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Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

4.9 from 19 reviews

A scrumptious and easy fresh Banana Cream Pie with graham cracker crust and a fresh whipped topping.  This is a banana lovers dream come true.

Ingredients

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Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Filling

  • 2 bananas sliced
  • 1 1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 egg yolks (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Whipped Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • bananas for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar. Press into a 9 inch pie plate and bake in the oven for 7 minutes.  Once cooled layer bottom and sides with banana slices.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat whisk together milk, cream, sugar, salt, and cornstarch.  Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbling.  Cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk the egg yolks together. Remove 1/2 cup of the hot mixture and in a slow stream whisk it into the egg yolk mixture.  In a very slow stream whisk the egg mixture into the saucepan cooking until bubbling.  Cook for 2 minutes whisking constantly. It should be fairly thick and leave a whisk trail as you drag the whisk through it. It would also pile slightly when poured as in the picture of the pudding being added to the piecrust.
  5. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla and butter.  Cool for 15 minutes whisking several times so a skin does not form.  Pour the pudding into the crust over the bananas.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Chill bowl and beaters in freezer for 20 minutes. Add whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla to the bowl.  Beat on low until mixture starts to increase in volume. Turn to medium high and beat until stiff peaks form  Spread or pipe over chilled pie.  Garnish with banana slices and reserved graham cracker crumbs.

Notes

  • Are you always in a hurry?  Pick up a pre baked graham cracker crust.
  • To keep the banana slices at their optimum bake the crust the night before then make the pudding in the morning.  Add the banana slices and pudding to the crust.  Now refrigerate until close to serving or at least 4 hours. Then top with the whipped cream, more banana slices, graham cracker crumbs and serve.
  • To keep the vanilla pudding smooth and creamy whisk almost continuously.
  • Even though the bananas in your pie may turn slightly brown the pie will still be incredibly delicious.
  • The whipped cream topping should be made and added right before serving or up to 24 hours in advance if making stabilized whipped cream.
  • Store the dessert up until serving and all leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Keywords: cream pie, banana dessert, banana creme, banana cream pie from scratch

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