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Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding

Not Yo’ Mama’s Banana Pudding

Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding: A Rich and Creamy Twist on a Classic

Calling all banana pudding lovers! Are you ready to take your taste buds on a delightful adventure? Then you have to try Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding!

This recipe isn't your ordinary banana pudding. It's a rich and creamy twist on the classic dessert, bursting with flavor and guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

Why You'll Love This Banana Pudding:

  • Paula's Southern Charm: This recipe brings the beloved flavors of Paula Deen's cooking to your kitchen. It's a delightful departure from traditional banana pudding, offering a richer and creamier experience.
  • Family-Approved Deliciousness: This dessert has been tested and approved by even the pickiest eaters! The combination of creamy pudding, sweet bananas, and buttery cookies creates a flavor explosion that everyone will love.
  • Easy to Make: Despite its decadent taste, this banana pudding is surprisingly simple to prepare. With readily available ingredients and minimal steps, you can whip up this impressive dessert in no time.

Ingredients:

  • The Cookie Crust:

    • 2 (7.25-ounce) bags Pepperidge Farm Chessman cookies (these buttery cookies add a delicious base and textural contrast)
  • The Creamy Pudding Base:

    • 2 cups milk
    • 1 (5.1-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix (creates a smooth and flavorful foundation)
  • The Rich and Creamy Delight:

    • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (adds sweetness and a touch of caramel flavor)
    • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature (for an extra layer of richness and creaminess)
  • The Whipped Dream:

    • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed (folds in lightness and airiness)
  • The Star of the Show:

    • 6–8 medium bananas, sliced ½ inch thick (use ripe bananas for the best flavor and texture)

Instructions:

  1. Building the Base: In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, combine the milk and instant pudding mix. Beat on low speed for about two minutes until the mixture thickens and is well combined. This forms the base of your creamy pudding.

  2. Creamy Magic: In a separate large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat together the softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Continue beating until there are no lumps remaining, and the mixture is smooth and creamy.

  3. Whipped Delight: Gently fold the thawed whipped topping into the creamy cream cheese mixture using a rubber spatula. Be careful not to overmix – you want to maintain some airiness in the whipped topping.

  4. Combining the Creams: Transfer the whipped cream mixture to the bowl with the thickened pudding. Gently fold everything together with a rubber spatula until just combined.

  5. Layering the Flavor: Now comes the fun part – assembly! In a 9x13 inch baking dish, create the first layer by lining the bottom with half the Chessman cookies. This buttery cookie base adds a delightful textural contrast.

  6. Banana Bliss: Top the cookie layer with an even layer of your sliced bananas.

  7. Creamy Dreamland: Pour the combined creamy pudding mixture over the bananas, creating a smooth and even layer. Use a rubber spatula to spread it evenly.

  8. The Finishing Touch: Finally, top everything off with the remaining Chessman cookies, creating a beautiful and tempting final layer.

  9. Chilling for Perfection: Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours, or ideally overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and the pudding to set perfectly.

  10. Scooping Up Happiness: Once chilled, grab your spoons and serve this delightful banana pudding creation! Every bite is a symphony of creamy pudding, sweet bananas, and buttery cookies.

Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. It's rich, creamy, easy to make, and bursting with flavor. So next time you're looking for a decadent and impressive dessert, give this recipe a try!

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