Easy No Bake Summertime Banana Pudding Recipe: Special of the Day - Side of Flash Fiction
Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon, or not at all.— Harriet Van Horne
Easy No Bake Summertime Banana Pudding
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This "Dinner and a Movie" type series (adapted for HubPages) came to mind after I read a wonderful poem/recipe combination written by John Hansen, aka Jodah on HubPages, in "his experiment," How to Make the World's Best Scrambled Eggs.
I decided to join in the fun. I do hope you enjoy this flash fiction here with a bit of humor mixed in.
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Storytelling and swapping tales is a chief form of amusement in the South.
People are Funny
“Henreey, what time is your Mama coming over for supper?” Mable hollered from the kitchen. Mable’s screams for Henry always hit that same nerve in Henry’s lower spine, which caused his face to contort.
Why must she holler so? Henry thought, for he was just in the next room.
“Henreeey?” Mable screamed again.
“I can’t hear what you’re saying, Mable," Henry paused. "I don’t have my hearing aids in,” Henry shouted back to Mable, then removed his hearing aids. Sweet Lord, I beg of you to help me get through this evening! Henry prayed.
Mable sighed with a big huff and thumped the whisk into the kitchen sink.
Henry heard Mable’s stomps on the hardwood floors.
“Henry, why on God’s green earth do you not have your hearing aids in, of all days, when your Mama is coming over here?" Mable questioned. "You know I need you to hear what your Mama says to me, especially being I am not making her banana pudding recipe, but mine!" Mable explained. "I can’t be alone in the same room with your Mama for the entire evening!” Mable snapped.
“Well, dear, wouldn’t it be much easier on you if you just made my Mama’s recipe?" Henry asked. "I mean, I just want you to not fret over a little banana pudding, is all,” Henry replied.
Mable’s eyes burned a hole right through Henry and landed on that same nerve. Truth be known, Henry didn't care to try a new banana pudding recipe, for he loved his Mama’s recipe. He loved smelling the baked pudding coming out of the oven with the meringue whipped up so high.
In the midst of their stare down, the front door opened. In came Mama Hester.
“Anybody home?” Mama Hester questioned.
“Yes, Mama, of course, we’re here,” Henry acknowledged.
He gave his Mama a kiss on the cheek.
“Well, I wondered if I came on the wrong evening for supper being I don’t smell anything cooking,” Mama Hester retorted.
“Mama Hester, of course tonight is the night we wanted you to come for dinner," Mable insisted. "I have prepared a wonderful meal, and a special new dessert recipe I am looking forward to you trying,” Mable informed with a forced smile.
Henry held his Mama’s arm and hurried into the dining room. Mable set the table before she and Henry had their stare down.
“Here you go, Mama,” Henry gestured as he pulled out the chair where his Mama always sat.
Mama Hester eyed the table and spotted Mable’s roast beef and grimaced. As Mama Hester sat down, she felt the familiar licking of her hand as she pulled her chair in closer.
“Oh, there’s my sweet boy, Elvis!” Mama Hester declared with relief in her voice.
Elvis, Mable and Henry's Basset Hound, knew he would have more than his fair share of food scraps from the table every time Mama Hester came for supper and so he wagged his tail.
“Elvis, you get out from under that table right now,” Mable demanded, and tried to shoo Elvis from under the table.
“Mable, Mable, he is fine just where he is; please let him be,” Mama Hester’s voice shrilled.
“Are you sure, Mama Hester?” Mable questioned.
“I am quite sure," Mama Hester asserted. "Henry, will you please say grace?” Mama Hester insisted.
Elvis sensed he was good to go and sat down at Mama Hester’s feet, where he enjoyed a sampling each time Mable left the table for more ice for the sweet tea.
The usual small talk ensued during the main meal. Mable then presented her new dessert for all to enjoy. Elvis waddled off. Henry’s eyes widened at such a presentation and Mama Hester noticed.
“What’s this?” Mama Hester questioned.
“Mama, this is Mable’s banana pudding recipe,” Henry answered.
“Banana pudding?" Mama Hester paused. "Well, it certainly doesn’t smell like anyone baked banana pudding in this house!” Mama Hester exclaimed.
“Mama Hester, this is a no bake banana pudding recipe,” Mable informed.
Henry admired Mable’s new banana pudding presentation and picked up the serving spoon. Mable smiled.
“No bake? What kind of banana pudding is any good if not baked in the oven?” Mama Hester snapped.
Mable’s right hand shook a bit when she placed the dessert plates on the table. Henry picked up his spoon in anticipation.
“Why would you make a banana pudding like this for dessert when you have my tried and true recipe that Henry loves?” Mama Hester interrogated.
In unison, Henry and Mable responded, “We still love your traditional recipe”.
“Well, I'm full,” Mama Hester announced as she pushed away from the table.
