My husband really enjoys banana cream pie and I realized earlier today that I haven't made any in quite some time. Of course you can take the easy way out and use boxed pudding mix, but next time why not try making your own using my classic recipe. It's really easy, uses fresh eggs, and of course tastes so much better than boxed powder.
I use three duck eggs in my pudding, but you can use three chicken eggs if that's what you have available. Either way, you will be glad you took the extra time to make your own homemade pudding to use in the pie.
You can use whatever type of crust you wish. Sometimes I roll out a crust and pre-bake it, other times I just make a graham cracker crust, or my personal favorite, a Pecan Sandie crust, substituting Sandies for the graham crackers.
Nine-inch pie shell, pre-baked and cooled, or graham cracker crust
2-1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks, lightly whisked with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons confectioners sugar
In a heavy saucepan, heat the milk and heavy cream over medium heat, whisking just until tiny bubbles begin to form around edges of the pan. Meanwhile in a small bowl, combine the sugar, flour and salt, then gradually whisk into the hot milk. Cook for a minute or two over medium heat until slightly thickened, whisking constantly. Stir a bit of the hot mixture into your bowl of whisked egg yolks and then stir the yolks into your pan of hot mixture. Cook for a minute or two, whisking until thickened. Remove from heat, add the butter and whisk until incorporated.
Set the pudding aside to cool while you slice the bananas and arrange them in the pie shell. Pour the pudding over the bananas, smooth the top with a spatula and refrigerate until serving. When ready to serve, whip the cream, vanilla extract and confectioners sugar until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over the top of the pie or add a dollop to each plate as each is being served.
|~Made extra good using Asheville Girls Vanilla~|