Monday, December 19, 2011

Easy Recipes

Some of you have asked for these recipes. I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Banana Pudding was a delicious dessert my Mama made, but she had to stir the pudding and beat the meringue for the longest time. This one is much easier.

Creamy Banana Pudding
1 (14 ounce) can condensed milk (not evaporated milk!)
1 1/2 cup cold water
1 (4 serving size) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups whipped cream

1 (12 ounce) box vanilla wafers
3 or 4 bananas

Combine sweetened condensed milk, water, and pudding mix; mix well. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped cream.

Put a layer of vanilla wafers on the bottom of your bowl. Top with a third of the bananas and pudding mix. Repeat vanilla wafers, bananas, and pudding mix layer twice, ending with pudding mix. Garnish with crushed vanilla wafers. Keep refrigerated. Make this several hours or even the day before your guests arrive.

I make this in a trifle bowl and put extra vanilla wafers around the sides just to make it pretty. This dessert will make your guests forget that the roast was a little dry or the rolls slightly too done!

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1 3/4 cup hottest tap water
Vanilla ice cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, the baking powder and salt in an ungreased baking pan, 9x9x2 inches. Mix in milk, oil and vanilla with fork until smooth. Spread in pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cocoa. Pour hot water over batter. Bake for 40 minutes.
Let stand at least 15 minutes. Cut into nine squares. Put each square in a dessert dish and spoon ice cream on top. Cover the ice cream with the pudding from the pan.

The first time I made this more than thirty years ago, I couldn't believe it would turn into something edible. I was so wrong! It has been a family favorite. I have learned to put the baking pan on an aluminum foil covered larger pan, because the pudding will boil over sometimes.

Sorry I don't have photos of the finished desserts. I'm not planning to make them again before Christmas, and I know some of you wanted the recipes before you did your Christmas baking.