White Chocolate Caramel Banana Pudding and other Best Dishes First

I have wanted to start a food blog for over a year now, but I just never could decide to really sit down and do it.  The reason the idea even came to me was because people were always asking me for recipes that me, my mother or others in my family made.  I come from a big family of wonderful southern cooks.  However, I  am terrible about putting things on paper when it comes to recipes, because I rarely really use one for the foods that people always ask about.  They are just old family favorites that might have started with a recipe years ago and with tweaks have become what they are now.  Of course, for something new, mildly exotic, or complicated I will use a recipe the first time.

I decided that starting out, I would feature some of my boy's favorites, by that I mean my son, his friends, several nephews and my husband and father. I decided to start with these, because they are hardy, fairly easy and feed big eaters on a budget and all of the girls love them too.

 So, I told my son to send me a list of their top 5 or 6 dishes to get us started.  He got back to me fairly quickly and wanted to know when I would start cooking...lol.  He seems excited about this blog and hopes it requires lots of extra food for him.



White Chocolate Caramel Banana Pudding 


Here is what you are gonna need:


Bananas, white chocolate instant pudding mix, whipped cream, cream cheese, shortbread cookies (I used girl scout cookies), sweetened condensed milk, milk and a bar of white chocolate...which I forgot to put in the picture...sorry I am new to this.


Start by making your caramel.  Take two cans of sweetened condensed milk, remove the outside labels and place in a pan deep enough to cover them with water.  Bring the water to a low boil and boil for 3 hours.  Make sure the water stays over the cans the entire time.  You will need to add water frequently.  DO NOT let the pan boil dry.  If you do the cans could explode and that won't be good.  You can also place the cans in a foil lined crockpot, cover with water, place lid on and cook on low for about 6 hours or overnight.  With both procedures, use tongs to place hot cans in a cool water bath to cool them.  When cool you can open them to the most delicious thing you will ever taste.



Mix milk and pudding mix in one bowl until it starts to set up slightly, then mix 1 can sweetened condensed milk and the block of softened cream cheese.  Once blended well beat the two together until thoroughly combined.  Next fold in 1/2 of the whipped cream.  Save the rest for the top.




Now you can start layering.  Begin with cookies, next pudding mix, then slice a couple of bananas over that and the 1 can of the milk.  Start another layer of cookies, pudding mix bananas, and caramel.  Last layer do the last two bananas, and layer of cookies. 



Finish it off with the whipped topping you reserved and white chocolate curls or shavings from the bar of white chocolate. 


Ta-dah! 


Ingredients


5 -6 bananas
3 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 box Trefoils Girl Scout cookies or any good shortbread cookie
2 cups milk
5 oz. box instant white chocolate pudding mix
1 8oz. block cream cheese (you can use lite, but I wouldn't use fat free)
1 12 oz container whipped cream
1 bar of good white chocolate for your shavings or curls






71 comments:

  1. Delicious dessert! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are welcome, I am glad you enjoyed it.

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    2. Can you make this with some other sort of carmel? Just don't want to boil for 3 hours.

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  2. I am going to try this. whisp me luck!

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    1. You will love it and it's really fairly easy. :)

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  3. This looks so good!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! It's one of my favorites!

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    2. Thanks. For sharing I am going. To try this it sure looks. Yummy.!!

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  4. Looks fantastic can;t wait to try it, thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think you will love it! Let me know! :)

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  5. It sounds good but Vanilla Wafer Cookies are the best cookies for banana puddings.

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  6. the can of milk that's added to the pudding mix, is that the 3rd can of sweetened condensed milk that didn't get boiled? My grandbabies will love this!!

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  7. Lorraine, yes the 3rd can of milk is to be mixed with the pudding mix. I know those grandbabies will love it.

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  8. Think I hear my trifle dish calling its name !

