Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe

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In my opinion the most complicated part of any pie is the crust, so in order to deliver an easy banana cream pie recipe, you need to get a ready made crust or else the time increases if you make it yourself.

There is something useful to note in this recipe and that is you can substitute the bananas for coconut for a coconut cream pie, or if you prefer just experiment.  I have tried this with canned peaches (remove juices) and it turned out wonderful (I did fry the peaches in a bit of brandy for about a minute)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1⁄3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2⁄3 cup sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups of 10% cream (you can use 5% or even regular milk.  The cream tastes better in my opinion)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large bananas sliced. Please make sure they are not over ripe!
  • 1 baked 9 inch pie crust. I prefer Pie Shells made from Graham crackers as they don’t have an overpowering taste on their own.
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar. This is only to sweeten the whipping cream if needed, they other sugar is for the mixture.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat all the cream (or substitute) in a large saucepan, make sure it doesn’t boil so its best to do this over a medium heat.  Stir occasionally till its hot to the touch.
  2. In a second saucepan add the sugar, salt and flour, and gradually add and stir the heated cream from the above step.
  3. Put over medium heat while stirring constantly.  You will need to do this until the mixture thickens.  When the mixture has thickened enough (it will coat a spoon with a film of the mixture, if the mixture completely rolls off the spoon then you need to cook more).
  4. Take the eggs and separate the yolks into a small bowl (big enough to contain all the ingredients).  beat the egg yolks slightly, then pour a small amount of the hot mixture from step 3 and combine.  When completely combined add the rest of the mixture.
  5. Place mixture back into saucepan and cook for another minute just to make sure the everything is mixed evenly.  Always making sure you stir the mixture.
  6. You can now remove everything from the heat, you are done with cooking.  Now add the butter and vanilla, continuously mixing.
  7. When everything has completely combined, let the mixture rest and cool naturally for about 30 minutes to an hour.  It should be warm to the touch but definitely not hot.  The cooler the better.  If its too warm it will start to melt the whipped cream in the final step.
  8. Slice bananas and spread on bottom of pie shell and pour some of the warm mixture over bananas.  If you have extra bananas you can layer, or else pour rest of mixture into pie shell.
  9. add some sugar to the whipping cream (to taste) and whip until stiff.  This takes about two minutes by hand if you don’t have a mixing appliance.
  10. Spread whipped cream over pie.
  11. At this stage you can eat or refrigerate for a while.
The entire process will take less than 30 minutes so this is definitely a quick and easy banana cream pie recipe.  If you agree share/like/comment!
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