By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – Best Of The Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, p. 246). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).]


2 boxes, 3 ¾ ounces each, vanilla pudding and pie filling – NOT instant

3 cups milk

4 tablespoons butter or margarine

½ cup well-mashed banana (1 small), PLUS 2 large whole bananas, with green tips

¼ cup sugar

9-inch baked and cooled Butter Crust (see Index)


Beat pudding powder and milk thoroughly or put through a blender until smooth. Transfer to a 2 ½-quart sauce pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until you see the first bubble of a boil. Remove at once. Stir in butter and mashed banana. Arrange 1 banana, peeled and sliced ¼-inch thick, over bottom crust. Sprinkle with half of the sugar.

Pour in filling and let cool about 30 minutes. Arrange remaining banana, peeled and sliced ¼-inch thick, on top of cooled filling. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Top with Cool Whip and chill several hours before cutting to serve 6 to 8. Keeps refrigerated, up to 2 days.


See also…

Mondays & Memories of My Mom – Encourage Young Writers

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Hi! I'm Laura Emerich and Gloria Pitzer, the ORIGINAL Secret Recipe Detective, is my mom. This website is lovingly dedicated to her memory and legacy.

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