There seems to be a special day for all of our favorite foods and today is no exception according to John-Bryan Hopkins of Foodimentary. Hopkins announced today that March 2 is National Banana Cream Pie Day in the US. There are literally hundreds of ways to create your favorite dessert.
Hard to find
Although there’s a simple way and a hard way to make anything, pies are not that difficult to make. The easiest way is to go to the store or bakery and buy a pie. However, the local Publix Supermarket on Narcoossee Road in Orlando, Florida stated they only make banana cream pie to order. The bakery staff report that the pie doesn't have more than a day of shelf life. Interestingly though, Publix bakery did have coconut cream pie readily available.
Traditional and Easy Recipes
The second easiest way to get a banana cream pie is to get a ready made pie crust, some whipped cream, bananas, milk and instant banana pudding and you’re done. What seems to take a lot of time, really doesn't take more than whipping up milk and a pudding mix. Here’s a traditional cream pie recipe made the old-fashioned way. Once you learn this traditional homemade banana cream pie recipe, you’ll be able to make any type of cream pie – chocolate, peanut butter, coconut and any other sweet treat that goes well in a cream pie. The list is endless and delicious. Now if only I could make sure no one touches the pie until it’s set.
- 1 (9 inch) pie shell in the refrigerator section of your grocery store
- 3 cups whole milk
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 (16 oz container) of whipping cream or ready-made whipped cream
- More sugar to taste for the whipping cream
- Bake the pie shell by following the directions on the package
- In a large saucepan, heat the milk until it begins to boil
- In another pot, over medium heat, add the sugar, flour, salt together and then add the boiling milk to the dry mixture, whisk constantly until thickened.
- Cover mixture and cook another two minutes, continue to whisk occasionally.
- In a small bowl, separate 3 egg yolks, beat slightly. Slowly stir in the hot mixture to the egg yolks until the entire hot liquid is mixed. Set aside and allow to sit until it is warm to touch.
- Slice bananas in bottom of pie shell; pour liquid custard mixture over bananas. Let pie cool or place in refrigerator for one hour. Top with whipped cream or meringue (make with 3 leftover egg whites). Decorate as desired with nuts, sliced bananas.
Optional and Alternative Cream Pies
Add any of these ingredients to the bottom of the pie or mix into the custard.
- Chocolate shavings
- Shredded Coconut
- Peanut Butter