Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Over the holidays, my youngest brother decided to pass along an illness so foul, it’s like it came from another planet entirely. It’s also totally possibly that my little brother is from another planet entirely. Don’t get me wrong, I love him so, but this is illness is so bad. It all started with him, patient zero. Then he somehow managed to pass it along to every single person in my family including aunts, uncle, cousins, grandparents, and even a dog. Yes, he gave this thing to a dog. You’re probably saying that wouldn’t happen, but it has my friends. You gotta love little brothers….and pie!

What pies are a must at your holiday parties? In my family, it’s usually apple pie and pumpkin pie, and banana cream pie. We sometimes throw in other pies like lemon meringue or my brother will make his key lime pie, but those three are always on our holiday dessert tables.

When it comes to pie, banana cream is always my stepdad’s top choice. Now banana cream pie is always on our table for special occasions. Banana cream pie is one of my faves too. I’m totally madly in love with bananas and this pie just tastes like home to me. It’s perfectly creamy and dreamy and it’s so comforting to me.

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole milk (yes, use whole milk!)
  • 3 tbs. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar*
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 prepared pie crust

Directions:

  1. Heat first 4 ingredients in a saucepan until it just barely starts to bubble. In a large bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add the mixture from the pan into the bowl very slowly (so that the eggs don’t cook). Return the mixture to the pan and heat for approximately 3 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly, boil slowly. The mixture will thicken. Add the butter and vanilla extract and whisk until fully incorporated. Remove from heat and let cook completely.
  2. Place your pie crust into a pie pan and bake according to the packaged directions until the crust is a light brown. Slice the bananas and arrange in a single layer along the bottom of the pie crust. Then top with the cooled custard mixture. Top with homemade whipped cream or cool whip. Store pie in the fridge until it is ready to serve.

– I recommend serving this pie the same day or the very next day after it has been made. The longer you wait, the browner the bananas get and the less appetizing it becomes!
– You can cut down the sugar to a 1/2 cup if you would prefer less sugar and the pie will still come out great!

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Banana Cream Pie

   

29 comments

  1. I’m sorry you’re feeling awful still….I hope you get better soon! If it’s any consolation – the banana cream pie is delish and I’ve buzzed it! Feel better~

  2. goodness, you just took my breath away with this yummy pie, bananas and I will drool all for it.

  3. I hope your bed/NyQuil are working their “feel better” magic! Being sick after the holidays is the worst (well actually I guess there is no good time to be sick.) The pie looks wonderful though. I haven’t had a slice of banana cream pie since I was a kid and my grandmother used to take us to this little restaurant that was usually only filled with elderly. Anyway, that pie looks just the way I remember the one at the restaurant. I hope you feel better soon!

  4. Oooh my, that looks very creamy indeed!
    I can absolutely relate – I have Noro virus / food poisoning (not fun on planes from Germany to the US, let me tell you!)… I really hope you feel better soon!

  5. I am sorry you still feel bad. I was over mine in a week. Here is to you being better quicker than a week.

  6. This looks great! I’m putting this recipe on my list next week!!

    Happy 2012

    : )
    Jen

  7. Sorry that you still are sick, hopefully the NyQuil will do the trick. Take care and get some rest.
    This is a delicious reminder that bananas are available all year round, so this pie does not have to wait for summer. Tropical food in the winter can sure chase the dreariness of the weather away. Tasty sweet treat-Yum!

  8. That looks so good! My dad would go crazy about this pie…

  9. Ohh all I want to sleep too..but being bit sick, and with three kids that seems impossible:))
    Pie look incredible, and got to say one of my favorite pies..
    Have a very Happy New YEar..wish you luck in everything!!!

  10. Oh no! I hope you feel better and soon!

    This pie looks DELISH creamy and cold … yes, please!

  11. I LOVE banana cream pie. It’s one of my favorite pie flavors. Yours looks fluffy and delicious. Hope you feel better soon!

  12. It looks delicious, but I’m so sorry you’re still sick! Fell better soon! Sending lots of warm wishes your way!!

  13. Oh noo I am such too! Its the worst!!!! That pie looks amazing though, I loooove banana cream pie. Have you ever made Paula’s No Yo Mama’s Banana Pudding?? AMAZING.

  14. My Dad loves banana cream pie! I need to make this for him. Get better soon!!

  15. I’m so sorry to hear you’re still under the weather. Not fun. :( I hope you feel better soon. This banana cream pie looks like a dish of comfort. Mmmmm! PS.. congrats on getting featured on Foodbuzz with your Lemon-Oregano Chicken. :) Well done!

  16. I hope you feel better soon!! The banana cream pie looks outstanding!

  17. What a pie! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Hi Stephanie, so sorry to hear you’re still down with the plague… not fun at all! On the upside, how fantastic is this banana cream pie?? (I have a weakness for such) and am glad you mentioned the sugar thing – I often play around with it because, I agree, you can still get great results without as much. It looks so fluffy delicious! Hope you feel better really soon!!

  19. So sorry you’re still not feeling well–hope you get better soon! The pie looks awesome.

  20. I hope you feel better soon Steph! The pie looks awesome!! Just catching up on your posts, love that you went to Villa Blanca! I totally would have gone too :)

  21. Aw, you poor thing! But I’m glad you took the time to share your mom’s fabulous recipe! This is one of my hubby’s favorite pies, and I will have to make this version for him :)

  22. Mmm I have not had this for awhile – I love banana cream pie!

  23. That’s such a wonderful, classic pie. I hope it helps you to heal so you can enjoy it properly!

  24. Hope you are feeling better Stephanie! Your mom’s pie looks wonderful!

  25. I’d forgotten all about banana cream pie. My mother used to make this from the boxed pudding. We loved it as kids. I hope you’re feeling better!

  26. I can hardly believe I’m admitting this, but I don’t think I’ve ever had a cream pie. Clearly, there hasn’t been enough pie happening in my world (and I think my husband would agree with this…it’s his favorite.) This is definitely a great recipe to kick it off with! Hope you are feeling better soon :)

  27. classic dessert! reminds me of a diner – in a good way :)

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