I always think of pie as a Thanksgiving treat but really it should be a year round thing. I’m not even sure why or when I started pushing the sweet dessert to the back of my mind once the holidays have passed but, thanks to the overripe bananas on my counter, it’s making a spring comeback in the One Sweet Appetite home! This Banana Cream Pie is rich, creamy, and the perfect way to celebrate warming weather.
Once you have decided on a base the next part is simple. Slice some over ripe bananas and fill your shell. Pour over a little custard and chill. Easy peasy. I do have to admit that I had to make this one twice. The first time I didn’t cook the filling long enough and had a little problem with it setting. Make sure you follow the directions and cook until thickened. Top things off with a little whipped cream and you have got a pie ready to be shared… Or not. It’s possible I ate over 80% of it on my own.
- 1 nine inch pie crust, baked
- 2-1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3-4 over ripe bananas
- whipped cream (optional)
- Combine the milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium heat until thickened making sure to whisk consistently.
- Lightly whip your egg yolks in a small bowl. Stir a small amount of your milk mixture in with the yolks and whisk until combined. Slowly stir into the pan with the remaining pudding mixture and cook for two minutes longer; making sure to stir the entire time.
- Remove from the heat and stir in your butter and vanilla extract. Allow to cool slightly.
- While your pudding is cooling slice your bananas and place into your prepared pie crust. Pour lukewarm pudding over the bananas.
- Cover and chill 4 hours. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.
Check to see if the mixture is thickened by dipping a spoon in the custard. Run your finger in a straight line down the back of the spoon. If the line stays your pudding is ready.
Make sure you use bananas that are over ripe for the best flavor.
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