Saturday, January 31, 2009

Quick and Easy Banana Cream Pie

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This is the recipe I reach for when I want to make a quick dessert that will be guaranteed to please my guests. You can adapt this recipe by making your own custard filling. I find the Jello Cooked Pudding mix works just fine.

Graham Cracker crust

1/3 cup melted butter

1/ 1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs

1- 2 Tbsp sugar.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.

Reserve about 1/2 cup crumbs and press remaining crumbs into 9 or 10 inch pie plate. Refrigerate while you make the filling.

Custard filling

1 package Jello Cooked pudding mix

2 3/4 cups milk

1 Tbsp. butter

1/2 tsp good vanilla

In a large bowl or glass 8 cup measure, stir pudding mix with milk, blending well with whisk. Microwave a minute at a time, stirring well each time until mixture begins to thicken and bubble. Add butter and vanilla, stirring well. Let it cool, stirring every few minutes while you prepare the bananas.

Cut 2 or 3 large bananas into 1/2 inch slices and arrange on the bottom and around the sides of the graham crust. Pour warm custard filling over bananas and refrigerate until filling is completely cold.

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Whip one pint of Whipping cream adding bit of sugar and vanilla to taste. Spread over custard and sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Refrigerate until serving.


  1. Ellen, could we substitute splenda in this recipe? :)

  2. Wow, this looks quick, easy, and delicious! perfect combination for a recipe!

  3. well this would certainly delight this guest...;-}
    no wonder there is only one piece left in the pan.

  4. Bev..this is one of my favorite quick desserts to make and I know that it disappears fast!

  5. In all these years can you believe I have never made a Banana Cream Pie? And this sure looks easy enough for even me to do. Thanks for the the grocery store for graham crumbs. Yum yum!

  6. Thank you I have been on the hunt for a great banana cream pie recipe.

  7. Oh my. . .I have some bananas on the counter now . looks wonderful. . .

  8. This looks great and I hope Bev can answer the Muse' question to me about this recipe :0) I'm guessing there's already sugar in the jello boxed pudding mix...

  9. I've had this very pie at your place Bev, and it is so yummy. It is good to have some of these simple recipes with quick ingredients ready on hand. Cooked pie filling was a wonderful invention! Kathy

  10. I have been making this pie for 44 years.. and it is still as wonderful as it ever was! Some things just don't grow old (or tasteless-smile) do they!!

  11. Ohh.. regarding your question, Ellen, and The Muse, about the sugar.. there would be no problem in substituting spenda in the graham crumb base and you can buy the sugar-free Jello pudding mixes.

  12. The jello cooked pudding mix is great to have on hand for quick pies like this. Coconut Cream and lemon are good too!

  13. I hope this doesn't sound like a silly question, but do you use a banana flavor pudding mix, or something else like vanilla flavor?

  14. I always use vanilla pudding. The sliced bananas add all the banana flavour needed. And I add a bit of good vanilla fust to perk up the flavour.
    I have also made the custard from scratch or sometimes I use the Bird's custard powder. I have to admit that the vanilla pudding mix is my standby though.