Saturday, January 15, 2011

Banana Cream Pie - Is it your favorite too?

I did not grow up having pies. The closest thing to pie in China are those rectangle red bean pie pockets from McDonald's.  Homemade pie is something new to me. If I can make it, anyone can make it :)

This is only my second time making banana cream pie. It already became the all-time favorite dessert by my team at work. It is easy to make and will be a hit at your next party.

Banana Cream Pie 
Prep time: 30 mins 
Total time: 5 hours (including refrigeration time)

- 3 egg yolks  (what to do with the egg whites? Try the recipe here)
- 5 tsp cornstarch
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 whipping cream
- 2 bananas

- 1 egg white
- 1 pre-made graham cracker pie crust

I cheated with the pre-made pie crust (shhhh!). As a novice at pie making, I don't own a pie pan. And I personally think the pre-made crust is perfect for carrying the pie to work. They even give you the plastic top!

- In a heavy medium-size saucepan, beat the egg yolks. Mix in the corn starch and sugar. Stir in milk, salt and butter.
- Cook the egg/milk mixture over medium heat for 7 mins, until bubbling and thick. Stir occasionally.
- Turn off the heat. Mix in the vanilla extract. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
- Use an electric mixer to whip the cream until it forms stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the custard.
- Peel and dice 1 banana into small cubes. Fold the diced banana evenly into the custard mixture. This step gives the pie a lot of banana flavor.

 *Pie crust
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Lightly brush the pie crust with the egg white.
- Place the pie crust on the center of the oven rack and bake for 7 mins. When it is lightly browned, let the crust cool on a rack.

- Peel and slice 1 banana. Place the banana slices evenly on the bottom of the cooled pie crust.
- Spoon the filling into the crust, cover with plastic wrap and chill for another 2 hours or overnight.
- Arrange a few banana slices on top for decoration. Ready to serve!

 Chilled Custard
 Adding whipped cream
Mixing in diced banana

  Banana cream pie being shared at work.

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