4th of July is one of my favorite and most memorable childhood holidays. I grew in Kentucky a few minutes drive from a lake, and for as long as I remember, there has been a spectacular fireworks display over that lake. With every burst of lights there is a stunning reflection in the water. The oohs and aahs are just more sincere when you see experience this stunning light show. Music plays, kids are chasing fireflys and boats are abundant on the water. It's truly is a Norman Rockwell setting. If you ever get a chance, rent a cabin and spend the your Independence Holiday at Barren River Lake in Lucas, KY. About 1 1/2 hours north of Nashville.
Of course a family feast is a part of our celebration! After the fish fry and hushpuppies, we all jockey to be first in line for my daddy's banana pudding. Seriously folks, every time I have made this recipe for my "I'm a connoisseur of Banana Pudding" friends, they have agreed. THIS IS THE BEST! So I'm sharing this family sized recipe, directly from my pop, with you guys and wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July. Enjoy!
POP'S PERFECT BANANA PUDDING
Two large boxes of instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix (regular vanilla works too)
Three cups whole milk
16 ounce container of Cool Whip
6 ounce container of sour cream
Can of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
Six large bananas
Box of Vanilla Wafers (we like the larger box because I like lots of Vanilla Wafers)
Mix the pudding mix with the three cups of milk with a hand mixer. Fold in the Cool Whip, Sour Cream and Eagle Brand until smooth. Layer in a 9X11 dish* beginning with the wafers on the bottom, the pudding mixture, bananas and continue to layer and refrigerate for at least an hour. Can top with more Cool Whip, crumbled wafers or we prefer the spray can of whipping cream.
*Party Tip: Layer single-size servings of banana pudding in small glass jars, such as our Weck jars, for that extra "wow" factor.