Kraft's Easy Southern Banana Pudding involves a combination of vanilla wafers, bananas, pudding mix, milk and whipped topping. The recipe for Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafer Crumble from Food & Wine involves topping made-from-scratch pudding with crushed and toasted vanilla wafers.
To prepare an easy Southern banana pudding, vigorously whisk 6.8 ounces of vanilla flavored instant pudding with 3 cups of cold milk for two minutes. Set the mixture aside for five minutes. Slice up 3 bananas. Line the inside of a 2-quart serving bowl with 15 vanilla wafers, and add half each of the bananas and pudding mixture. Arrange another layer of vanilla wafers, banana slices and pudding. Top it all off with 8 ounces of whipped topping.
To make a banana pudding with vanilla wafer crumble, combine 5 egg yolks with 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Boil 2 cups of milk in a saucepan before whisking it into the egg yolk mixture. Pour the pudding into the saucepan, and stir in 3 tablespoons of banana liqueur. Thicken the pudding over medium heat.
Transfer the pudding into a bowl and incorporate 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Chill the pudding. Crush 15 vanilla wafers, and toss them with 1 tablespoon melted butter, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of salt before baking the mixture until it is golden brown. Distribute 2 chopped bananas amongst serving bowls. Spoon in the pudding, and top it with the vanilla wafer crumble.