I had a few bananas that were on their way to very ripe. I was going to just whip up a banana bread, but Tawny asked for Banana Pudding with Vanilla Wafers.
I'd never made one before and while doing a search I found a recipe on one of my favorite blogs, My Tasty Treasures.
Donna's Banana Pudding Pie
For the pie:
65 Vanilla wafers (divided)
5 1/3 TBLS (2/3 stick) butter, melted
2 ripe medium bananas, thinly sliced
For the Vanilla Pudding:
1/2 C sugar
1/3 C flour
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
2 C milk
4 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
For the Whipped cream:
1 C heavy cream
2 TBLS sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease a 9in pie plate and set aside.
Finely crush 45 Vanilla Wafers and reserve 1/4 C of the crumbs for the topping.
Mix remaining crumbs with melted butter and press evenly in pie plate.
Bake 10 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from oven to cool.
Time to make the vanilla pudding.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, flour, and salt. Whisk in the milk and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes to a low boil and becomes thick, about 7 minutes. Reduce the heat to very low. Stir a couple of tablespoons of the hot milk mixture into the beaten egg yolks. Stir the egg yolks back into the hot mixture in a slow steady stream. Stir constantly until the mixture is thickened to the consistency of pudding, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
Place half of the sliced bananas evenly in the pie crust. Cover them evenly with half of the vanilla pudding. Cover the pudding with about 20 of the remaining Vanilla Wafers. Then the rest of the bananas, followed by the rest of the pudding.
Cool completely in the refrigerator.
When the pie is completely cooled and you're ready to serve, it's time to make the whipped cream.
In a cold bowl, with an electric mixer, beat cream, sugar and vanilla on high until you have whipped cream consistency.
Spread whipped cream over cooled pie and sprinkle with reserved crushed Vanilla Wafers.
I crushed the Vanilla Wafers in my food processor. But you could just as easily use a plastic bag and a rolling pin.
Mix with melted butter. (don't forget to reserve 1/4 cup of crumbs)
Press into greased pie plate.
Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven.
For the vanilla pudding.
Mix sugar, flour, and salt. Then whisk in the milk and stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes thick.
Stir a few tablespoons of the hot milk mixture into the beaten egg yolks and add the egg yolks to the hot milk mixture, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until it's pudding consistency.
Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla.
Now arrange half of the banana slices in the pie crust.
Top with half of the pudding, add a layer of Vanilla Wafers.
Now refrigerate until completely cooled.
While I was waiting for it to cool completely, I made Chicken Saltimbocca and Creamy Parmesan Polenta for dinner.
After dinner whip up your cream.
Spread the whipped cream over the pie and sprinkle on the reserved crushed Vanilla Wafers.
The kids and I LOVED this! Jon's not a banana fan, so he didn't have any.
It was creamy and delicious!
Exactly what Tawny was looking for!
Donna this recipe ROCKED! I'll definitely be making it again!
This is for you!
Thanks so much for posting it!