Paula Deen's 'Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding'

Monday, April 6, 2015

HOLY BEST BANANA PUDDING EVER. I made this for our Easter dessert because my good friend and her husband swear by this recipe and now I do too! The photo below was taken the day after making the pudding and I swear it is even better. It looks like friggin' ice cream. And the chessmen cookies have softened up a bit and it's just a whole mess of YUM in your mouth...

Here's the link to Paula Deen's recipe. But I will share with you what I did, because I actually followed this version of her recipe from No. 2 Pencil , where you actually make your own whipped cream...I have included all my own photos just to show you that someone who is not super handy in the kitchen can handle something this delish. :]

Here's What You'll Need
  • 9 x 13 casserole dish
  • KitchenAid mixer or a hand mixer
  • A silicone baking spatula [for spreading the pudding]
  • Wisk, knife, measuring spoons and cups
  • 2 packages of Pepperidge Farm chessmen cookies
  • 6-8 large bananas [I only used 5]
  • 1 [5.1oz] box of Jello Instant vanilla pudding 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 [14oz] can of sweetened condensed milk [I bought the store brand]
  • 2 cups of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 [8oz] package of cream cheese [at room temp]
  • 2 cups of whole milk

Here's What You'll Do
  1. Using your KitchenAid mixer or hand mixer, whip the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla together until soft peaks form. Measure out 3 cups of whipped cream and then eat the rest because it is SO good.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together pudding mix and two cups of whole milk.
  3. Clean out the bowl of you KitchenAid mixer and using paddle attachment, beat together softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. 
  4. Add your pudding to what you just mixed and continue to stir until combined.
  5. Then, gently add your 3 cups of homemade whipped cream while the mixer is slowly stirring. 
  6. Line bottom of 9x13 casserole dish with 20 Chessmen cookies.
  7. Slice your bananas and arrange over cookies.
  8. Spread pudding mixture over bananas with you silicone spatula.
  9. Neatly arrange another layer of 20 Chessmen cookies on top of pudding mixture.
  10. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until chilled through.
  11. Serve with the additional whipped cream if you didn't already eat it.
I'm glad I came across this recipe because I don't think I'll buy whipped cream ever again. I used my KitchenAid mixer for this, with the plastic cover on and I STILL made a huge mess but it made the pudding SO tasty. The cream cheese and condensed milk was something I was a little weirded out about but it just makes the pudding so stinkin' thick and amazing. Don't forget to make sure that cream cheese is nice and soft before you mix it. Mine was a tad lumpy because I didn't let mine sit out long enough. Oops!

Also be sure to do you do all your mixing prior to slicing those bananas and placing them on top of the cookies because you don't want them to be exposed to the air too long and start to brown. When I went and ate some today [one day after being made] I could see that the bananas that were not within the center of the 'casserole' were starting to brown. This is definitely a dessert you want to serve a few hours after you make it.

Once I got everything mixed, this is what I got. I totally shoved that paddle in my mouth to get a taste...and then my husband gave me a dirty look...

I laid out the first 20 chessman cookies, not worrying about pattern here because they will be covered. Here's what the package looks like. Kind of took me forever to find them in the cookie aisle because I wasn't sure what package to look for.

Then I sliced and laid out the bananas...

 I just poured the whole mixture on top and then spread with the silicone spatula...

And finally placed the second set of 20 cookies on top...The cracked one kind of made me want to die. I refused to break the pattern and had no choice to use it. Oh the little things that drive me crazy...

Day two consistency is like a banana pudding sandwich. You HAVE to make this. You won't regret it!

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