Monday, February 11, 2013

Banana Pudding

Recently I was charged with bringing dessert to a Super Bowl party.  My husband chose banana pudding.  I think this recipe (or a variation of it) is probably pretty common, but it is easy and we really like it.

Banana Pudding*
Category:  Desserts
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
1 (8 oz) container Cool Whip
1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
1 box Vanilla Wafers
3-4 bananas, sliced
1.             Prepare pudding as directed.  Refrigerate for approximately 5 minutes.
2.             Mix together Cool Whip, Eagle Brand milk and sour cream.  Mix into pudding.
3.             Arrange a layer of Vanilla Wafers on bottom of 13x9 baking dish.  Arrange a layer of banana slices on top of the cookies.  Pour ½ of pudding mixture over bananas.  Repeat.  Top with more cookies.
4.             Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours.











I found a great recipe for gingerbread biscotti in a parenting magazine.  It was a fun, easy Christmas gifts kids can make.  The gingerbread flavor is so rich.  You bake the biscotti and then let it cool and then toast it.  Honestly, sometimes, we don't put it back into toast it.  When you take it out of the oven the first time it is the consistency of gingerbread (except it doesn't rise, so it's flat bread, but YUMMY). 

Gingerbread Biscotti
Category:  Baked Goods
Sub Category:
Source: Family Fun

2 c flour

1 t baking powder

1 ½ t ginger

3 t cinnamon

¼ t salt

6T unsalted butter, softened

1 c sugar

2 eggs

3 T light molasses

2 t vanilla

8 oz white chocolate chips


  1.  Heat oven to 350. Coat a baking sheet w/cooking spray. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. 
  3. In stand mixer on med, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg, molasses and vanilla and mix well.  Reduce speed to low and blend in flour mixture.
  4. With slightly wet hands, halve dough and shape into two 2 ½ x 9 in rectangles.  Bake until golden brown and just starting to crack, about 25 min.  Let cool and reduce the oven’s temperature to 325.
  5. Use a sharp knife to cut loaves into ¾ in slices.  Place slices cut side down and bake until toasted, about 8 min.  They should be crunchy on outside but not hard.  Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
  6. Melt the chocolate and drizzle on biscotti


I have three different pancake recipes I like.  Aaron asked for pancakes the other day and I grabbed this one.  I was reminded of how much I like it.  It turns out very good pancakes.  It calls for plain yogurt, but I always use flavored - whatever I have.  I've done blueberry, banana and vanilla.  I sometimes omit the vanilla depending on the flavor of yogurt used.


1 c flour

1 T sugar

1 t baking powder

½ t baking soda

1 c plain yogurt

1 egg

½ c water

1 t vanilla


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk remaining ingredients and add to dry ingredients, mixing well.
  3. Cook on griddle.