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  9. Sounds wonderful and I have the dish you use to put the pudding in. I am enjoying your post so much. :^))

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  10. Sounds good but must have calories enough for a week, with all that milk, fat and sugar. For those who are diabetic, like me, you can make a not as good but good one with fat free milk,and sugar free pudding, sugar free vanilla wafers. Use condensed milk, but skim, makes it taste richer. Extra vanilla flavoring adds a lot to taste. Cream cheese is not needed, but if you want it, fat free tastes just as good. There is also a sugar free caramel syrup by Smuckers that is very tasty.

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    1. Grace could you post this as a recipe? And instructions, please, tag my name so I know you have done it, thank you in advance :-)

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  11. Oh my word!!!! This looks so good! The caramel....JUST WOW! I cannot wait to try this! Think I'll make this and your lasagna for hubby's birthday in November! Thank you so much for sharing! Blessings! Kim

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  12. I can't wait to try this recipe . It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Why couldn't you just go the the Mexican food section of the store and get 2 cans of the dulce de leche which is just canned caramel?

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    1. Not all stores carry dulce due leche. I worked retail for16 years. Just saying.

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  14. I have tried the canned dulce de leche and for some recipes it works ok, but it just doesn't taste as good as making it from the condensed milk. It's a little stiffer and not as creamy.

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  15. i am gonna attemp this for my family for Thanksgiving i am unsure where to use the 2 cups of milk. please help:)Terri

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  16. The two cups of milk are to mix the pudding mix with.

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  17. What a hit!! The only thing I did different was 2 small pkg of the white chocolate pudding mix and 3 cups of milk (didn't find the large pudding mix pkgs). I have never been a fan of banana pudding because I don't like the texture of the bananas altho I love the flavor. I sliced the bananas fairly thin and that seemed to resolve that problem. It has already been requested that I make this for Christmas dinner!

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  20. I have tried several of your recipes and I love the way you have it set up with the explanations and the pictures. It makes it so easy to follow. I made the Squash casserole a few nights ago and everyone Loved it, had to promise to make it again this weekend. You do a great job. Thank you so much, Nancy

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  21. will try this one, First layer--I use vanilla waffers- Secpond layer - 2 pkgs small of cream cheese pudding mixed ( or white choc would work or even banana) into a 1/2 gallon of blue bell french vanilla ice cream mostly softened. Third layer Banana slices, Fourth Layer Cool Whip---soooooo goood.

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  22. I would be using ice cream caramel topping. I'm not boiling anything for 3 hours. Too impatient !!

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  23. How is the caramel made?

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    1. Its not, there is no brown sugar butter, there making something simular to dulce de leche
      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/dulce-de-leche-recipe/index.html

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  24. Thank you Kathy, for posting "normal" recipes that don't take things that I wouldn't normally have in my kitchen. I'm lookin forward to more of your recipes.
    This pudding looks delicious and i'll have to give it a try soon.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Linda

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  25. Question, On the amount of white chocolate, are you talking about a candy bar size bar or a square of white chocolate. I'm assuming a candy bar size, just want to be sure cause this sounds amazing!

    Thanks!

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  26. I'm a little confused...Do you use 2 cups of milk and a can of sweetened condensed milk in 1-5oz box of pudding mix....and what size can?

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  27. To make the filling you use the pudding mix, two cups of milk and 1 can of the condensed milk. The other cans of condensed milk are to make the caramel. Most condensed milk comes in 14 oz. cans. Eagle Brand is the most available, but there are other brands that are actually less expensive and are good.

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  28. I'm confused. Is the caramel made from the condensed milk being boiled? I don't see how to make the caramel. Thank you.

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  29. Attempting to make this with ice cream caramel topping instead of the caramelized sweetened condensed milk would be the same as using lemon jello to Make a lemon meringue pie!

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  30. I got the caramel part! Had to reread the directions!

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  31. I'm my Mother-in-laws caretaker. Sadly she has dementia. Banana's are her favorite. She would solely eat them foregoing all other foods. I can't wait to make this for her. It will no doubt bring happiness to my whole family. Thank you. Kathryn Webb

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  32. Oh my gosh, this dessert recipe is pure genius! I made it tonight. SO delicious AND the caramel instructions (btw, I did the crockpot version) also will work great for other recipes that need caramel.

