How to make Banana Pudding

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hey everyone, 

I know this is a little different from what I usually blog, but I thought it would be perfect to share with you guys how I make banana pudding for my family. It's very simple and if you don't already know how to make banana pudding, just keep on reading!

Here's what you'll need:
1 box of vanilla wafers (mini if you prefer)
2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding
6 cups of milk (for the pudding)
4-5 bananas cut thinly 
Medium sized glass bowl

To start off what I find out really helps, is if you put the glass bowl and whisk into the fridge for a bit so it can stay cold while you're putting together your different layers. Then I like to make both packages of vanilla pudding. I also like to do that in two different bowls because I feel like it gives you more pudding than if you were to combine them. (Weird right?) All you need to do is mix 3 cups of mix with one box of packaging and whisk. It only takes about 3 minutes and then you leave it to set for another 5 minutes. After that, the process of cutting the bananas begin. To make things easier, you can cut off the small pieces of the ends and then cut the banana into 3 different sections. That way, it will be easier to cut your banana without the curve being in your way and it can also help you to cut out more pieces from your banana. Now with each separate piece, I can cut the banana roughly 5-10 times, depending on how thin I want the bananas. How many bananas you need is also going to depend on how big your bowl or container is and how many layers you would want to make. With this particular bowl, I made about 5-6 layers. 

After the pudding has settled, it's time to begin making the layers. I love to start off the bottom and end the top layer with pudding. That way it keeps the bananas and wafers all cuddled up between each other. You want to start with a little bit of pudding on the bottom, to give it a nice layer, and then add your wafers. I find it easier to add the wafers in a circular way to fit the bowl more and to make sure each layer has enough of the wafer. As the layers go up, the more you will need. After that I like to layer it up with bananas. This is the part where it really matters how thin you cut the bananas and how many you used. I personally like to cover the wafers completely with bananas before I add the pudding back on top. Depending on how you like it, will determine how much bananas you put in each layer. After that, you just want to cover the bananas with pudding to ensure they aren't showing through. To do that I find scooping a scoop of pudding and placing it in different parts of the bowl, help me to spread it out and make it even while covering all the bananas. After that just repeat! The layer you want it pudding, wafer, banana, pudding. 

When you get to your last layer of pudding, try to keep some wafers to the side. Finish the last part of the pudding by laying the last of your pudding on top of your bananas. I try to keep as much pudding as I can for the top that way you don't have any air or anything making your bananas turn color. (Which they will do, so don't think the pudding went bad after a day!) With the extra wafers, I like to put some of them, whole, on top of the pudding. With the rest, I put them in a ziplock bag and break them up until they're in fine to medium sized pieces. I sprinkle this on top of the pudding to give it more decoration and so it looks even yummier to eat! If I have extra crumbs left, I make sure to put it away for another time I make this. Here's what the pudding looked like after all was done. 

I know banana pudding is something simple to make that everyone should kind of know? But I just learned how to make it last year and since my family loves it so much, I thought to share it with you guys. Also remember to take your time when you're preparing your desserts because you can tell the difference between rushing something and putting your love into something. The sweetest of dishes is refreshing for the summer, NO pots or pans to use, it's easy clean up, and tastes fabulous. You should give this banana pudding a try if you never done it before. It's a life changer ;) Thank you for reading this post and even though this isn't a beauty post, it still comes from one beauty lover to another, see you soon! 

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