Although Magnolia Bakery in New York City is famous for they irresistible cupcakes, one of our other all-time favorite desserts is Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding. It has a sweet, creamy vanilla pudding layered with bananas and Nabisco Nilla Wafers. It is the second most popular dessert after their cupcakes at the bakery. We definitely see why it is!
Since was are originally from the New York City/ New Jersey area, our favorite pasttime was to drive into the city and try all the favorite restaurants and dessert spots. Magnolia Bakery, obviously, was one of our favorite places to have dessert. Everything in the bakery is heavenly but the two that stand out the most are their famous cupcakes and the banana pudding. We are now located in Florida and miss our fun trips to the bakery so we decided to recreate their exact banana pudding recipe. This recipe is from their cookbook, The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook.
SIMPLE INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR MAGNOLIA BAKERY'S FAMOUS BANANA PUDDING
For this simple recipe, it only has a few ingredients including instant pudding, vanilla wafers, bananas, sweetened condensed milk, and cream. That's it! Seriously! That's it! And....what's even better that there is no baking involved. Just prep time to make the heavy cream-pudding mixture and assembling the layers together.
MAGNOLIA BAKERY'S FAMOUS BANANA PUDDING RECIPE
14 oz. (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 c ice cold water
3.4 oz (1 package) instant vanilla pudding mix
3 c heavy cream
12 oz (1 box) Nabisco Nilla Wafers
4 cups sliced ripe bananas
In a electric mixer bowl, beat together the condensed milk and water until well combined, approximately 1 minute.
Add the vanilla pudding mix and beat the mixture for 2 additional minutes.
Cover and refrigerator for 3-4 hours or even overnight to allow the proper amount of time for hte pudding mixture to set.
In another large bowl, use the electric mixer on medium speed to whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the pudding mixture into the whipped cream until completely incorporated and there are no streaks of pudding remaining.
To assemble the dessert, you can either add to single serving cups or dishes or one large bowl.
Add a layer of the pudding mixture to the bottom of the bowl,
Next add a layer of nilla wafers and crushed nilla wafers over the pudding mixture.
Add a layer of sliced bananas over the wafers.
Repeating this layering two more times.
At the top, using a decorative piping tip and piping bag, pipe the pudding mixture. Garnish with sliced bananas, nilla wafers and nilla wafer crumbles.
SEE HOW TO ASSEMBLE THE BANANA PUDDING BELOW (VIEW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT)
Covered the final banana pudding tightly with plastic wrap and allow to chill for 4 hours --or up to 8 hours.
Do not cut the bananas ahead of time to prevent browning or brush lightly with lemon juice.
Before piping the final layer of the pudding mixture, be sure the mixture is cold and still pipes stiff peaks or the shape of the piping will melt.
Having this recipe brings a sense of nostalgia of when the kids were still little and we would take them with us whereever we went exploring New York City.
Ali & Marissa