All time favorite dessert? Key lime pie. Close second? That would have to be homemade banana cream pie. It’s so creamy and comforting, my grandmother always made it for us growing up. It’s still my request at holidays and whenever I see her. It’s actually less of a pie than a banana custard dessert but tastes amazing all the same.
For the crust, you will need
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp milk
- pinch of salt
For the filling you will need:
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 cups of milk
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3-4 bananas
Mix together the ingredients for the crust. An easy tip is to mix them together in the baking dish, so that you can just smooth it out in the pan you will bake in. poke the crust with a fork all over prior to baking to make small holes. Bake the crust for 10 minutes at 375 degrees or until browned.
To make the filling mix together the sugar, flour and salt in a saucepan. Add the milk and cook over medium heat until bubbly. Cook for two minutes and remove from heat.
In a small bowl, mix together the egg yolks. Stir in a small amount of the warm mixture and blend. Add the yolk mixture to the pan and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, it will start to thicken. Add in the butter and spices to taste (nutmeg or cinnamon – optional).
Place a layer of bananas on the crust
Add the custard on top of the base, then top with more bananas
And there you have it – homemade banana cream pie ready in next to no time. I used whole wheat flour and raw sugar in mine (health food sneak) but play around with this basic recipe and make it your own. Hope you enjoy it!