Mama Hester insisted Henry accompany her to the sitting room for her leg was stiff. Henry bolted from his chair to assist his Mama.
“Now Mama, don’t fret," Henry whispered. "You know your banana pudding recipe can’t be topped, and I do not even care to try that new one,” Henry comforted.
“Yes, that’s right!" Mable hesitated for a moment. "It’s not your Mama’s banana pudding!” Mable exclaimed.
Disgusted, Mable wolfed down her serving of pudding. It was divine, creamy and light. Satisfied, Mable pushed herself away from the table and retreated to the kitchen to clean up. Henry was reluctant to check on Mable in the kitchen, but he did. Mable never looked up from scrubbing the pans. Henry left Mable to her own volition.
“Elvis is that you?" Mama Hester queried. "Henry did you shut Elvis in the bedroom again? Henry, Henry, do you hear me calling you?” Mama Hester probed again, and rose from the chair in search of Elvis.
She tried to discern the strange gulping noises followed by some sort of moaning sounds. She wondered what Elvis was into this time. She pushed open the door to the back bedroom.
“Henreey!” Mama Hester gasped.
Mable heard breaking china coming from the other end of the house. Henry gulped and wiped his face with his sleeve. Elvis snorted from underneath the kitchen table.
© Faith Reaper, April 26, 2015
So tired ah'm dead on mah feet.
Southerners know what it means to be “full as a tick on a hound dog”.
Basset Hound - There's Really a Song! There's a Banana Pudding Song too, but it is not Appropriate for HP.
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Easy No Bake Summertime Banana Pudding Recipe
This recipe is so good it'll make your tongue slap your face. Here in the South that means it's dang good!
A lovely Canadian friend of mine from work, who has since retired, shared this luscious dessert with us on special events. (I believe it may be that my friend found this recipe courtesy of Paula Deen and her "Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding" recipe.) If so, my review of this recipe is that it is the best banana pudding recipe I have ever tasted. Whenever I have served this particular recipe, it always receives rave reviews from all who enjoy it.
This creamy, light and fluffy creation is the perfect dessert for those warm summer days. Who wants to heat up the kitchen during the summer months? Not me! If you are ever in need of a dessert that will feed a large group of more than 12, then this is the dessert for which you have been searching. Each serving is perfectly sized by the cookies and with the 2-inch thickness of cool and creamy pudding, you will not be disappointed.
It is important to be mindful that the ingredients required for this scrumptious dessert do add up in cost. This recipe costs approximately $20.00 to prepare. For that reason, I am sure to make this for special occasions where many people will be in attendance. I never regret spending a bit more on this recipe when I have a special reason to do so. An added bonus with this recipe is that it is even better the next day!
Don't Forget the Bananas!
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Cook Time - No Bake
Chessmen Cookies Lining Bottom of Dish
- 2 bags cookies, Pepperidge Farm Chessmen
- 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
- 2 cups milk
- 1 (5 –ounce) box instant pudding, French vanilla
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened, Kraft Original Philadelphia
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, Eagle Brand
- 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream, thawed
Pour Light and Fluffy Pudding Mixture over Cookies and Bananas
- Line the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
- 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 sweetened condensed milk together and mix until smooth.
- Fold the whipped topping in 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.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
I like to cover the layer of Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies totally with bananas to where there are none visible on the bottom. Here, however, I only used six bananas instead of eight, as two of my bananas were too ripe to use. The more bananas covering the entire bottom, the better in my opinion.
If you cannot find instant French vanilla pudding, simply add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
If you cannot find the 5-ounce box of French vanilla instant pudding, just buy two smaller boxes and adapt. I don’t use banana flavored pudding, as this recipe already calls for real bananas.
If you cannot find a 12-ounce container of Cool Whip, just purchase two 8-ounce containers and use ½ of one container to equal 12 ounces.
A few Tips
It’s always good to sprinkle a little lemon juice on the bananas to prevent them from turning brown.
At the grocer’s, be sure to have the two packages of Pepperidge Chessmen cookies placed in a separate bag with no other items. These cookies cost almost $4.00 a package. Also, be mindful to not toss them in with your other groceries when loading your car. They are a bit delicate.
Carefully remove each of the three individual paper cups containing the Pepperidge Farm Chessmen cookies from each package to ensure they do not get broken. There will be a total of six paper cups (two packages) used for this recipe.
Time to put on the Final Touches
Notice each Individual Chessmen Cookie
Each individual cookie has a short line indicating which part of the cookie is the bottom. Below, please note my second row of cookies where I inadvertently placed the third cookie from the left upside down, as it is a pawn in the game of chess. Also, I wound up with my bottom row of cookies not spacing accordingly, which breaks the visual appeal. Of course, the taste is not affected in any way.
Time to dig in and Enjoy!
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Something to Ponder
So where is your heart right now in the area of showing grace? How can we love one another better? Let's be mindful to love, seek mercy and walk humbly with our God.