Now, part of the wonderfulness of this particular recipe is the pudding part. I’m not shy about using pudding mix on occasion, but not for this dessert…it needs and deserves the homemade stuff, and I promise, it’s not that hard and well worth the teeny bit of extra effort. Once you have made the pudding and waited for it to cool down (the waiting is the hardest part!), all you have left to do is put it all together. Now if you are going the mason jar route, fair warning that the servings will be big ones. (This has never been a problem in my house, but you may live with daintier eaters than I do.) You can of course use smaller individual glasses or bowls, or as I said before, a regular pretty bowl…whatever you decide, the assembly is the same.
Spread a nice layer of pudding on the bottom of whatever your serving receptacle is. Now layer on some crushed vanilla wafers, followed by some chopped banana. Repeat…pudding, wafers, banana. And to make it just plain perfect, top the whole thing with a generous later of homemade whipped cream. Sprinkle with some vanilla wafer crumbs, hand out the spoons and stand back. You have just made banana pudding heaven. And as the Southern husband would say, this is some good eating, y’all!