Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Banana Cream Pie

Even though in my own mind, custard pies should technically be made in winter when fresh fruit pies can't be made. . .I love a cold creamy pie on a warm summer night. . .and so now and then. . .I pretend that fresh fruits are not in season. . .and I make a creamy custard pie.

Dorothy's Pastry

  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 pound of lard
  • In a one cup measuring cup
  • Beat one small farm fresh egg
  • add 2 teaspoons of vinegar
  • and fill to the 1/2 cup line with ice cold water.
  1. In the food processor, put all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the cut up lard, pulse this until the big pieces are all gone.
  3. Add the liquid quickly while the machine is going.
  4. Stop it as soon as it starts to come together.
  5. Dump it out and form it into a ball and knead it a few times until it has no more loose flour bits.
  6. Flatten into a 3 discs and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use or at least 30 minutes.
  7. Roll on a floured surface .. .roll onto your rolling pin and lay gently in your pie plate.
  8. Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  9. Trim the edges of your pastry and prick the pastry sides and bottom.
  10. Press foil against the pastry. . gently but so all the pastry has foil against. This keeps it from shrinking down onto the bottom of the pan.
  11. Bake 10 minutes, remove the foil and bake until browned. Cool.

  1. OR. . .by hand. . .put dry ingredients in a large bowl .. .add the cubed lard. . cut in with a pastry blender until the bits look like oatmeal.
  2. Add the wet ingredients all at once. . .and stir with fork until combined.
  3. Go to step step 5 above.

The remaining pastry can be kept in the refrigerator for several days or wrap well and freeze.

Custard enough for 9 inch pie

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 bananas
  1. Blend the cornstarch, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Gradually add the milk and beaten egg yolks.
  3. Stir over medium high heat until it begins to bubble and thicken.
  4. Stir one more minute.
  5. Remove from heat and add the butter.
  6. Allow to cool 5 minutes and pour HALF into cooled pie shell.
  7. Slice 2 bananas and arrange over the custard.
  8. Pour the remaining custard over the bananas.
  9. Refrigerate.
  10. Slice each piece. . .plate and garnish with whipped cream. . .( whip 1 cup and 1 tablespoon sugar). . .and add a few banana slices on top.

14 comments:

  1. It may be breakfast time but I sure could have a piece right now.
    Banana cream pie has got to be one of my favorites!!!

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  2. Delicious photo!! Hubby loves banana cream pie and this will hit the spot!

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  3. Thanks for the recipe. I love to try different pie crusts. and you can't go wrong with banana cream. Isn't pie a breakfast food? it is at my house!

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  4. my favorite pie- thanks for the picture and no pie around to eat!

    http://randommusingsfrommypov.com

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  5. Delicious looking photo - I hear some bananas screaming from my kitchen.

    Have a fantastic day.
    Lynn

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  6. Hey, once again, love this blog! Banana Cream Pie has got to be right up there in my Favorites list. I make it a lot like your recipe, except....I like to substitute coconut extract for the vanilla. Sometimes I add both extracts, but definitely the coconut-it adds a lot to the flavor of the pie.
    ~lisa

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  7. You're right. A cold slice of cream pie hits the dessert spot very well on a hot day.

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  8. Have you been in touch with my 96 year old dad? I swear that every dessert you post is one that he has recently been reminiscing about!

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  9. Oh my, that pie looks fabulous. I may need to put those bananas that are on my counter to good use! I stumbled across your blog the other day, and I think just adore your no-nonsense recipes. Please keep up the good work!

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  10. Cream pies...my favorite choice. Your's looks so yummy. A cup of coffee, a piece of pie and a good visit. Now that sounds like a perfect summers evening. Kathy

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  11. How true about the cooking cream pies in the winter. I love how you made your own pudding sauce. It tastes so much better than the instant stuff.
    It's well worth the time and effort.

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  12. Yum...one of my favorite's...in season and out! I'm thinking this would taste especially good in an Arabian tent...on a warm summer night.

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  13. Made this the other day, with banana extract. It was absolutely delicious!
    A perfect after dinner treat on a hot summer evening!
    Thanks!

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