First up is the one that has overtime become my requested dish at family gatherings. I always feel so great about watching my brother in law scoop loads of the banana pudding onto his plate, and always accepting the leftovers to take home when I offer them. :) We served this at our gender reveal party, which is where the photo above is from. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as our family has!
Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding
(originally found here)
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups ice cold water
Small box (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
3 cups heavy whipping cream
Box Nilla Wafers
4 sliced bananas (make sure they are ripe!)
In the bowl of a mixer, beat sweetened condensed milk and water for about a minute. Add the pudding mix and beat for about two more minutes. Transfer to a smaller bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until firm. (I've also been known to pop this in the freezer for 30 minutes in a pinch!)
In a large bowl on medium speed, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in the pudding mixture until fully combined and no streaks of pudding are visible.
In a large bowl (or trifle dish, or large disposable tupperware.. I've used them all!), layer wafers, bananas, and pudding until you have 3 or 4 layers. End with pudding and decorate with crushed wafers on top. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. I think it is better refrigerated overnight (the wafers become soft and everything starts to meld together).
What are y'alls go to recipes for entertaining?