So, I had every intention of making my pie crust from scratch, well, let me clarify, I did make one from scratch and although I followed the directions exactly after baking it for slightly less time that directed it still came out a bit overcooked so I just opted to go with a store bought crust and baked it according to the directions on the package. Unfortunately my edge was a little uneven but I knew that wouldn’t take away from the taste.
All-purpose flour, for dusting
1 recipe Pate Brisee to Make Two 9-Inch Single-Crust Pies or One Double-Crust or Lattice-Crust Pie (http://www.marthastewart.com/258439/pate-brisee), use 1 disc and reserve remaining disc for another use*
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
4 large egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 ripe bananas, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 block (about 5 ounces) bittersweet chocolate
*I opted to use a store-bought pie crust
1. Make the crust: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough into a 14-inch round (1/4 inch thick). Fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim dough to extend above edges by 1 inch, fold under, and crimp. Prick bottom with a fork, and freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Cut a large round of parchment paper (about 11 inches), and place in pie shell, allowing excess to extend above edges. Fill with pie weights. Freeze until cold, about 10 minutes.
2. Bake crust 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Remove pie weights and parchment, and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack.
3. Make the filling: Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl. Add egg yolks, and whisk until smooth. Bring milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup milk to yolk mixture in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly. Pour mixture into pan with hot milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to bubble and is very thick, about 6 minutes.
4. Pour milk mixture through a large-mesh sieve into a bowl. Add butter, and stir until melted. Fold in bananas. Pour into crust. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of filling to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
5. Make the topping: Beat together cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over filling. Using a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon, shape topping into peaks.
6. Using a vegetable peeler, shave chocolate at a 45-degree angle, and scatter over pie. (You will only need about 1 ounce of chocolate for the shavings, but it will be easier to shave if you start with a larger piece than you need.) Serve.
7 thoughts on “In Honor of Pi Day… A Banana Cream Pie”
What a coincidence, I just made Banana Cream Pie yesterday too! 🙂
How funny… I actually have never tried Banana Cream Pie before but after making this one it has instantly become one of my favorite pies!
Wow! I am from the UK and have always wondered what a banana cream pie is! Have you heard of Banoffiie pie? It’s banana , caramel and cream on a biscuit base.
I’ve heard the name before, but never knew what was in it. Thanks for letting me know!
I love banana cream pie!!