It’s been so long since I’ve made banana cream pie, and Kumy really loves it, so I thought it would be fun to make for the 4th of July. We had plenty of bananas at just the right stage of ripeness and everything else we needed.
I used the oil pie crust recipe from my mom’s old Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook from the 1960s, and a version of Melskitchencafe’s filling. (I use whole eggs in my version, and I add rum.)
We watched socially-distanced fireworks at the neighbors and came home to pie. Kumy said he was too full – he’d made lassi (Pakistani yoghurt beverage) and drunk 2 big glasses, but even he had to get a piece for himself after taking a bite of mine.
Next morning, he had it again for breakfast. Banana Cream Pie for breakfast – he’s got his priorities straight. I was planning to take a photograph of a piece, but alas – that ship has sailed…
I make it with a regular Pastry Pie Crust, but it’s also good with a graham cracker crust, or my new favorite a Belvita Honey Nut Cookie crust. Here are my favorite Pie Crust recipes. And of course you can always use a ready-made crust!
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/8 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup half ‘n half
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
3 large eggs, lightly beaten in a small bowl
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp rum (optional, but really good)
2 Tbsp butter
3-4 medium bananas, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ slices just before filling.
Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium sauce pan. Add half ‘n half and milk and stir well. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly. Keep the beaten eggs close by.
Once the mixture has thickened and is bubbling, remove it from the heat. Start to pour into the eggs, whisking furiously as you do. Once you’ve added a cup or so of the milk mixture, you can go ahead and add all the eggs and milk back into the pan. Put back on the heat, and bring back to a gentle simmer.
Once you start to see a little gentle bubbling, keep cooking and whisking for another 60 seconds. Remove from heat and add the vanilla, rum and butter.
Cover and leave to cool.
To assemble your pie, pour a thin layer of filling onto the pie crust, then add banana slices. Top with remaining pie filling and put into the fridge to cool.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
splash of rum (optional)
Just before serving, whisk heavy whipping cream, vanilla, rum and powdered sugar until it’s nice and fluffy. (Don’t overmix – you’ll end up with butter.) Pour over top of filling and serve.
If you want to get really fancy, save some banana slices and arrange the artfully on top of the whip cream.