Saturday, January 22, 2011

Banana Pudding Pie


There aren't many desserts that I don't like but Banana Pudding just does something to me.  Is it the Nilla Wafers? Is it the pudding? The bananas? I'm thinking it is just a combination of all those flavors that sends me to the moon.

Now, I realize there is some bit of contention among food folks as to whether a true Southern Banana Pudding should be topped with Meringue or Whipped Cream. Many of the original recipes made it with meringue because when you make the pudding, you use egg yolks, and that left you with some egg whites left over. Thus, cooks would use those to make a meringue topping. But honestly, who really cares? If ya like it with Meringue - go for it. If you like Whipped Cream - then whip away baby. I'm in the Whipped Cream camp so that's what I'm going with.  And if you like Banana Puddin', then you are gonna love this pie!  
I apologize for not having a slice shot.
I'm horrid at cutting nice slices of pie. Forgive me.
Ingredients:
For the crust and pie:
65 Vanilla Wafers
5 1/3 tbsp. butter, melted
2 ripe bananas, thinly sliced

For the pudding:
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
¼ tsp. kosher salt
2 cups milk
4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla extract

For the whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp.confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick spray.
Place 45 of your vanilla wafers into food processor and pulse until cookies are finely crushed (reserve ¼ cup of the crumbs to use to top your pie).  Mix remaining crumbs with melted butter.  Firmly press into the pie plate.  Bake for 10-12 minutes and then remove to cool.
Now to make the pudding.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, flour, and salt.  Whisk in the milk and stir constantly until the mixture comes to a low boil and becomes thick (about 7-10 minutes).  Reduce the heat to very low.  In the bowl that you have your egg yolks in, add a couple of tablespoons of the hot milk mixture (this will keep your eggs from cooking).  Add egg mixture to pot and stir constantly until mixture is thickened to the consistency of pudding (about 3-4 minutes).  You may need to turn your heat up slightly to achieve this.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Now you’re ready to assemble.  Arrange half the banana slices over the crust.  Spread half of the pudding mixture over the bananas.  Top the pudding with the remaining 20 vanilla wafers you set aside.  Top the wafers with the rest of the bananas, then finish it off with the remaining of the pudding.  Place in the fridge to cool completely.

For the whipped cream, using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer (or hand mixer), beat the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form.  It helps if your bowl and your whisk are VERY cold.  Spread the whipped cream over pie and sprinkle with the reserved crumbs. Pie keeps for about a day in the fridge.

Enjoy!




38 comments :

HollyL said...

Mmmm This sounds great! I love bananas! This is my kind of pie!!

Tiffany said...

I love banana pudding and often make it with coconut milk! This pie sounds fantastic!

Kristen said...

Yeah for the pie. I would love to see more of them this year. Yours sounds yummy. My kiddos would have it gone in no time at all.

Dee Dee's Delights said...

My dad would be in love, this is his all time favorite pie!

Sandra said...

Double Yum!!! I love banana pudding and yours look so so good!

Becky said...

Your pie looks so good, just perfect for National Pie Day1 You can lightly dip your bananas in lemon juice or orange juice, which helps the bananas from turning brown. Or did you do that?

thecountrycook said...

Becky - no I don't dip the bananas in any kind of acid. My friend told me to crush up a powdered vitamin C tablet and sprinkle that over them so that way you don't get any cross-flavoring. But I still haven't tried that yet either. And to be honest, this pie is usually completely eaten before those suckers have a chance to turn brown. lol

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

I'm going to need to plan to make a pie now! I'm definitely in the whipped cream camp too!

Sandra said...

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Kimberly said...

You really are trying to make me nostalgic aren't you?!? My Grandma made a pie very similar to this when I was growing up. Ah the food memories...

Medeja said...

It looks really lovely and sounds delicious..

Mateja ^_^ said...

It totally is the combination of all those flavors that works magicaly on us all! Thank you for sharing :)

Chef Dennis said...

I keep hearing the same thing too about pies, they tried to make it whoppie pies but that didn't work. I don't think cupcakes are going away, and pies have always been popular, but I guess its up to us to kick them up a few notches....it should be fun!
I know that banana pudding pie looks like it would be fun to eat!! I do love banana pudding!
Cheers
Dennis

Kim - Liv Life said...

I read that about pie being the new cupcake and I couldn't be happier! My daughter is a big banana fan, this would do it for her! Love it!

