuing. It is very important to allow the proper amount of time for the pudding mixture to set.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until well blended and no streaks of pudding remain.

To assemble the dessert, select a large, wide bowl with a 4-5 quart capacity. (Glass shows shows off the dessert beautifully.)  Arrange one third of the wafers to cover the bottom of the bowl, overlapping if necessary, then one-third of the bananas and one-third of the pudding. 
Repeat the layering twice more, garnishing with additional wafers or wafer crumbs on the top layer of the pudding. 

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the refrigerator for 4 to 8 hours, but no longer, before serving.

Makes 12-15 portions.

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