Banana Cream Pie

This Banana Cream Pie is made with a super easy homemade custard and layers of bananas.

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Pi Day, March 14th. 3.14 is the digital reading for March 14th and constant for the symbol Pi. It has become an unofficial holiday only to be celebrated with…wait for it…PIE!

This day, however, means so much more to us than an excuse to eat pie. A year ago my sister-in-law Kimi received a heart transplant on this very day. It’s a day filled with a lot of emotion. A second chance at life for Kimi and a day of remembrance for her donor and her family.

This Banana Cream Pie is made with a super easy homemade custard and layers of bananas.  the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Besides Thanksgiving, I rarely take the time to make a pie but a new tradition has been started. My friend Brittany gave me her banana cream pie recipe and I absolutely loved it.
pie-crustYou know I hate making pie crusts. In fact, I’m quite terrible at it. But this crust was a no brainer. It has Crisco in the crust which I’m usually totally against, but it does make for an amazingly easy crust with the perfect texture.banana cream
I tried rolling this pie crust but since the dough is so soft I eventually just placed it in the pan and kind of pressed it on the bottom and up the sides. Crimp the sides for that classic crust look. You want to bake it until it’s golden brown.
Banana Cream Pie  Next fill it with 3 bananas and a super easy filling. Homemade custards usually terrify me but this one is super straight forward. I made this cake from start to finish in under an hour.This Banana Cream Pie is made with a super easy homemade custard and layers of bananas.  the-girl-who-ate-everything.comTop with some fresh whipped cream and you have heaven my friends.
pi-dayOf course the boys could wait to slice it up…

Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients

    Crust:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups shortening (I used butter flavored)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 5 Tablespoons cold water
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • Filling:
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 slightly beaten egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 bananas
  • Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar or 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavoring

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a food processor add the flour, shortening, and salt. Pulse until shortening is combined. If you don't have a food processor you can cut in the shortening by hand with a knife.
  3. Add the egg, cold water, and vinegar and pulse until incorporated. If doing by hand, cut it in with a fork.
  4. Divide the mixture into two balls. The recipe makes enough for two crusts so reserve the other ball for later or freeze if using later.
  5. Press dough into a 9" pie pan and pinch the edges of the crust like shown above.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. For the filling: Add the sugar, flour, and salt to a medium saucepan. Gradually stir in the milk and cook over medium heat until mixture is boiling and thickens. Cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of the milk mixture into a separate bowl with egg yolks to temper them (about 2 tablespoons). This brings the temperature of the eggs up so that when they are added into the pan they don't scramble. Add the tempered eggs back into the milk mixture and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  9. Remove mixture from heat and add the butter and vanilla.
  10. Transfer to a separate bowl. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature.
  11. Slice bananas and place them in the pie crust and add the filling on top.
  12. For the whipped cream: Place cream and sugar in a chilled mixing bowl and mix on high for 1-2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat for an additional 1-2 minutes or until soft peaks have formed. Don't whip too much or you will end up will cottage cheese looking whipped cream.
  13. Spread the whipped cream over the top of the filling and chill unto ready to serve.

Notes

Source: My friend Brittany Kunz

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  1. Banana cream pie is the best! Love this recipe!

  2. I have never had banana cream pie. Probably because it doesn’t have chocolate. Your photos look amazing. This is one good old fashion pie.

  3. Oh my geez, that looks so delicious! We always have bananas around so I need to try this.

  4. Looks fantastic! What a great addition for the Easter dessert table!

  5. So grateful that everything is well for your sister! Pie is a great way to celebrate! I remember eating banana cream pie as a kid with vanilla wafers :)!
    This looks great and easy! I am not the best at pie crust too :)!

  6. I can say only one thing- wonderful pie!

  7. This pie looks delicious! I’ve never had banana cream pie but I’ll have to now :-)

  8. I love banana cream pie, only when it is made from scratch. DIY custard makes all the difference. I think pies like this are under-appreciated these days, thanks for bringing it up!

    Very happy for your sister-in-law, and wishing her all the best. We have a daughter with a heart condition. Those girls are so strong!

  9. I have a hard time working with pie crusts too. I guess I need more practice. I would love a slice of this creamy pie!

  10. LOVE the look of expectation on the boys faces! I’m going to make this for Easter dinner this year. Looks delicious!

  11. The perfect banana cream pie recipe has eluded me thus far, but this one looks like a winner. Must try!

  12. Looks perfect! Pie crust and all, well done. I haven’t had Banana cream pie in forever… Need some!

  13. Banana Cream Pie is my absolute favorite! Love that we have an even better reason to celebrate Pi Day now!

  14. Haven’t made a cream pie for ages. I know a family who lost there son at a young age in a car wreak and he donate his organs to someone and this did help with the grieving.
    Nice blog. I found it though Facebook and at end of each month I like to adventure out and visit different and new blogs.

    Coffee is on

  15. This is very close to the banana cream pie recipe my family has used for years. But we like to use a graham cracker crust. A lot less work and tastes great!

  16. Any idea if you could substitute the bananas for, say, blueberries? Seems like you could interchange other fruits no? Love your web site and love making your recipes for my friends and family.

  17. First and most importantly—OMG in regard to your sister in law. That is really really big in the web of life
    events! A story with a happy ending is like a good banana cream pie. I was bowled over with the comment by the person who had never had banana cream pie before. Boy howdy doe she have a wonderful experience on her path. Unfortunately Crisco does make a good pie crust. Everything in moderation is my motto. So this works. It looks and I know it tastes delicious.

  18. Sweet celebration! This pie looks so good!

  19. Just wanted to say I made this pie as soon as I got the email about it, it did not disappoint!!! I had never made a homemade custard before, what have I been doing for the last 30 years!? Lol so good, thanks for sharing!!!

  20. This looks delicious – definitely going to try it out!