A little bit of everything said...

i don't think cupcakes will disappear anytime soon but pies are welcomed anytime.
since today is pie day I may bake one when i wake up later today.
yours look delicious.
thanks for sharing, hope you're having a wonderful weekend

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

WOWSA...does that look great. My dad is a huge banana pudding fan. I'll have to save this recipe for his next visit :)

Blessings!
Gail

Ang said...

I don't think I have ever sought out a homemade banana pudding pie. Mmmmm, it looks so good and I appreciate you taking the time to make this from scratch. Most people would just by the flavored mix and call it good. Great Job!

Lizzy said...

I KNOW my hubby would love this...it's been eons since I've made his favorite banana cream pie! I may just have to surprise him with this soon :)

Candace said...

Banana pudding pie? It just doesn't get any better than that. yum! My mom used to make this wonderful banana pie for Easter than had lemon juice of some sort in it. I don't know if she dipped the banana slices into lemon juice or what...haven't thought of it in years....but it was a cross between a banana pudding pie and a lemon icebox pie. It was soooo good. I was going to be good today and make banana muffins...now I'm not so sure! Great recipe! I don't think we've seen the last of the cupcakes but you gotta a love a good pie, right? Thanks for stopping by to see me and encouraging me today! This pie might just blow that smoothie out of the water. haha Candace

Annie said...

I am really happy to hear that pie will be the "thing" this year. Pie is way better than cake in my book.

Banana cream pie reminds me of my childhood. It is the only dessert that my Dad makes but he does 2-3 layers of whole vanilla wafers, pudding, bananas and whipped cream. I think he would LOVE this!

something good said...

"Pies will be the new cupcake" - it sounds like a prophecy :). This banana pudding pie looks amazing!

Laura said...

Looks fabulous.

Lindsey said...

I LOVE banana pudding (but I'm kind of picky on what constitutes good banana pudding). :) This pie looks amazing! I'm definitely with you in the whipped cream camp, and to serve this up in pie form sounds absolutely delightful! I can't wait to try it!

Treat and Trick said...

What a perfect combination! Looks wonderful and yummy...

dreamsofcakes said...

Yummy, I love bananas. Thanks for the recipe!

happywhennothungry said...

Wow this sounds and looks delicious!

Major Mom said...

Sounds delish! I LOVE banana pudding, especially the homemade kind w/ a good old fashioned custard! Too bad I'd be the only one in the house to eat it :-( None of my boys like banana pudding, even though they love bananas! I guess I should be glad, since it's the healthier option, but oh what they're missing....

Maybe for my next potluck...

Rosy said...

That pie definitely wouldn't last long in our house. Amazing!

Jennifer said...

This sounds so yummy! I love banana pudding. I like it both ways...meringue or whipped cream. But I'd have to say the whipped cream is my favorite! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'll have to give it a try sometime. I know my kids will love it.
Jenn

Miz Helen said...

If you put this Banana Pudding Pie with you Beef tips and gravy that's a great meal. I sure am happy that you brought all this wonderful food to Full Plate Thursday. Thank you so much for coming today!

Dreamgoddess said...

I've been making this recipe for quite a while now and it is wonderful! I'm a meringue person myself, although I have been known to eat cool whip on occasion.

Lisa said...

Yum, a pie like this is always a classic. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday. I hope you'll be able to join in again.

carolinaheartstrings said...

This is a southern favorite and definitely one of mine. Your recipe looks fantastic.

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

Oh I would blow my diet for this!!!
Thanks....:)

http://willcookforsmiles.blogspot.com/

BETH OLIVER said...

THIS RECIPE SOUNDS GREAT.YOU TALKED ABOUT USING THE WHITES AS A MERINGUE AND I WOULD LIKE TO TRY THAT. AFTER WHIPPING THEM WITH SUGAR WOULD YOU SUGGEST PUTTING IT IN A HOT OVEN LIKE A BAKED ALASKA?JUST LEARNED ABOUT YOUR SITE AND I LOVE IT.THANK YOU

The Country Cook said...

Hi Beth! I suppose you could do that. Most folks just whip up a meringue (nice & high) and slather it on top as is. :)

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this Banana Pudding Pie. My mouth is watering already! I'll let ya know how it turns out. It will definitely be a part of the Easter dinner dessert table!

Thanks!
Sharon

dixiegrl said...

Just when I thought homemade Banana Pudding couldn't get any better, this comes along! I made it last night though slightly modified using what I had on hand, and it was scrumptious!! I didn't have enough vanilla wafers for the pie and the crust so I used a large (2-extra-serving size) graham cracker crust... not as good as the wafer one would have been, but it worked out well. And, it fit perfectly inside my 9" pie plate! Thanks for the great recipe, I'll make it again and again.