Sunday, June 22, 2008

Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding

I've been dying to try this recipe ever since I saw Mama Paula make this on her television show but there never seemed to be the perfect time especially since the hubby and I started our new exercise and diet regime (10 pounds down! whewww hewww!) Ahhhem sorry that was the attention whore side getting the best of me. Anyway! When my newly married cousins (who are now expecting!!! There I go again!) invited us over for dinner today, I knew I had to come up with something special for dessert. Knowing Joey LOVES anything banana and knowing Paula never disappoints, I knew this would be the perfect recipe! I can't wait to sink my teeth into this one!

Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding
From: The Lady & Sons Just Desserts by: Paula Deen

2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
6 to 8 bananas, sliced 2 cups milk
1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream

Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate until ready to serve.