week I thought we’d look at the phrase “going bananas” or “drive me bananas” as
in: “Sometimes Kevin Walker can drive me bananas.” It’s funny because we all know what it means,
but I did a bunch of research and cannot find where the expression came from.
Most of the research suggests that the word popped up in 1960s, which I thought
was surprising recent. But still, why do you think it was bananas and not any
other fruit? I guess: “going honeydew”
doesn’t really have much of a ring to it.
bananas stand out as the most popular fruit in the US, which is surprising when
you consider very few bananas are actually grown here. In fact the US isn’t
even in the top ten banana producing countries.
(India produces the most bananas in the world.)
today I’m going to share with you my favorite banana pudding recipe. Now this
one calls for ripe bananas because as the fruit ripens the starch turns to
sugar and so the riper the banana, the sweeter the taste. But when you make
this recipe be sure to throw away the peel. The last thing you want to do is
slip on a banana peel – and that does happen believe it or not!
going bananas with this tasty treat!
YUMMY BANANA PUDDING
· 3 cups heavy cream
· 1 box (12-oz) Nabisco Nilla Wafers
· 4 cups sliced ripe bananas
· 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
· 1 1/2 cups ice cold water
· 1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
1. ) Beat
the sweetened condensed milk and water together until well combined, about 1
minute. Add the pudding mix and beat for about 2 more minutes. Cover and
refrigerate for 3-4 hours or overnight. (*This
step is important for making the pudding set)
2. ) Whip
the heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the
pudding mixture into the now-whipped cream until well blended. You shouldn’t
see any more pudding left.
3. ) Now
on to assembly! Get a large, wide, glass bowl (one that holds about 5-quarts).
Arrange one-third of the wafers to cover the bottom of the bowl, overlapping if
necessary, then one-third of the bananas and one-third of the pudding.
like lasagna! Just repeat the layering twice more, garnishing with additional
wafers, wafer crumbs and/or banana slices on top.
with plastic wrap and allow to chill in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours (but not
longer) before serving.