Banana Pudding with Custard Powder (with slideshow)
This Banana Pudding with Custard Powder is a perfect sweet dessert made by layering Vanilla wafers, Sliced banana, Whipped Custard-Cream-Cheese and topped with a little fresh whipped cream.
Banana Pudding is another one of those famous Southern American Favorites that just seems ‘timeless’. The older versions used sponge cake in place of the Vanilla Wafer Biscuits. Along with time, the famous recipe was changed a bit here and there with some variations even calling for a meringue top and thus requiring baking time. Nabisco made the use of ‘Nilla’ wafers, commonplace in the making of this Favorite dessert. Seems like everyone is looking for the easiest way to make it, some recipes call for Jello Brand Vanilla Pudding Mix and Whipped Cream from a Can! This recipe makes an easier custard using Birds Brand Custard Powder.
Banana Pudding with Custard Powder
Recipe Name: Banana Pudding with Custard Powder
Recipe Type: Desserts / American
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Cook time: 5 min
Chill time: 6 -8 hours
Yield: (6 servings)
- 4 tbsp birds custard powder, 3 Tbsp sugar
- 500 mls mik
- 2 tsp vanilla extract200 gms cream cheese (like Philadelphia cream cheese) – softened
- 3 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
- 1 Tbsp icing sugar/ powdered sugar / confectioners sugar
- 1 pk nilla wafer (see notes)
- 4-5 bananas
- Put the custard powder and sugar into a small cup or bowl.
- Measure out the milk (500 ml). From this take 4 Tbsp and mix it with the custard powder (4 Tbsp). Stir well and make sure it is lump free.
- Pour the remaining milk into a saucepan and bring to heat. Just before it comes to a boil, pour some of the hot milk into he custard-milk solution and stir.
- Pour this mixture back into the sauce pan and stir continuously on low-medium heat till the custard thickens (about 2 minutes).
- Allow to cool completely.
- Make sure the cream cheese is softened at room temperature.
- Add the softened cream cheese to a mixer and beat till fluffy.
- Add the cooled custard (which would have thickened even further after cooling) and continue beating till smoothly incorporated.
- Add the condensed milk and beat again. Set aside the whisked custard- cream.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the ‘chilled’ whipping cream in a cold bowl with 1-2 Tbsp of icing sugar till nice and stiff.
- Fold half of the whipped cream into the custard mixture quickly, without overworking the mixture. Reserve remaining whipped cream for decorating the top.
- Line a trifle bowl or mini bowl or mason jars for individual servings, with the vanilla wafers. Top with a layer of freshly sliced banana.
- Cover with a layer of the prepared custard cream mixture. Repeat layers till you reach the top. Pipe the remaining whipped cream over the top and garnish with sliced banana and more wafers.
- This pudding must be chilled for a good 6-8 hours to allow the wafers to get softened and the custard to set well.
- In our house, we love some broken pieces of chocolate or sprinkles on top! And I particularly love a little lemon zest over the top… YUM!
Banana Pudding with Custard Powder
- Nabisco Nilla (Vanilla) Wafer biscuits are the most popular biscuits for making banana pudding. However, Peppridge Farm Chessmen Cookies or even Brittania Cashew Cookies work well.
Key Ingredients: Custard Powder, Banana, Milk, Sugar, Cream Cheese, Condensed milk, Vanilla, Vanilla Biscuit, Whipping Cream.
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