If you’re an SATC fan, you’ll most certainly be familiar with Magnolia Bakery in NYC!
Opened by Alyssa Tory and Jennifer Appel in 1996, the two are credited with starting the cupcake craze that recently resurfaced. With the bakery featuring not only in SATC, but also in the Devil Wears Prada, this West Village bakery soon gained a worldwide following.
So much so, that when I lived in Manhattan, in 2007, there was a constant line to get in the door, with an average wait time of 30 minutes. Once at the door, there was a ‘cupcake bouncer’ making sure the store was not too crammed with sugar-crazed consumers. And there was a cupcake purchasing limit of 12 per customer, due to the high demand.
The thing is, whilst their cupcakes made them famous, it’s actually their banana pudding that is the true gem. This stuff is what dreams are made of! On my first ever visit to Magnolia, I purchased a tub of banana pudding just because it looked kinda tasty. Best move ever.
Magnolia have various baking books available to purchase online, but the one recipe you really need is here below. If you’re visiting USA I recommend seeking out Nilla Wafers, as this is the actual biscuit required for the dessert, so I’ve substituted with vanilla wine biscuits as the next best thing
|1||can||sweetened condensed milk|
|1 1/2||cups||ice cold water|
|1||packet||instant vanilla pudding mix|
|1||packet||vanilla wine biscuits|
|4||cups||sliced ripe bananas|
Add the pudding mix and beat well, for around 2 minutes.
Please note the prep time of 45 minutes only covers the mixing and assembling, not any refrigeration time.