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A Classic Childhood Dessert

May 23, 2013

As a single working mother, mom didn’t always have the extra money or time to make dessert, but that’s why this easy and inexpensive dessert is near and dear to our heart. It was one of the simplest and most inexpensive desserts she made for us, her three little ones, as we enjoyed watching a little TV together.

I distinctly remember mom making vanilla pudding with milk. Growing up, mom never made instant pudding. As-a-matter-of-fact, I’m not sure it existed. She would stand at the stove whisking the pudding and milk so it wouldn’t burn. Then she would pour it into small bowls, let it set, and then add banana slices and some vanilla wafers. Occasionally, she would splurge for some whipped cream and we’d all take turns topping our warm pudding with lots of whipped cream. I loved it when we would finally all sit around the television after dinner to have this special dessert.

The texture of the warm pudding melted in my mouth, followed by the tender banana slices, and the crunch of the vanilla wafers. Watching mom whisking away at the stovetop patiently was worth the wait. To this day I occasionally treat my family to JELLO-O Vanilla Flavor Cook & Serve Pudding from a box. The ease of making this warm and delicious recipe always takes me back to those carefree times as a little kid at home. Every time I see one of those vanilla pudding boxes at the grocery store, it brings back warm and fuzzy memories of us eating, laughing and sharing a moment together as though we had not a single care in the world. I’m truly convinced that it’s the simplest things in life that make us the happiest.

Warm Vanilla Pudding

Makes 6 servings

3 cups milk
1 4.6 oz. package JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Cook & Serve Pudding
2 bananas, sliced
1 box vanilla wafers
COOL WHIP Whipped Topping

Warm the milk, add the vanilla pudding, and whisk until it comes to a rolling boil.

Continue to whisk for about 1 minute.

Remove from the heat. Let it set for about 5 minutes.

Mix thoroughly, spoon into bowls or cups, layer alternately with banana slices and whipped cream. Top with more bananas, whipped cream and a couple of wafers.

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