Banana Cream pie is an easy last minute dessert for your Easter dinner.
In our house bananas rule! We are all card-carrying banana lovers, especially when they are used in dessert. [One of the favorite cakes in our family is none other than THE Banana Cake.]
This time I decided to mix it up a bit and make a banana cream pie.
Cream pies are EASY to pull together. They make a great addition to a a spring themed meal – like Easter dinner.
Think about this pie as having four component parts: crust, pastry cream, bananas and whipped cream.
Once you have those four elements, the rest is assembly. It is just about layering and making it pretty.
The main component parts and assembly!
There are probably as many pie crust recipes out in the universe as there are types of pie! Here are two of our favorite pie crust recipes. [If you are intimidated by making crust, buy a roll of ready-made crust. This way you get the fun of making it look cool, without the stress. It doesn’t taste as good, but you’ll still have all that delicious filling to distract.]
PRO TIP #1: The crust for this pie will need to be ‘blind baked‘ (cooked prior to being filled). I use ceramic pie weights. You can also use rice or beans.
PRO TIP #2: Use a bit of crushed graham crackers (rather than flour) when you roll out your dough. Having a dusting of graham crackers baked into both sides helps the resulting cooked crust stay crispy under all that banana deliciousness!
Make up a batch of this pastry cream – as written. DON’T THIN IT INTO SAUCE. I have a big pie pan, so I make a 1-1/2 batches. [Doubling it also works, but this pastry cream is like crack. If I make more than I need, everyone in the family is doing drive-by’s sticking spoons in the left overs!]
Vanilla Pastry Cream
- 5 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar (100 grams)
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup cream
- 1 pod vanilla split open
- Mix the egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. Whisk until sugar has dissolved (and the mixture has become lighter in color).
- Pour the milk and cream into a saucepan. Add the vanilla pod. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
- Pour 1/3 of the hot milk mixture into the eggs. Vigorously whisk the eggs so that the hot milk doesn't cook them!
- Pour the eggs mixture into the pot with the rest of the milk. Vigorously whisk until combined.
- Place the pot back on the heat. Heat while stirring continuously with the whisk until the mixture begins to thicken. Continue to cook for up to another 5 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and continue to stir for another 2 minutes. Transfer the pastry cream into a bowl and remove the vanilla pod. Let cool at room temperature. Once at room temperature, refrigerate.
- Thin the pastry cream as desired by stirring with a whisk and/or adding a bit of cream or whole milk.
Assembly – Whipped Cream and Bananas
- You will need a crust (at room temp or colder), the pastry cream, whipped cream, and about 6 bananas.
- Put one third of the pastry cream into the pie crust. Spread evenly to distribute.
- Add a layer of sliced bananas on top of the pastry cream.
- Follow with another third of the pastry cream and another layer of sliced bananas.
- Top with the last third of the pastry cream. [You will end up with cream->bananas->cream->bananas->cream.]
- Decorate the top with a bit of whipped cream and more sliced bananas. [I also added some shaved almonds to the top of the one I made.]
PRO TIP #3: You can make the crust and pastry cream a day ahead. You can even assemble your pie in advance. HOWEVER, don’t decorate the top until the day you intend to eat the pie. The whipped cream will hold up pretty well, but the sliced bananas on the top of the pie will start to turn brown in hours.
This recipe may feel a bit different, as we’ve given it to you in component parts, rather than strict directions. At Foodology Geek we encourage you to think about cooking like this. Knowing how things break down allows you to make it your own! In this case you might consider adding different berries to your layers or decoration! What are the favorites in your household
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