Before I give you the recipe for the most mind-numbingly awesome banana pudding you’ve ever shoveled in your face (courtesy of NYC’s Magnolia Bakery), I’d like to suggest you run to your bottom drawer and pull out your cotton pajama pants. You know, the ones with the elastic waistband. I say this because you will invariably gain 10 pounds simply reading the ingredient list for this recipe. But let me assure you, any damage done will be totally worth it. If heaven had a taste, this would be it.
In the words of Rachel Zoe, “This. Is. Bananas.” But, like, literally.
Banana pudding is beyond simple to make, but you have to allow yourself a few hours to let things set. First step is mixing a can of sweetened condensed milk (this is where you’ll gain the first 3 lbs), vanilla pudding mix (lbs 4-6), and water. Once it’s well-mixed, the pudding will need to set for at least 3 hours. Why don’t you hit the gym while you’re waiting? You know, like a preemptive strike.
Once the pudding is set, you’ll pull this little devil (lbs 7-9) out of your fridge and whip it, whip it good.
It wasn’t me, I swear. Blame it on my hungry, evil finger twin.
Once the pudding has set, and the cream has been whipped, you’ll mix them together to form a sweet, creamy, deadly filling. Then it’s time for the fun part–assembly. In a clear glass bowl or trifle dish, start layering Nilla wafers (lb. 10), followed by sliced bananas. Top with the pudding cream. Repeat. Stick finger in bowl to taste as required. Don’t worry; I won’t tell anybody.
Top it off with Nilla Wafers crushed in a food processor, then refrigerate for four hours (but no more than 8) before serving.
Though I wanted to keep my family-sized pudding bowl all to myself, I found it in my heart to share it with others. I brought it over to a friend’s birthday party and dressed it up with some leftover pink fabric and yellow ribbon. I also brought along yellow cups and spoons. I know. Cute, right?
And because I can’t resist quoting the Zoe a second time, let me just say that I die for this dessert. In lieu of flowers, please just bury me in banana pudding.