The Sauce: Vanilla Pastry Cream – This pastry cream is made without the tempering process so it’s an easy one-step prep. It’s made with whole milk and velvety evaporated milk for a creamy texture. Contrary to it’s name, pastry cream is made with milk, not cream.
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Can’t let Pi Day go by without pie
The past two years I’ve done a pie for National Pi Day. Southern Pecan Pie in 2011 and Lemon Chess Pie for 2012. This year it kind of snuck up on me while I was busy cooking other dishes. But I love pie and if National Pi Day, March 14, isn’t a good enough excuse for homemade pie, then I don’t know what is. So I put the brakes on everything else and cranked out this creamy fresh banana pie.
The pastry cream filling doesn’t take very long to cook. Don’t let a box mix temp you. Use a homemade Pie Pastry or Graham Cracker Crust, or buy one ready to go. Celebrate Pi Day with this dreamy Banana Cream Pie.
Recipe: Banana Cream Pie
Prep Time: 15 Min | Inactive Time: 4 1/2 Hours | Cook Time: 11 Min | Yield: 6-8 Servings | Level: Moderate
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 5 egg yolks
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 large or 3 small bananas
Whipped Cream Topping
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- a few banana slices or chips
Special Equipment – 9-inch pie plate
2 Add the yolks then gradually whisk in the milk and evaporated milk.
3 Cook over medium heat stirring frequently then constantly when it starts to thicken until it begins to simmer, takes about 8-10 minutes. Simmer for 1 minute stirring constantly.
4 Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Place a sheet of plastic wrap directly on the pastry cream to prevent the formation of a skin. Allow to cool down to warm, about 20-30 minutes.
3 Pour half of the warm filling into the pie shell and spread evenly. Slice the bananas onto the pastry cream. Spread the second half of the filling over the bananas. Place a sheet of plastic directly on the pie and chill for 4 hours or over night.
5 Just before serving, whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla to medium peaks. Mound over the pie. Garnish with banana slices or dried banana chips.
Don’t allow the pastry cream to completely cool as it should be warm to properly set in the pie crust.
Use a purchased graham cracker pie crust or try a chocolate cookie crumb pie crust for a banana-chocolate combination.
Serve the vanilla pastry cream with sliced bananas and a dollop of whipped cream in a glass or parfait.
- Exchange homemade pie crust for store bought crust.
- Exchange dried banana chips for some chopped nuts or shaved chocolate.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
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Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: March 12, 2012