Friday, June 29, 2012

Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding



This past weekend, I also saw my boyfriend, Lee, for the first time in a month! We had a great time doing some of our favorite Charlotte activities (i.e. walking on the greenway, eating at yummy restaurants, etc.) I couldn't leave him without some dessert though, and being the banana pudding fanatic he is, I chose to make him one of his favorites!

Naturally, for this Southern staple, I trusted Miss Paula Deen and her famous recipe. I don't care what people say about her having diabetes and eating sticks of butter (did you see she lost 30 pounds?!), that woman can cook. Her recipes are simply divine and that's that.

I think what makes this banana pudding recipe different than "yo mama's" traditional recipe is that it calls for cream cheese and . It just makes the pudding even fluffier and more delicious. Don't fret about the extra ingredient though my friends, I used reduced fat cream cheese and everything turned out perfectly. Can you say #winning?

Lee loved this recipe and trust me, he has eaten many variations of banana pudding. Therefore, I promise this recipe will not disappoint. It takes about 30 minutes to throw together and is the perfect, cool treat on these hot summer days (and by hot I mean the next 4 days have forecasted highs of 100+). Nom away!

Not Yo Mama's Banana Pudding
Recipe from Paula Deen

  • 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies OR 2 bags Vanilla Wafers
  • 6 to 8 bananas, sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (5 oz.) box French Vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping thawed, or equal amount sweetened whipped cream
Directions
  1. Line the bottom of a 13x9 inch inch dish with 1 bag of cookies and layer bananas on top.
  2. In a bowl, combine the milk and pudding mix and blend well using a handheld electric mixer.
  3. Using another bowl, combine the cream cheese and condensed milk together and mix until smooth.
  4. Fold the whipped topping into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Add the cream cheese mixture to the pudding mixture and stir until well blended.
  6. Pour the mixture over the cookies and bananas and cover with the remaining cookies.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve!





I want to lay on this pudding pillow.

118 comments:

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    1. It is very good. It also looks good in a glass bowl and drizzel chocolate hershey syrup around the edge of the bowl. You cant taste the chocolate but it LQQKS nice for a presentation

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    2. Rhonda the cookies in tis dessert shown they used Nabisco vanilla wafer cookies but any type of a butter cookie would work

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    3. You can use a Vanilla wafer or a Shortbread cookie... I like the shortbread better

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    4. Or take a Hershey bar and grate it on the top

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    5. is there any way to make it alcoholic like with coffee flavored liquor? or any others?

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  2. I am from Australia and can't recognize what a Chessman cookie would be over here. Do you know if we have an equivalent I could use - is it a type of biscuit or cake? Look yummy though!!

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    1. ANZAC biscuit

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    2. Its also very good to change up and use peanut butter cookies like the Nutter Butters instead of Chess or Vanilla Wafers. Great peanut butter/banana taste combo!!

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    3. They are made by Pepperidge Farm.

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    4. I lived in Australia- its NOT an Anzac biscuit lol. The most similar cookie i can think of are the ones used in melting moments.

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    5. Any type of cookie that is has a butter or shortbread taste .I myself like buttery cookie than Nabisco cookies.

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    6. I buy several boxes of Girl Scout shortbread cookies and keep them in my freezer to make this recipe

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    7. Chessman Cookies are made by Pepperidge Farms and come in one of their Signature White bags. They are a bit pricier than vanilla wafers but are truly delicious. They are a shortbread type cookie however so any other shortbread is great too.

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    9. A
      good recipe for Chessman cookies. http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2014/07/homemade-chessmen-cookies-recipe.html/5

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  3. Greetings from another Aussie...Rhonda I used vanilla wafer fingers broken in half & whipped light cream. The result was delicious, anyway I hope that may help ��

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    1. Actually they are shortbread cookies made by Pepperidge Farms here but Vanilla Wafers the little round ones are the traditional cookies used in the banana pudding. I'm sure shortbread in small squares or rounds would be fine you don't want broken if you can help it though because they will absorb the moisture and become soggy and you want them to remain crisp.

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    2. Don't want to be contradictory, but I always want my vanilla wafers to be nice and soggy, soaked in luscious pudding. To each his own, though.

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    3. Chessman is a shortbread cookie made by Pepperidge Farms. You could use Lorna Doones too

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  4. I have had this recipe for about 15 years. I made it without the sweetened condensed milk and with plain whipped cream, and it was equally delicious and way less sweet. Oh, and I added pecans a few times - yummy! There are Pepperige Chessman cookies plain, and with pecans. Vanilla fingers should work fine. The best is to leave it sit till the next day though.

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    1. Agreed, I love the soggy cheddar cookies and I usually wait til the next day myself.

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    2. Mcvitie's original cookies would also work.

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  5. Would you use Instant Putting?

