Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

My family loves pie and I usually use a box of pudding to make the filling.  I had been using a sugar-free version for a while but we've made the decision that eating sugar (in moderation) is better than the SF stuff.  

I bought regular pudding in a box and it was good. Then I decided to try and make my own and get rid of another pre-measured boxed helper. It's so easy to make! Even if you don't want a pie, the pudding is fantastic alone and even yummy slightly warm.  The egg yolks add a lovely richness and color.  I see many more pies in our future. 

Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

1 baked pie crust
2/3 cup sugar *
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3/4 cup milk (I  used whole goat milk)
5 eggs yolks
1 Tablespoon butter
1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-4 bananas
whipped topping or 1 cup heavy whipping cream plus 2 T powdered sugar

In heavy saucepan mix together sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
 In separate bowl mix together egg yolks and milk. 
Pour wet into dry and whisk.  There shouldn't be any lumps. Add in the pat of butter.  Don't worry, it will melt and incorporate into the pudding.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a boil.  This can take anywhere from 6-10 minutes.  
Boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute or until nice and thick.  Remove from heat, mix in vanilla extract.
Cover with plastic wrap making sure the plastic is on the surface so it doesn't create a skin when as it cools. When I first checked my pudding it was about 180 degrees.  I cooled it to about 100 degrees before I added it to my pie crust.  I had made my pie crust ahead and had it frozen ready for pie day. I took it straight out of the freezer when I was ready to add the pudding.  This also helps cool it down.
Layer sliced bananas in the bottom and up the sides a little if you like.  I used 3 bananas here but you can use less or more as long as the pudding covers it. 
 Looks pretty good here but let's...
add some whipped topping or you can use the heavy whipping cream beaten to a soft peak with about 2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar. I used a large tip #190 for these little rosettes.  You could certainly cover the whole pie if you wanted to. Set the pie in the fridge until cool and firm.  This will be at least 3 hours.
  


* We found this to be a little sweet for us so I will try it the next time with just 1/2 cup of sugar.

34 comments:

  1. This looks yummy! I pinned it for later.

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  2. I don't eat bananas so this isn't for me - but if I could get my MIL to make it for my husband he'd be thrilled. ;)

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    1. Skip the bananas, it would still pretty good without!

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  3. LOVE your banana cream pie recipe and wish I had a slice right now!!! Sharing around the globe so others can try this yummy pie them self. Thanks for the tutorial too. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  4. This looks delicious, I'll have to try it! My ex's mother used to make banana cream pie although I suspected that she used boxed pudding mix.

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  5. Jenny,

    I love making homemade pudding. It is nothing like the box stuff. It is so rich, creamy, and has a wonderful texture and flavor. YUM! You are making me hungry. Your pie looks amazing!
    stumbled, pinned, tweeted!
    Blessings,
    Diane

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    1. I am ready to try more flavors! Thanks for sharing me Diane!

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  6. Looks absolutely delicious. Pinned, tweeted and Facebook shared, too :)

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  7. My husband loves banana cream pie. And, I won't use packaged pudding. So, this is awesome! I love it. It looks so yummy! And, I really like all the time you took to make the cute little whipped cream decorations. Me, I just squirt it on 'til you can't see the pie anymore! LOL :)

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    1. I like to decorate cakes so I have to decorate the pies too!! :D

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  8. What a fantastic banana pie! It looks nice and easy too. I will definitely make this :)

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    1. Thank you Nicole, I enjoy having a little fun with my dishes!

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  9. Wow, does this look GREAT! Pinned it. :) You'll share this at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop this week on Ducks 'n a Row, right? Please? We're live NOW!

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  10. This looks incredible Jenny and I love the homemade pudding! I can't wait to try this!

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  11. Gorgeous! We love Banana Cream Pie at our house!

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    1. We love this one now too, no more boxes!

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  12. Looks delicious Jenny. I love banana cream pie but the hubby does not. I would have to eat the whole thing by myself so I never make it. Sad :(
    Blessings, Shari

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  13. Dear Jenny, That pie certainly looks good. I am a fan of banana cream pie and of good old fashioned recipes. Blessings, Catherine

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  14. Your old fashioned banana cream pie looks seriously amazing, Jenny! I'm sending the recipe to a friend who is totally crazy about banana pie. This one could become her favorite (and mine too)!! Cheers from Del's cooking twist!

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  15. Beautiful pie Jenny! I don't have much experience making my own pies, but your wonderful step by step directions and photos make me eager to try!

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  16. I haven't had a banana cream pie in ages and this looks so good! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  17. this is my hubby's favorite. Your looks delicious. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop xo

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  18. CONGRATS on being featured on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!!! You deserve it! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  19. banana cream pie is my favorite! never even thought to try making it from scratch but it does look so easy-can't wait to try! thank you for sharing this recipe i am so happy to have found you and your site via re-treat link up! can't wait to read more, have a great weekend!

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  20. Banana cream pie is one of my hubby's favorite pies. Thanks for sharing it on Merry Monday.

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  21. Good job with "stepping away from the box" with your Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie. Thanks for sharing at #theWeekendSocial. Love to see what you bring to the table next time. Thursday 9:00 PM EST. Pinned!

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