Sunday, August 22, 2010

Banana Cream Pie ... emphasis on the cream

Pies are quite seasonal; apple pies are best enjoyed in autumn, mince pies with Christmas, and banana cream pies in the summer. There's just something about banana cream pies that makes them so perfect for summer ♥. The fruit, the cream and its overall lushness. I’m always amazed at how fresh a banana cream pie taste; usually, pies are so sweet and warming, but this pie is light and cooling. My go-to food when lounging by the pool. Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Banana Cream Pie



Banana Cream Pie: MarthaStewart.com

Ingredients:
- 1 Pate Brisee, use 1 disc and reserve remaining disc for another use (click here for recipe)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¼ teaspoon coarse salt
- 4 large egg yolks
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- 3 ripe bananas, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced crosswise
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:
- Make the crust: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough into a 14-inch round (¼ inch thick). Fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim dough to extend above edges by 1 inch, fold under, and crimp. Prick bottom with a fork, and freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Cut a large round of parchment paper (about 11 inches), and place in pie shell, allowing excess to extend above edges. Fill with pie weights. Freeze until cold, about 10 minutes.
- Bake crust 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Remove pie weights and parchment, and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack.
- Make the filling: Combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl. Add egg yolks, and whisk until smooth. Bring milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add ½ cup milk to yolk mixture in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly. Pour mixture into pan with hot milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to bubble and is very thick, about 6 minutes.
- Pour milk mixture through a large-mesh sieve into a bowl. Add butter, and stir until melted. Fold in bananas. Pour into crust. Place plastic wrap directly on surface of filling to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
Make the topping: Beat together cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread whipped cream over filling. Using a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon, shape topping into peaks.


“A billowy whipped-cream topping conceals a velvety
banana custard in this dreamy pie.”

Banana Cream Pie

A Banana Cream Pie with emphasis on the cream, which took up
half of the pie. Not a bad thing, I assure you.

Banana Cream Pie

14 comments:

jelena said...

this must be a fantastic treat for the kids!

Lucie said...

How I wish I enjoyed bananas other than in banana bread right now! This looks great...especially with all that cream!!

Laura said...

Ooooh, looks so beautiful! Especially with the little stars on top!

PopGirl890 said...

That looks so good!

Chele said...

In my book cream pie of any shape or form as always high on the must eat list ;0)

Coté Provence said...

I've never had a Banana pie ... looks delicious .. and I love bananas!

xo

How To Be Perfect said...

My hubby would love this, looks delicious x

simplysandi said...

YUMMY! I love banana cream pie. I just had a banana pudding cupcake at Dimples Cupcakes on Friday. It's put me in the mood. I will have to check out this recipe.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Like many other baked goods, I used to hate cream pies as a child because I'd been scarred by some bad restaurant ones. But made correctly with not too much sugar and a good portion of fruit, they are the perfect cool summer treat. Yours is beautiful and the pastry stars are too cute.

SoozNooz said...

My goodness - this looks divine!!!
It's not summer here at the moment but who cares - lovely - will give it a whirl!

Eliana said...

Looks so delicious and cute with the stars on top.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I've never ate a pie/tart featuring banana (eg. banofee pie or banana cream pie etc) but it sure does sound like a heavenly combination. Plus, I love your little star decorations on the top. Bien fait!

Ingrid said...

WOW, you've been busy & I'm way behind! Know that I am drooling over all of it........
~ingrid

Carol said...

I just found your blog on Google Reader and now I am following your delicious site. I hope you will stop by mine too. I post some recipes but haven't quite grasped how to add tabs or categories to that I can do just a recipe file.

Pie sounds great.

Carol-the gardener