I have a big debate going on with my kiwi friends about this very dish. Is it a dessert or a side dish? They claim it’s a dessert because it is so sweet, but for years I’ve served it as a side dish at Thanksgiving, barbecues, church potlucks, neighborhood get-togethers and our own dinner table. But whatever you want to label it, one thing is for sure- it’s absolutely delicious and there will be a fight to lick the bowl clean!
Seasonal fruit: bananas, apples, grapes, strawberries, etc.
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 can pineapple chunks, drained
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
1/8 C powdered sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package banana cream pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
Beat milk into pudding mixture until it starts to thicken then cover and refrigerate. Whip cream until stiff peaks form, add powdered sugar and beat until blended, cover and refrigerate. Dice and prepare fruit. Gently fold pudding into whipped cream then add prepared fruit and gently stir. Serve immediately (or the bananas will begin to brown and the pudding will get runny).