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    1. Yes, use instant pudding mix.

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    2. I wouldn't use instant unless you cannot find the cook variety. It's much better!

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    3. I use the cook and serve pudding. I like it better than instant.

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    4. I have made banana pudding for years. I use vanilla waffers, cooked vanilla/banana pudding, and just top, or layer with whipcream. I have never used condenced milk, I think it is not needed. Using cooked pudding allows the cookies to really soak it up!!

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  6. does it matter what type of milk? carnation? Cow's? almond?

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    1. Any brand of the sweetened condensed milk will work but for the 2 cups of milk, regular cows' milk is probably best.

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  7. We like ours soggy round here lol I can't wait till the turn soggy I wake up in the morning the next day with a big smile on my face just knowing the banana pudding is just right ;)

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    1. Who can wait til the next day tho??? The second serving , not even then.

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  8. I use graham crackers with this..yummy!!!

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  9. Good recipe and a deviation, definitely, from the banana puddings I made from "scratch" years ago cooking my own vanilla pudding using milk, sugar, corn starch, and EGGS. However, for being a modern cook, this recipe is quick and easy. To get it a bit better with a bit smoother and richer taste, I'd recommend you use the boxed pudding you actually cook. French Vanilla if great. Cook the pudding using the 2 cups of milk - whole milk is best. Now you'll need to allow time for this to cool thoroughly. It will form a film across the top, so to prevent this you place a sheet of waxed paper or plastic wrap over the top of the pudding actually TOUCHING the pudding.

    Follow the author's recipe from this point on using the cooled-cooked pudding in place of the instant pudding.

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    1. There is nothing better than the made from scratch vanilla pudding ! My mother made it that way and I never got the recipe...no box pudding compares with that pudding! I agree you should use the cooked pudding for a smoother filling!

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    2. Vera Godley, Hi I'm Angie Kirkley and this recipe is made almost identical to my great grandmother's! :) I've never ran across anyone else who makes it like this! I loved it when she made her pudding! We all at reunions would get in line first just to get it before it was gone. Lol! Miss my grandma Lee's cooking rest her sole. I also love your last name! Have a good day!

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    3. Have made this for years without the condensed milk. I also cook my pudding from scratch the night before. If you continue stirring the pudding after removing from heat, it will not form a film.

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  10. It would be nice if I could print the recipe!!! Can you send it to me, grafra102@cox.net Thank you.

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  11. Try making banana pudding with really good Ginger Snap cookies. A whole new taste experience.

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  12. Another delicious variation uses Nutter Butter cookies!

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    1. Actual "whole" nutter butter cookies; or the bite (whole) size. Do they soften up enough?
      Hazel

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  13. Can I use 2 - 3.4oz French vanilla pudding o can't find 5oz box???

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    1. That's what I did...just added a little extra milk to compensate for the extra pudding mix. Turned out just fine!

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  14. Since the bananas turn brown quickly and my husband do not like the bananas in his, I leave them out and add as we eat the pudding.

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  15. What size pan do you use for this recipe?

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  16. Whenever I mix cream cheese with anything, I have a hard time getting it smooth. Help!

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    1. Cream cheese needs to be absolutely room temperature (test with your finger to sure it's really really soft) and you have to mix, mix, mix and mix some more:). Sometimes it takes a while especially when you combine with something.

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    2. Use a wire wisk....that gets the lumps out for me!

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    3. I put cream cheese in microwave for just a few seconds.

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    4. I use whipped cream cheese in the 8 oz bowl works great!

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  17. Im going to try to make this myself

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  18. Im going to try to make this myself

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  19. I make my on pudding. Can't change something that my family loves. Don't put the pudding on the bananas if it is hot. That will make the bananas turn brown.

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    1. I just copied and told my printer to print. Also this is from Paula Deen's . Go to her site and put the name in and the recipe will come up to print

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  21. My mom and I use this recipe often and it's to die for! We prefer chessman cookies and make our own whipped cream!! Paula knows how to do it right!!

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  22. It is delicious,to be sure! Best banana pudding in the world! And I surely do adore Paula Deen! But I first made this recipe well over 25 years ago from a pull off recipe card by the bananas in a local grocery store.

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  23. It is delicious,to be sure! Best banana pudding in the world! And I surely do adore Paula Deen! But I first made this recipe well over 25 years ago from a pull off recipe card by the bananas in a local grocery store.

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  24. I'm making 4 very large pans of this for a wedding in October. Now I'm craving it! Let's just call it "practice"...

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  25. what about the bananas turning dark? do you sprinkle with lemon juice for this recipe?

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    1. I always take my bananas and put them in a bowl and sprinkle just enough lemon juice to coat them.

