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Banana Cream Pie

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

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 8 slices

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups shortening
  • 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 unsalted 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.

Recipe Notes

Source: My friend Brittany Kunz