Salted Caramel Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding _lowres

Photo by Graham Blackall -- Graham Blackall's over-the-top banana dessert, Salted Caramel Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Salted Caramel Nilla Wafer Banana Pudding

Serves 20. Recipe is by Graham Blackall.

Nilla Wafer Pudding:

1 box Nilla Wafers

3 cups whole milk

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1 (14-ounce) can condensed milk (I only used 3/4 of the can)

1 (5-ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

Salted Caramel Whipped Cream:

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup salted caramel (You can use jarred sauce or make your own.)

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract

Extras for assembly:

1 box Nilla Wafers

More salted caramel

5 bananas, sliced

1. Make Nilla Wafer Pudding: In a medium bowl, pour milk over Nilla Wafers. Let steep for 1 hour before straining and refrigerating until cold.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Mix in the condensed milk to combine until smooth. Finally, add the pudding mix and infused milk. Beat until thickened.

3. Make Salted Caramel Whipped Cream: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together whipping cream, salted caramel, light brown sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Set aside.

4. Assemble dessert: In a trifle dish or individual glass canning jars, layer in order, Nilla Wafers, salted caramel, sliced bananas, pudding and Salted Caramel Whipped Cream. Repeat all that good stuff one more time. Top with crushed wafers and salted caramel.