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  26. A trick I learned from another banana pudding recipe is to cut the bananas and dip them in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. It also gives it a slight lemony taste that is great ��

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  27. I use instant vanilla pudding instead of French vanilla n 2 table spoons sour cream instead of cream cheese n omg I call it my crack banana pudding ppl can't get enough of it..

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  28. This is Paula Deens recipe. Wonderful!

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  29. I make this with Oreo cookies too!

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  30. HMMMM I WAS JUST WONDERING HOW IT WOULD BE WITH CHOCOLATE COOKIES...

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    1. Chocolate and bananas 🍌 yummmm!! Try it!

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    2. How would it be to use Oreos, or any choc.cookies, and skip the bananas? I know it would no longer be banana pudding but seems like Paula's pudding recipe would be awesome with your chocolate cookie idea???

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    3. If you use Oreos you need to dip each one quickly in milk before putting them in the pan or they don't soften up enough.

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  31. I use 1 box of french vanilla and 1 box of banana cream pudding. I use the sweetened condensed milk and cool whip. I don't use cream cheese. I also layer wafers, bananas, and pudding kind of like lasagna and this really helps get the cookies soft or soggy. It's a great recipe, but I may try the cream cheese!

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  32. I use 1 box of french vanilla and 1 box of banana cream pudding. I use the sweetened condensed milk and cool whip. I don't use cream cheese. I also layer wafers, bananas, and pudding kind of like lasagna and this really helps get the cookies soft or soggy. It's a great recipe, but I may try the cream cheese!

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  33. I make this for large gatherings and I share the recipe cause I always get asked what's in it. I have tweaked it so that it's mine and had its own unique taste but I give credit where credit is do. Thank you Paula for this recipe.

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  34. I make my own pudding and use the egg whites to make meringue over the top. I then put in hot oven until meringue is toasted. I use 3 egg whites beaten until soft peaks form and then add 6 tblsp granulated sugar one at a time and beat until stiff peaks form.

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  35. Do you have to make the pudding first? Or do you just sprinkle in the pudding mix?

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    1. Make the pudding first.

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  36. Google Chessman and it will show you what they are like.You need a certain cutter or stamper for that. I am 72 and have never heard of them before this and they aren't a real big thing in the USA. It's a cookie in a small part of the USA. If you google "history of chessman cookie" you may find more info.
    I have many cookie cookbooks and they are not in any of them.So that means they are rare.I think I may have seen them on a cooking show somewhere.

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  37. Use this recipe but with Low Fat Milk, Fat Free Cool Whip, Sugar Free Pudding Mix and NO Sweetened Condensed Milk or Cream Cheese. It's healthier and not needed.

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  38. I use this recipe to vanilla cake to make banana pudding cake it's soooo yummy

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  39. Delicious thank you

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  40. This is not made from scratch Southern Banana Pudding. The person who said her great-grandmother made it exactly like this must be drinking. I don't think she had cream cheese or instant pudding or even whipped topping. I make mine from scratch with the meringue on top, as most people in Georgia do.

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    1. You'll probably never see this but I couldn't pass up the chance to respond to your comment. To begin, you don't know the age of the great-grandmother but she could have been over 100 years old and used instant pudding AND commercial manufactured cream cheese. I am pretty sure people have been making a form of cream cheese for hundreds of years, whipped cream also. I wouldn't exactly call this made from scratch but it is a very tasty version. Every person from Georgia I've met had wonderful manners. What happened to yours?

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  41. MY PUDDING GOT LIKE CEMENT WITH ONLY TWO CUPS MILK ADDED TO IT. IM NOT SURE WHY IT DID, BUT IT DID NOT WORK ACCORDING TO THIS RECIPE. SORRY LADIES.

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  42. Im going try it this weekend. If i cannot find wafer or the other cookies, what about Lorna Doone cookies?

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  43. Just made this with butterscotch pudding (didn't have vanilla) with a generous addition of vanilla. Made in a 9x9 dish so the pudding layer is extra thick. I've never whipped cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk together....AMAZING.

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  44. Made this for a potluck at work and everyone loved it so much they wanted more. I have never been a fan of banana pudding but this recipe changed my mind. The only thing I did differently is that I made my own whipping cream. It was amazing!!

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  45. Can you use Lady Fingers with this recipe?

