Banana Cream Pie

by Laura on April 22, 2014

in Desserts, Featured Recipe, Pies

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A new family favorite around here. This cool and refreshing banana cream pie is surprisingly easy to make. Choose your own pie crust — a vanilla wafer crust, graham cracker, or a traditional pastry crust — you’ll love it with any of them.

  • pie crust – your choice of a vanilla wafer crust, graham cracker, or traditional pasty crust
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 3/4 cups milk
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1-3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe medium bananas
  • 3/4 cup heavy or whipping cream

Prepare pie crust as directed, cool completely.

Meanwhile, prepare filling: In a 3-quart saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt; stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened and boils; boil 1 minute.

In a small bowl, with wire whisk, lightly beat egg yolks; beat in 1/2 cup hot milk mixture. Slowly pour egg-yolk mixture back into milk, stirring rapidly to prevent curdling.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Add butter and 1-1/2 tsp vanilla; stir until butter melts. Transfer to medium bowl. Press plastic wrap onto surface. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cool, about 1 hour.

Slice 2 bananas. Spoon half of filling into crust. Arrange sliced bananas on top; spoon remaining filling evenly over bananas. Press plastic wrap on surface; refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

To serve, preparing topping: In a small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat cream and remaining 1/4 tsp vanilla until stiff peaks form; spread over filling.

Slice remaining banana; arrange around edge of pie.

Source: The All New Good Housekeeping Cookbook, Copyright 2001 by Hearst Communications, Inc.

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