I made this recipe for a dinner party. I think we started crying as we ate it....soooo good! And wow, it was easy.
Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding
Recipe by Paula Deen
Prep Time: 30 minutes Yield: 12 servings
2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6 to 8 bananas, sliced
2 cups milk
1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I think I've made this three or four times now. The first time, exactly as it was written. Amazing. Using the Chessman Cookies really is great for display and they have a great taste. The second time I made it, I split the recipe in two, 1/2 in one small square foil pan and the other 1/2 in another. One for home, one for the party. Another time I made it, I used low-fat cream cheese and there is a no or low fat sweetened condensed milk you can get. So a little better for you and I couldn't taste the differences. Really yum! Yum! Yum! Yum. Paula I love you! As for the serving suggestions. That's about right, but I've seen it stretch to feed more and I've seen it devoured by less!