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  46. احدث موديلات قطع الغيار متوفرة الان من خلال صيانة كاريير فى جميع فروعنا فى كافة المحافظات .. كما بامكانك الان التواصل مع خدمة عملاء مركز صيانة فيليبس لتحصل على اسرع خدمة صيانة منزلية مزودة باحدث التقنيات التكنولوجية التى تساعد على الحفاظ على سلامة اجهزتك الكهربائية
    تواصل معنا الان

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  47. مع اقوى فريق دعم فنى فى مركز خدمة صيانة يونيفرسال احصل على فحص دورى على كافة انواع الاجهزة الكهربائية من مختلف التوكيلات العالبمة فقط تواصل مع توكيل يونيفرسال فى جميع فروعنا وتمتع باقل اسعار خدمات الصيانة

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  48. احدث تقنيات تكنولوجيا الصيانة المستخدمة فقط من خلال مركز صيانة كريازى للاجهزة الكهربائية احصل على افضل خدمات الصيانة المنزلية من خلال تواصلك مع فريق خدمة عملاء صيانة كريازى تواصل معنا الان لتحصل على اقوى العروض وافضل الخدمات

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  49. تعرف معنا علي خدمات فريق عمل صيانه يونيفرسال التي توفر اسطول من السيارات المجهزه بالادوات والمعدات اللازمه للصيانة بالاضافه الي حملات الصيانة المجانية التي تقوم بها لخدمة عدد كبير من العملاء علي مستوي محافظات جمهورية مصر العربية .

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  50. يمكنك التواصل مع فريق عمل صيانة فريجيدير التي تتوفر لديها كل ادوات ومعدات صيانة الاجهزه الكهربائية بالاضافه الي حملات صيانة بشكل دوري مع فريق عمل متميز وباقل الاسعار مع صيانة جنرال اليكتريك تواصل معنا الان في اي وقت يوميا لارسال اسطول الصيانة .

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  51. اقل الساعار يمكنك الحصول عليها من خلال صيانه يونيون اير التي تعمل بكل كفائه من اجل رضاء العملاء من حيث توفير اعمال الصيانة وقطع اليغار اللازمه والتي تضمن لك استمرار عملها لفترات طويلة دون تلف .

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  52. تكنولوجيا ايطالية حديثه يقوم باتباعها افراد عمل الصيانة من صيانة كاريير والان يمكنك التعرف عليها من خلال زيارة اقرب الفروع الينا او المتابعه الدورية لاحدث العروض التي تقدمها بصفه مستمرة للحصول علي رضاء العملاء في كل مكان .

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  53. احصل علي خدمات الشركة الفرنسية اكبر شركات ابادة الحشرات في مصر التي توفر اساطيل من السيارات المجهزه بادوات ومعدات مكافحة حشرات بمصر لخدمة العملاء والتخلص منها باسرع وسهل الطرق .

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  54. بمناسبة اقتراب فصل الصيف يمكنك الان التواصل مع صيانة كاريير التي توفر احدث الانواع من التكييفات وباقل الاسعار التي تتناسب مع جميع الاحتياجات وبمختلف الاشكال والاحجام ويمكنك الاختيار من بينهم .

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  55. خصومات و عروضه مميزة من صيانة سامسونج لكل صيانة الاجهزة الكهربائية من خلالل فريق عمل يصل اليك اينما كنت و في كل المحافظات لافضل مستوي من خدمات الصيانة

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  56. اذا كنت تحتاج لصيانة اجهزتك الكهربائيه فان صيانة الكتروستار تقدم افضل خدمات الصيانة المنزليه دون الحاجه الي نقل الاجهزة و علي يد مختصين باستخدام احدث التقنيات

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  57. �� banana pudding warm me heart and soul.I'm going to make this recipe for my family

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  58. This is always a big hit with family and co-workers! I actually add a small can of crushed pineapple (in it's own juice) directly on top of the bananas and it is delicious and keeps the bananas from turning brown too quickly. I always use Nilla Wafers, as well. Best banana pudding ever!

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  59. Best Pudding EVER! I made it and took to work and there were skeptics who only wanted Nilla Wafers but when they did try the Chessmen cookies, they said they would never go back to any other banana pudding recipe. I did "tweak" a couple of the ingredients, I used French Vanilla Instant Pudding and French Vanilla Cool-Whip which can be hard to find but well worth it. I have been making it since 2005 and I get requests all the time for it and sometimes a person will ask me to make it and pay me for the ingredients if it is for a bday, graduation, shower, etc.

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  60. you could use a graham craker crust as well

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    1. I use a Graham cracker crust instead of vanilla wafers because I don't like soggy cookies of any kind. I love the Graham cracker crust.

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  61. I use a double boiler pot to make the pudding mix. That way it don't scorch. I line which ever container that suits you, with vanilla wafers and bananas, pour in some warm pudding on top, repeat with wafers and bananas and more pudding, continue until all of the pudding is used, and add a layer of wafers on top. The best there is. Eat it warm. It doesn't last long. I don't eat COLD banana pudding. Best way to eat Banana Pudding is when it is warm. Cold banana pudding, is not good. But to each their own taste. Enjoy��

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  62. This is my favorite recipe! I've been making it for years. It's always a huge hit and people are always asking me to make it. It's also good with strawberries added (banana/strawberry). There's so many things you can do. YUM!!

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  63. IfI use Lorna doones will that be ok?

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