I hadn't had banana cream pie since then. Dessert is more of a treat than a regular thing around here. But I was raving about this BANANA CREAM PIE EXPERIENCE to my family a while back and had them craving a bite of pie heaven as well.
One day, while grocery shopping I passed the bakery aisle and saw a banana cream pie behind the case. On a whim, I bought it, thinking of how much that would fulfill my family's pie dreams.
What a disappointment. Heavy crust, overly sweet banana flavoured pudding from a mix, an edible oil product on top, and three sad little slices of bananas for garnish. I vowed I would make one from scratch one day so that they could taste it for real.
Today, while the rest of the world watched the Superbowl, and while my 10 yr old caught up on 4 hours of math homework, I set out to make BANANA CREAM PIE.
Here's the recipe I used.
Banana Cream Pie
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups milk
- 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 baked 9-inch pie pastry shell (I made a whole wheat crust from scratch- Here's the recipe I used.)
- 4 to 5 ripe but firm bananas
- sweetened whipped cream
Preparation:Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in top of double boiler. Gradually add milk, mixing well. Cook over rapidly boiling water until thickened, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring for 10 minutes longer. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks then return back to the hot mixture in the pan. Cook for 1 minute longer. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla to the filling then let cool thoroughly. Cover the bottom of the prepared cooled pie shell with a small amount of cooled filling. Peel bananas and slice into the pie shell. Cover with remaining filling. Add another layer of sliced bananas. Cover with whipping cream. Add a circle of sliced bananas in the centre and top with toasted coconut.
Here's how it turned out!
Banana Cream Pie From Scratch craving has officially passed. Next time it hits, I hope I'm sitting in a Marie Callender's. I'm willing to wait another 10 years...