Wow, it has been a long time since my last entry! I'm sorry if anyone has been waiting to hear from me ! The recipe I'd like to share with you today is from Paula Deen. It's called "Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding Pie" and believe me it is delicious. The first time I had this dessert was Thanksgiving last year. My Aunt, who is a fantastic cook/baker made it and the whole family loved it! I recently made this for my boyfriend's sister's babyshower and I received lots of requests for the recipe. I thought it was perfect for a babyshower because it the chessmen cookies remind me of baby blocks. I made a couple of changes to Paula's recipe (see below for details).
- 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies
- 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
- 2 cups milk (I use whole milk)
- 1 (5-ounce) box instant French vanilla pudding (I use plain vanilla)
- 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. (I like to put some pudding mixture on top of cookies first to help soften the cookies and to keep bananas from turning brown, then the bananas, then the majority of the pudding mixture.)
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.
Gently 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 (all facing in the same direction).
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
**Note: This is definitely best made the day ahead, or else it is difficult to eat the cookies, they need to soften.