Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream PieWhen I was growing up, my mother would, occasionally, make pies for dessert.  Banana cream was one of the regulars, and I really didn’t appreciate it until I grew up.  

She was “old school,” making the crust and the filling from scratch.  It was wonderful, and we were so lucky!
Banana Cream PieLately, I’ve been craving this sweet, creamy, fresh, delicious treat.  It’s not hard or complicated, but it takes a little time. However, it’s totally worth the investment!  

If you’re looking for a dessert to make for your friends, give this one a try!  You can always use a store-bought crust, or use this recipe.

Good luck, and happy baking!
Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 egg yolks, beaten slightly
  2. 3 cups milk
  3. ¾ cup sugar
  4. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  5. ¼ teaspoons salt
  6. 3 tablespoons butter
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 3 bananas, sliced
  9. 1 (9-inch) pie crust, baked and cooled
  10. 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped and sweetened (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a small mixing bowl, beat egg yolks.
  2. Scald milk in a saucepan or the microwave. Gradually drizzle 1 cup of the hot milk into the egg yolks while whisking vigorously. Pour through a strainer to make sure there are no lumps.
  3. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, flour, and salt. Slowly stir in remaining scalded milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. When all the flour mixture is dissolved, drizzle the egg mixture into the pan while continuing to whisk. Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes, while stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat, and add butter and vanilla. Let it sit until the butter melt, and then gently fold it in to combine, but don’t over-mix.
  5. Lay plastic wrap onto surface of pudding to prevent the formation of a scum, and allow to cool to lukewarm (about 1 hour).
  6. Fill crust as follows. Pour one third pudding into bottom, and spread evenly. Arrange banana slices on top, then add another third of the pudding over top. Arrange another layer of bananas, and top with remaining pudding. Cover the surface with plastic, and allow to finish cooling completely.
  7. Refrigerate several hours or overnight
  8. Just prior to serving, whip the cream, sweeten with 1-2 tablespoons of sugar, and spread on top of cold pie.
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In a small mixing bowl, beat 3 egg yolks

In a small mixing bowl, beat
3 egg yolks

In a saucepan or microwave, scald 3 cups milk I use whole milk, but 2% will work, too.

In a saucepan or microwave, scald
3 cups milk
I use whole milk, but 2% will work, too.

Gradually drizzle 1 cup of the hot milk into the egg yolks while whisking vigorously.

Gradually drizzle approximately 1 cup of the hot milk into the egg yolks while whisking vigorously.

I always pour it through a strainer to make sure there are no lumps, but his is optional. Set aside for a minute.

I always pour it through a strainer to make sure there are no lumps, but his is optional.
Set aside for a minute.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together ¾ cup sugar 1/3 cup all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoons salt

In a medium saucepan, whisk together
¾ cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoons salt

Slowly stir in remaining scalded milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Slowly stir in remaining scalded milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.

When all the flour mixture is dissolved, drizzle the egg mixture into the pan while continuing to whisk.

When all the flour mixture is dissolved, drizzle the egg mixture into the pan while continuing to whisk.

Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes, while stirring constantly.

Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes, while stirring constantly.

Remove from heat, and add butter and vanilla. Let it sit until the butter melt, and then ...

Remove from heat, and add butter and vanilla. Let it sit until the butter melt, and then …

... gently fold it in to combine, but don’t over-mix. Lay plastic wrap onto surface of pudding to prevent the formation of a scum, and allow to cool to lukewarm (about 1 hour).

… gently fold it in to combine, but don’t over-mix.
Lay plastic wrap onto surface of pudding to prevent the formation of a scum, and allow to cool to lukewarm (about 1 hour).

Now fill the crust as follows:

1. Bake and cool a 9-inch crust. 2. Pour one third pudding into bottom, and spread evenly. 3. Arrange banana slices on top. 4. Add another third of the pudding over top. 5. Arrange another layer of banana. 6. Top with remaining pudding.

1. Bake and cool a 9-inch crust, and slice 3 bananas.
2. Pour one third pudding into bottom, and spread evenly.
3. Arrange banana slices on top.
4. Add another third of the pudding.
5. Arrange another layer of banana.
6. Top with remaining pudding.

Cover the surface with plastic, and allow to finish cooling completely. Refrigerate several hours or overnight

Cover the surface with plastic, and allow to finish cooling completely.
Refrigerate several hours or overnight

Just prior to serving, whip 1 cup heavy whipping cream Sweeten with 1-2 tablespoons of sugar, and spread on top of cold pie, if desired.

Just prior to serving, whip
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Sweeten with 1-2 tablespoons of sugar, and spread on top of cold pie, if desired.

Serve ...

Serve …

... garnished with additional banana slices.

… garnished with additional banana slices.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Banana Cream Pie