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Recipe

Banana Cream Pie

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Christopher Hirsheimer

Yield: Yields 1 9-inch pie

Servings: 8

Fragrant vanilla pudding cradled in a graham-cracker crumb crust, topped with bananas and real whipped cream. No wonder this recipe, excerpted from The Food You Crave, is a reigning favorite.

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 14 graham cracker squares (7 full sheets)
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 Tbs. water
  • 1-1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
  • 3 Tbs. boiling water
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups 1/4-inch-thick banana slices (from 3 medium bananas)
  • 1/4 cup well-chilled heavy cream

Nutritional Information

      Calories (kcal) : 218
      Fat Calories (kcal): 72
      Fat (g): 8
      Saturated Fat (g): 4
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2
      Cholesterol (mg): 72
      Sodium (mg): 102
      Carbohydrates (g): 33
      Fiber (g): 1.5
      Protein (g): 4

Preparation

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
  • To make the crust, in a food processor, process the graham crackers until finely ground. Add the butter and water and process until the crumbs clump together. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pie plate and about 1 inch up the sides. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling. Put the gelatin in a small bowl; add the boiling water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. In a medium saucepan, whisk together 1/3 cup of the sugar and the flour. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the milk and egg yolks together. Add the egg-and-milk mixture to the sauucepan and whisk so the flour and sugar dissolve. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened. Stir in the vanilla and dissolved gelatin. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Arrange the sliced bananas in the crust and pour the pudding on top. Place in the refrigerator until the pudding has set, about 3 hours.
  • Whip the cream in a medium bowl with an electric mixer. When it is about halfway to soft peaks, add the remaining 1/2 tsp. sugar, then continue whipping until it barely holds a soft peak. Put the whipped cream in a plastic bag, concentrating it in one corner of the bag. Snip off that corner of the bag and squeeze the whipped cream in a decorative pattern around the pie.

Make Ahead Tips

The pie will keep in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.

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  • Dreamr | 04/14/2012

    I loved this! Tasted wonderful! I did take the advise from Chiffy and reduced the gelatin factor as I, like Chiffy prefer a non gelatin and more a pudding like texture. LOVED IT!As for the health nuts out there? REALLY? I didn't read anything anywhere that said this was a healthy, nutritional dish. We are all aware of the sugar intake when we are PUTTING the sugar in our recipe. Maybe you should just stick with bananas.

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    MoonValleyCrab | 05/31/2011

    Great recipe. I looked up other recipes on Food Network and such and they all called for store bought pudding, I wanted something I made from top to bottom. Pie was a hit at our dinner party, husband had seconds. Will make again!

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