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Apr 10, 2011 10:27 PM

Banana Pudding?

So I am craving banana pudding right now. My favorite is at Magnolia's near Beverly Center and was wondering if someone makes a better one or something similar to what they make. Magnolia's makes there banana pudding with an emphasis on more whipped cream and nilla wafers than pudding.

Any thoughts?

Magnolia's is pretty pricey and I usually kill the regular size ($4.50) in one sitting.

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  1. I love banana pudding. The best I've had was from a stand at the Pershing Square FM but they stopped coming to that one a while ago. I think you can still order from their website or another FM, I think the name is "The Real Cake Baker". Their's is like a banana pudding/cheesecake-y hybrid that's amazing.

    Other than that, I think Magnolia probably has the next best. I've tried quite a few BP's(and other banana creations) and can't think of a one that is noteworthy. I'd rather get banana cream pie from Bake n Broil, that's a contender for best banana sweet ever...

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    1. re: baloney

      Pershing Square has a FM? What day/time?

      1. re: SilverlakeGirl

        Wednesdays, 11am-2pm? Not too many farmers, more lunch vendors and prepared food stuffs.

      2. re: baloney

        Thanks, I might have to try Bake n Broil's BCP since I love that too.

      3. Have you ever thought of putting a grandma apron on and making your own?

        1. have u ever tried making it from scratch?
          its pretty easy to do...
          my mil from NC makes it all the time...

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          1. re: srsone

            Magnolia's has spoiled me for life. It is not the same as making it at home.

            1. re: A5 KOBE

              well...never been to magnolias so i cant say....

              but when i do it .. i basically take mils recipe...make the pudding..
              then just pour it over layers of banana slices and nilla wafers...then cover in meringue and then slightly brown the tips..

              1. re: A5 KOBE

                It's made from Jello instant pudding! So easy - get their cookbook!

            2. Not banana pudding, but the bread pudding at Rivera Restaurant is really fine--should appeal to any pudding lover.

              Rivera Restaurant
              1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

              1. I used to date this Southern girl from North Carolina who made the best, most astonishing banana pudding the way her grandma made them. I once, in the store, suggested that we try something besides Nilla Wafers and she gave me this horrified look like I'd farted on her family's grave. That was the best bread pudding in Los Angeles, but alas, not for me any more.

                The last time I was at Flossie's, they had a banana pudding that was within inches as good. Magical. But that was four years ago.

                Oaks Gourmet Market carries Delilah's banana pudding, and it's pretty damn good. It's expensive, but yums.

                Oaks Gourmet
                1915 N Bronson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

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                1. re: Thi N.

                  im married to southern girl from NC ...
                  thats where ive learned how easy it is to make..
                  and that nothing ive had at a restaurant (so far) compares...


                  and yes...i agree they look at you funny if u suggest anything besides nilla wafers...
                  (i tried it once with nutter butters...but dont tell my MIL)

                  1. re: srsone

                    They are hard to find but if you have never tried them with Chocolate wafers you are really missing out. THE BEST EVER. I have to go the Japanese grocery store for some reason (I'm in LA) as they are the only store I can find that carries them but at least once a year I mix it up and make it with them and everyone agrees - by a hair - Chocolate might win. But we all love the banana-chocolate combo here.