Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

This is the second week that I’ve started off with a dessert recipe, but during Winter, sometimes that’s all you need. And this being my birthday week, it’s even more justified.

Banana Cream Pie is something I’ve been dying to try. As I’ve mentioned before, I have quite a fascination with American food and I’ve ventured into it just slightly. We only recently got The Food Network in South Africa and I’ve been kind of hooked on some of those shows. Some, I don’t care for as much but The Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten – I love you!) and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives have been two of my favourites. DDD is one of those shows that can both surprise me and shock me during the same episode. I am always surprised at the cooks/chefs who, in the back of a tiny little diner makes their own stock, pasta and breads. I am always shocked at the amount of butter and gravy used.

Banana Cream Pie

But it takes a lot to put me off and so far I haven’t been. I’d to visit the States and I’d love to explore all those diners and ESPECIALLY the BBQ joints. Just thinking of those ribs makes me salivate slightly.

That’s why I decided to try (what I believe to be) an All-American Favourite, Banana Cream Pie. It was on one of the DDD’s that I saw a lady making Banana Cream Pie and I fell inlove. I really like banana in desserts and Banoffee Pie is one of my all time favourites, so I just needed to try the American version.

An easier dessert you won’t easily find and it can be made easier by using cookie crumbs as the base instead of pastry (I used a shop-bought short-crust pastry). The filling is made on the stove and takes all of 10 minutes before it can be put in the fridge to cool down. I loved this recipe so much, I made it twice in the last week and both times my family just loved it.

Banana Cream Pie

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  • Zoe
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    Hi! First off, this looks amazing! I just had two quick questions…
    1) What are tennis biscuits?
    2) What is cornflour/maizena?
    I’m an American, and this is the nicest looking banana cream pie I have seen in quite some time, and I have a few banana’s I need to use soon.

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      Zoe, tennis biscuits are a South African coconut flavoured cookie. But I’m sure graham crackers will work just as well. Cornflour is corn starch. I’m not sure what else they would call it in the US?

      • RJ
        Reply

        In the US it us called cornstarch.

      • Nikki
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        First of all. Corn flour and cornstarch are two totally different things. I just made this recipe and had to add flour because the mixture wouldn’t thicken. Stirred 45 minutes and nada. We finally had to add flour to the mixture and stir another 20 minutes before it thickened a little. I’m really hoping this pie turns out, if not I guess we will be having lamb for dessert.

        • Alida Ryder
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          Nikki, so sorry your custard didn’t thicken but corn starch and cornflour are the same (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn_starch). A lot of things could’ve happened to your custard. Altitude, moisture in the air and even the brand of corn starch/flour all play a role. I’ve never needed to add flour to my custard but if you wanted to try this again, perhaps use more cornflour instead of regular flour. I hope your pie turned out!

  • Revaan
    Reply

    What happened to the Maple & Pecan stuffed Coffee Cake, I copied and pasted the recipe to make at home, but when I read through it now, it does not indicate the amount of sugar to be used and I now cannot find it on your website:-)

  • Rachel
    Reply

    your photo is amazing! I’m salivating at my desk!

  • Sonya
    Reply

    You are so lucky to have the Food Network there! Im an American living in The Netherlands and I don’t have it 🙁 I miss it so much..lol Banana Cream pie is a total favorite for sure..lemon meringue pie is another,coconut cream pie,strawberry rhubarb pie,the list is endless really..lol This looks fantastic!

  • LuLuBug
    Reply

    Bring me some pleeeez!!!

  • Caitlin
    Reply

    yup i live in the US and it is definitely a favorite… you have to try banana pudding next!!! not the kind with the pudding mix though, the recipe with the baked meringue on top! i bet if you googled vanilla wafer banana pudding recipe it would come up!

  • reney
    Reply

    Most Americans would actually make this with a banana flavoured pudding mix. The restaurant I worked in when I was in high school used to put a layer of bananas on the bottom and top. Also, you should try Ina Garten’s lemon bars.

  • PinkPOlkaDot
    Reply

    Sooo easy and yummy!

  • Tess
    Reply

    This looks awesome! Have you made a Banoffee Pie before? I’ve been coming accross it a lot recently and can’t wait to try it!

    • Ally_R
      Reply

      Tess : I’ve made a cheat’s version, but not the real thing. It is delicious!

      Pink Polka Dot : Indeed!

      Reney : I’m not too fond of pre-made mixes but I did see it being used in a lot of the recipes I came across.

      Caitlin : Good to know that it really IS a favourite there. You always hear these things but can never be sure, you know?

  • Sam
    Reply

    Yum! – I love banana’s so much.

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