Banana Cream Pie

A chilled slice of cream pie is a refreshing and indulgent treat in warm weather. This banana version offers a flaky, buttery pie crust and custard cream filling made with whole milk and a touch of cream cheese. The entire pie is finished with a heaping helping of sweetened whipped cream. It’s the perfect ending for a picnic or cookout.

Banana Cream Pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 pie

Ingredients

    For the Pie Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
  • 2 tablespoons water, ice cold
  • For the Pie Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 large bananas
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions

For the Pie Crust:

Whisk together flour, salt and sugar in large bowl. Cube butter and add to flour mixture. Use pastry blender or 2 forks to cut butter into dry ingredients until pea-sized pieces of butter are scattered throughout. Add ice cold water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough starts to form into ball. Turn dough out onto work surface and knead briefly until consistent dough is formed. Divide dough in half and shape into 2 flat disks. Wrap disks plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Roll the dough disk into 12-inch circle. Press dough evenly into bottom and up sides of 9-inch pie plate or 11-inch tart pan. Cover dough with sheet of foil and arrange pie weights on foil. Bake 20 minutes or until pie crust edge is lightly browned. Remove pie weights and foil. Cool completely.

For the Pie Filling:

Combine milk, cornstarch, sugar, salt, eggs and butter in heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to boil, whisking constantly. Cook until mixture thickens, then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Whisk in cream cheese a little at a time until completely melted and incorporated. Set aside to cool slightly.

Slice bananas and place in bowl. Add lemon juice and toss to coat the slices (this prevents the bananas from turning brown).

To Assemble:

Arrange 2/3 or the bananas in the bottom of the pie plate. Pour the cream custard mixture over bananas and smooth with back of spatula. Chill 2 hours, or until custard filling is set.

Spread whipped cream onto center of chilled pie and top with remaining banana slices. Scatter sliced almonds over entire pie. Serve chilled.

Store pie loosely covered in plastic wrap in the refrigerator.

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