My future mother-in-law makes some of the b e s t southern food. Seriously. When I met Thomas' family, I was hooked on their family's cooking from the start. You see being from California my family makes yummy food, but not yummy southern food. And boy, was I missing out. Sweet potatoes are my new-found love language. Green beans and butter beans are totally different with that southern twist of adding a ham hock. Not to mention all of the other d e l i c i o u s southern cuisine that has changed my life forever. And the banana pudding, oh my the banana pudding.
Seriously y'all. I could probably talk all day about the new found love I have for southern cuisine. All day. But today I'm just focusing on my favorite southern dessert (with a close runner-up to sweet potato souffle). Banana Pudding.
And while there is NO replacement for this beloved dessert that is the picture of America's heartland...there is room for twists on the recipe. Introducing, Banana Pudding Poke Cake. Prepare to be wowed and drool like crazy.
- Yellow Cake Mix (and ingredients to make the cake)
- 2 pkg. Banana Creme Pudding Mix, instant
- 1 tub Cool Whip (8oz), refrigerated
- 4 cups of Milk
- Nilla Wafers
- Banana, optional
- Bake cake according to instructions on the box. Let it cool completely.
- With a wooden spoon, poke wholes all throughout the cake. Make sure to reach the bottom of the cake.
- Whisk together the 2 packages of pudding and 4 cups of milk for a couple of minutes. Mix thoroughly.
- Let it sit until it is "soft set" (just beginning to thicken), approx. 2 minutes.
- Pour pudding over cake and smooth with a wooden spoon, making sure the pudding gets into each hole.
- Let it cool in the fridge completely.
- Add cool whip, and top with crushed Nilla Wafers.
* add slices of whole nilla wafers and banana when serving...wowza!
And wowza! you've got yourself a DELICIOUS twist on an American staple. Trust me y'all this is something that needs to make it to your family BBQs this summer...or in fact, anywhere for any reason. It's -t h a t- good!
Do you love good ole southern cooking? Is Banana Pudding a favorite for you? Did your in-laws introduce you to different foods?