Lately, I’ve been craving banana desserts. I’ve had banana cream pie on my brain for a few weeks, then recently, I started dreaming about banana pudding. So I said to myself, “Why settle for one? What if I can combine them and enjoy both at the same time.?”
This pie is the resulting product of a banana dessert marriage. It’s a very happy union!
Heat milk in microwave on high power for 3-5 minutes. You want it very hot, but don’t let it boil.
While the pudding is cooling, make the crust.
When the custard has cooled and set,
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup corn starch
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs (1 whole and 2 yolks)
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 11 ounce box vanilla wafer cookies (2 ½ cups crumbs)
- 6 tablespoons butter
- Heat milk in microwave on high power for 3-5 minutes. (Don’t let it boil)
- Combine 1 whole egg and 2 yolks in a bowl, and whisk with a fork until foamy.
- Slowly whisk ½ cup hot milk into eggs.
- Combine sugar, corn starch, flour, and salt in a 3 quart sauce pan.
- Add the rest of hot milk (1 ½ cups) to the ingredients in pan, and whisk constantly. Slowly add egg/milk mixture while continuing to whisk. Bring to a boil, and let cook 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat, and add butter and vanilla. Allow to sit until butter is melted, then fold together until smooth.
- Transfer to a large bowl, and immediately cover with plastic, allowing the plastic to touch the custard. This will prevent it from developing a skin. Refrigerate for one hour.
- Scoop half the custard into prepared crust and smooth.
- Cut bananas into 1/8 inch thick slices, and arrange them on top of the pudding layer.
- Scoop remaining custard on top of bananas and smooth, making sure no bananas are exposed.
- Cover and refrigerate 6 hours or overnight.
- Top with whipped cream and serve.
- Crush the cookies.
- Melt butter in a pie plate then swirl it around the plate to make sure the sides are greased.
- Mix crumbs with melted butter, and press into the bottom and sides of the pan.
- Chill to set.
- This pie needs to chill for several hours or overnight.