It’s a little dangerous to live a few blocks from the infamous Magnolia Bakery. It’s easy to pop in for a cupcake or other sweet treat at all times of the day (they even open at 7am!), and hard to resist tasting their iconic classic desserts. However, It was only recently that I looked past the bakery case – turns out they serve quite a few non-cupcake items. I would never have tried the banana pudding if not for a friend’s recommendation and, if I hadn’t, I would have missed out on one of the best treats in NYC. Seriously!
Magnolia serves their pudding in the best messy way possible, all scooped into a paper container without regard to style or making the layers appear pretty. So take note when making this at home, while the layers of pudding, banana slices and wafers are what give this dish dimension and ensures every bite has tons of flavor, looks don’t really matter.
I made these in small glasses for individual servings since I don’t own a pretty trifle dish, but if you do, by all means this is the time to use it.
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 cup ice cold water
- 1 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 4 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
- 1 12 oz box vanilla wafer cookies
- Pour sweetened condensed milk into a medium bowl.
- Add ice water and whisk until well combined.
- Add instant vanilla pudding mix and whisk until mix is fully dissolved and the liquid had begun to thicken slightly, 2 full minutes.
- Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours.
- Beat cream with an electric or stand mixer until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
- Remove pudding from refrigerator.
- Fold about a third of the whipped cream into the pudding until well combined. Repeat until all of whipped cream is combined with pudding. Set aside.
- Assemble pudding by creating one layer of vanilla wafers. Cover with one layer of banana slices and top with pudding cream mixture. Repeat for 1-2 more layers. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours and serve.
*This recipe is flexible to a variety of serving bowls and containers, but best suited to those which allow at least 2 and ideally 3 layers.