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I am in Scotland and want to make banana pudding. Can anyone suggest a sub for nilla wafers?

My Mother-in-law is suggusting lady fingers but I was hoping to get something closer to the original.

asked by NYNCtg over 2 years ago

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Nancy

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added over 2 years ago

What are nilla wafers? do you mean, perhaps, vanilla wafers?

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added over 2 years ago

Yes, Nilla wafers are the brand name.

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Nancy

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added over 2 years ago

OK, thanks. found the brand name on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org...) who cites ladyfingers and graham crackers as possible substitutes. also, here's a recipe (http://allrecipes.com/recipe...) to make them at home. last, a possible substitute is any good simple sugar cookie made with pure vanilla. Good luck.

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added over 2 years ago

I'm in Scotland, too, but I have never had nilla wafers so am not too sure what to suggest to replace them - there are probably tons of options. Maybe just go through the biscuit section of a supermarket and pick a cookie that looks close, and add your own vanilla flavouring on top?

There's also a recipe to make them here:

http://www.seriouseats...

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inpatskitchen

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added over 2 years ago

If you like you can make your own...here's a recipe from Alton Brown:
http://www.foodnetwork...

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added over 2 years ago

I suggest these, which should be easily available.
https://www.google.com...

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added over 2 years ago

chessman cookies..they are made by
pettridge farms

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added over 2 years ago

Lady fingers would be the closest in texture .... Jaffa cakes are similar in texture but have one side dipped in chocolate

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added over 2 years ago

I think that there is a slight confusion when it comes to lady fingers. There is a variety of cookie popular in Europe called Langues de Chat, and look just like lady fingers, but are actually quite different in texture- thinner and more crispy as opposed to spongy. To my mind they are very close to Nilla Wafers. I belive that any crispy crumbly Scottish tea biscuit will work fine in a banana pudding.

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added over 2 years ago

Maybe a cheap shortbread biscuit.

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added over 2 years ago

And add imitation vanilla to the pudding for flavour.

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added over 2 years ago

Thanks everyone. We were doing an online order to be delivered to our holiday house and I was having a hard time finding something on the search. Also I don't want to bake while on vacation. I think my MIL was wanting me to use up the lady fingers in her cabinet so I might. Or I will stop at a store tomorrow and see what is there.

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added over 2 years ago

You might want to look for these available at Tescos:
http://www.tesco.com/groceries...

Look for European style wafer biscuits, I think it will give a good approximation of Nila wafers.

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Nancy

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added over 2 years ago

yes to your tesco link (osem vanilla wafers). beg to differ, however, on the recommendation for european style water biscuits. I've had Carr's and they're similar to matzah.

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Nancy

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added over 2 years ago

sorry. you said WAFER biscuits. I misread as WATER biscuits. My error.

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added over 2 years ago

If anyone is wondering, I did not have time to stop in a shop so I used the lady fingers. I did not care for it but there was none left. Couldn't have been all that bad.

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