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  33. I am making this now! Can not wait to taste it!!!

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  34. Do you have to have a certain dish to make this in?

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  35. YUMMY-I CAN ALMOST TASTE IT NOW!!!

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  36. Cathy, I have "Shared" many of the recipe's you have posted through my timeline. Great comments! We would like to know if you have or would consider putting these recipe's in a cook book. Would gladly pay for one. Trying to copy and then keep up with them is time consuming and some people wish they were all in one book. Something to think about.Your recipe's and the beautiful photos of the finished product are excellent. PLEASE A BOOK!!!! Thank you.

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  37. I am thinking about a cookbook. Right now it's just about getting a publisher. We will see what happens in the future. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

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  38. Just tried my luck! I think it will disappear in a matter of minutes at my home!

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  39. I cant wait to try this!!

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  40. This looks good I already have the dish you used. My sister-n-law told me about your blog. I'm glad she did. I'll have to make the banana pudding for our Easter dinner.

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  41. I made this yesterday for the second time. Again, it was well received. I boiled the cans this time, rather than using the slow cooking method. It was a much deeper flavor. I love this recipe!

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  42. This looks soooo good and I'm not to big on banana pudding ....at an Asian restaurant I had the best banana pudding I think because they use their almond cookies ...so I think ill try this recipe with almond cookied but I hope I can do the caramel mixing

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  43. This is VERY similar to Banoffee pie, which I've made for years. It's really delicious.

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  44. This looks FANTASTIC!!! The question is do you use individual caramel pieces and add it into the cooked milk?? Will it melt like that since we have to put the milk into a cool water bath?? That part wasn't finished so, I'm a bit confused!!

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  45. The canned evaporated milk turns to caramel. That is what makes the caramel once it is boil for the time given.

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  46. Kathy thank you for this recipe. I have never made caramel this way so, great trick. There are many variations that can be used whenever making Banana Pudding and most them are based upon whatever version we grew up on.
    I am always happy to get a new version of a recipe that I can try and actually enjoy. I recently tried a version that used shortbread cookies and it was pretty good but, I cannot wait to give yours a try.
    Just wanted to thank you for taking your time to share with all of us.

    I hope you are Blessed and Enjoy The Best Life Available To You.

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  47. Hey Kathy: Thank you for taking your time to share this recipe.
    I usually make my caramel the old fashioned way, thank you for the great tip on making the caramel.
    There are many different versions to making Banana Pudding. I think most are passed down through families.
    I have never had one that was made with caramel so, I cannot wait to try this one!

    I Hope You Are Blessed and Enjoy The Best Life Available To You!

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  48. darleneblank65@hotmail.comMarch 28, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Sounds delish! I'm absolutely gonna make this! I have a question though. Does the condensed milk turn to carmel when its boiled? I've never heard of that. Wanna make sure I don't mess it up! Thanks@ :)

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  49. Can you give us the recipe for Banana Pudding.

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  50. Can this be made up ahead of time and refrigerated overnight) or will the bananas and cookies get too mushy?

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  51. I have done the boiled sweetened condensed milk thing before, and it tastes nothing like caramel. Pitched it in the garbage.

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    1. You obviously must have done something wrong then. When the directions are followed the results are a rich caramel that is absolutely delicious.

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  52. I always use vanilla wafers for the cookie part. This is my very favorite dish to have for dessert!

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  53. OMG. I am DROOLING. I HAVE to make this, lol. Never knew that's how you can make caramel. THANKS

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  54. I am looking forward to making this for Thanksgiving. Will make it the morning of and hope it won't be too soggy for dinner at four o'clock. It sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing!!

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  55. I can't find a 5 oz box of pudding

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  56. Do u use regular milk or can milk 4 the pudding mix

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  57. This is the best! My family asks me to bring it to every family gathering! Thanks!

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  58. OMGoodness, just reading the ingredients caused me to need to take an extra insulin shot! ��

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