Every year MPACT, our youth group, hosts a dessert auction  on a sunday night to raise money for their many missions trips. About five years ago when they asked me to make something to be auctioned off I decided that I would make something other than the usual cake or pie. I made a big ol’ bowl of banana pudding.

The night of the auction, the place was full and all-a-buzz with excitement. Cakes and pies, cookies and bars were selling like hot cakes! As the auction rocked on I could see that my dessert was next in line to be put up on the auction block. I held my breath not knowing if banana pudding would raise much money. Well, much to my surprise it went for $270.00, and has continued to go for that much or more every year since. This is not attributed to my cooking abilities, it is just a great recipe!

So I thought I would share it with you, my readers. I have had some WONDERFUL comments about your hand at cooking the recipes that I have posted and how good they turned out. I am so proud of you for getting in the kitchen and cooking for your family. Listen to me when I say “ANYONE can do it!” Keep me posted on how this works……….I LOVE hearing from you!

BANANA PUDDING

1- can Eagle Brand condensed milk

1 1/2 cups cold water

1- 3 oz box of instant vanilla pudding

2 c. heavy cream, whipped

1- box Nilla Wafers

3 or 4 good size bananas

In a large bowl mix the eagle brand, water and pudding  with a wisk until well blended. Put it in the refrigerator to chill for 5 minutes.

While the pudding mixture is setting up you can whip the heavy cream. Whip cream with an electric hand mixer until it is stiff. Now gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture.

That’s it!

Now it is time for the fun part. Grab a pretty bowl and begin the layer your pudding mixture with your sliced bananas and the Nilla Wafers. I always start with the pudding first then the bananas and then the cookies. Make three layers and end up with cookies on top. Makes 8-10 servings.

Hint: Do not leave bananas exposed to air on top because they will turn brown and yucky, if you want bananas on top then you will need to dip them in lemon juice first and that will keep them fresh looking. And remember to keep this refrigerated! Good luck!