As per tradition, Mom and I made banana pie for my birthday, just this year we made it over Skype together instead of in person. Last night, we Skyped each other from our kitchens as I made my birthday pie, and it was almost as good as doing it together at home. Banana pie is my favorite, I highly recommend it as far as birthday treats go.
It’s not hard to make, even if you make the crust from scratch, which I did. I just used the pie crust from my apple pie, but feel free to get pre-made pie crust. Cheater.
I’ve been telling people about this pie for ages, been bragging about my favorite birthday thing for so long that I’m pretty sure everyone I’ve told about it feels like this.
3 eggs yolks
1/3 cup flour
1 cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp cold butter
½ tsp salt
4 or 5 bananas
2 cup heavy cream
3 heaping tbsp powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1. First, bake your pie crust. You’re going to pour your filling into the pre-baked crust.
2. Beat egg yolks and set aside.
3. In a saucepan, mix flour, sugar, and salt together.
4. Over medium heat, whisk in the milk until thickened.
5. Remove from heat and beat in the egg yolks.
6. Put back on the stove and stir continuously until it your custard comes to a boil.
7. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
8. Line pie crust with fresh slices of banana before slowly pouring in a thin layer of custard over the sliced bananas, allowing the custard to fill in the cracks.
9. Set in another layer of banana slices, more custard, and so on until you run out of custard. I like my top layer to be custard.
9. While your pie is cooling, whip heavy cream. It’s not quite as convenient as the stuff in the can, but it tastes so much better, and is absolutely worth it.
10. Combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla and whip it until thickened.
11. Once your pie has cooled a bit, spread a thick layer of cream on top of your pie and stick it in the fridge. Let your pie sit until it sets up.
There’s about half an inch of cream on this pie. It’s amazing. Look at this beautiful slice of pie.
I was originally going to keep this pie to myself, but it’s probably for the best that I brought it into work since all together we barely ended up finishing half of it.