What's your favorite fruit pie? For me, banana cream pie has always been the winner! I've never really been a fan of other fruity pies because of the warm, mushy fillings (the texture just isn't for me). Banana cream pie is different - the fruit is sliced, cold & fresh, and layered with delicious pudding! I like to make this using graham cracker crust rather than normal pie crust. I think it pairs really well with the banana and pudding!
- Pie crust (I prefer using graham cracker crust)
- Whole milk
- Granulated sugar
- Egg yolks
- Vanilla extract
- Unsalted butter
- Whipped cream (optional)
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Tips & Storage:
- Be careful when you're adding the warm milk mixture to the egg yolks. You want to make sure you're pouring it in slowly and stirring the entire time so that it doesn't cook the egg yolks too quickly.
- Make sure your pie crust and pudding are both completely cooled before adding the pudding to the crust.
- When layering the pudding over the banana slices, add small dollops all over and then carefully spread it around so it covers the banana evenly. Only add enough pudding so that it just covers the slices. I usually have enough room for 3 pudding layers/4 banana layers (especially with my deep 9" pie dish!)
- Depending on the depth of your pie dish, you may have leftover pudding. It's delicious to eat on it's own, or I recommend making some banana cream pie jars! (See below)
- Store leftover pie in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The longer it's kept, the browner the bananas will get (and the soggier the crust will get). Brown bananas may not look very appetizing, but they're still good to eat!
How to make Banana Cream Pie jars:
- Gather a few clean, empty jars (I like to re-use jars from Bonne Maman preserves)
- Cut the pudding recipe in half and follow instructions 2-6 to prepare the pudding (or use leftover pudding if you have any from making the pie).
- Instead of making a graham cracker crust, you'll just use graham cracker crumbs.
- In each jar: layer graham cracker crumbs, pudding, banana slices, and whipped cream until the jar is full!
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Banana Cream Pie
- 9" Pie Dish
- 2½ cups whole milk
- ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- 5 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 4 bananas sliced
- 1 pie crust
- whipped cream optional, for topping
Prepare the pudding
- Prepare your pie crust. I prefer using a graham cracker crust for this pie, but a regular pie crust is just as delicious!
- Combine the milk with the sugar and salt in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Whisk until the mixture is hot to touch, and the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch.
- While stirring, gradually pour ~½ cup of the milk mixture into the yolk mixture. Then, add the yolk mixture to the pan with the remaining milk mixture.
- With the pan over medium heat, stir until the pudding is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and softened butter until it's melted and completely combined.
- Cover the top of the pudding with plastic wrap and let it cool.
Assemble the pie
- Starting with banana slices, alternately layer the banana slices and pudding over the crust.
- Let the pie chill for at least an hour prior to serving.
- Serve with whipped cream (optional). Enjoy!