Today is my father-in-law's 88th birthday. While my husband and his brother scurried around gathering ingredients for a Low Country Boil, I decided to make something that I knew their father would love - a big dish of banana pudding. And, boy, I was right!! He did enjoy the Low Country Boil, but he seemed particularly pleased by the banana pudding. He ate three servings there and, when I insisted he take the dish home, he said that was already the plan. I know that he's probably already tip-toeing around in the kitchen sneaking bites of his birthday pudding. If he's finished his nap...
2-3 oz. boxes instant vanilla pudding
4 cups cold milk
8 oz. whipped topping, thawed
1 box vanilla wafers
3 bananas, sliced
Prepare pudding using the package directions. Once the pudding starts to thicken, add the whipping topping. Gently fold in the whipping topping so that it keeps its volume. Layer a 9"x13" baking dish with vanilla wafers. Top with half of the pudding mixture. Slice the bananas and layer them on top of the pudding. Cover the bananas with the remaining pudding and top with vanilla wafers. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Simple and familiar ingredients
Pour both pudding mixes into a large mixing bowl.
Pour in the milk and beat with a whisk or mixer until mixture starts to thicken.
Add 8 ozs. of whipped topping.
Gently fold in the whipped topping with a rubber spatula by bringing the pudding from the bottom of the bowl and folding over the top of the whipped topping. You don't want to stir in the whipped topping because you'll deflate it and you want the pudding to be fluffy. The whipped topping will give the pudding a mousse-like consistency. It's wonderful!!
Keep folding until fully blended. You may have a few white swirls left. That just makes it even prettier.
Layer the bottom of the baking dish with vanilla wafers. This is the perfect time to use any broken cookies. Save the perfect ones for the top of the dish.
Cover the wafers with half of the pudding mixture.
Layer the sliced bananas over the pudding layer.
Cover with remaining pudding.
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