Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Donna's Banana Pudding Pie

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.

Dessert time!


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!


Danielle said...

Oh YUM!!! That looks really good. I love banana pudding pie. I think I like this pie crust better than the old fashioned way of vanilla wafers turned to mush!

laby said...

Looks great! I will definitely have to try this because I love banana pudding. Well, I do as long as it's not made with instant pudding mix, yuck!

Joelen said...

Looks like a fabulous pie! I tend to have bananas on hand so I'll have to give this a try. I've loved most of Dorie's recipes so far and it looks like this is another great one!

Dajana said...

Looks and sounds fabulous. So creamy, I'm drooling!

Donna-FFW said...

Thanks for the shout pout and your lovely award..I am so beyond thrilled that you liked it:) Looks delicious~~Pretty layers. Thanks again.

Cheryl said...

That looks amazing, I have not had Bananna Pie for years and years!

Ingrid said...

I remember that! Yours looks just as good!

Cheesewench said...

I adore homemade banana cream pie, but never get around to making it. The stuff at the store is just so plasticine.

rebekah said...

::dies:: oh delicious looking pie ... i think i love you. please run away with me ...

Bob said...

Looks great, would you believe I've never had banana cream pie?

Culinary Alchemist said...

Awesome Banana Cream Pie!!!!! I haven't had it in years... YUM!

teresa said...

mmmm, i love banana pudding, this looks so good!

DDpie said...

This vanilla custard recipe is almost identical to the one I make! Love this stuff. donna rocks :D

the ungourmet said...

Yum! Looks terrific! My mom used to make something like this when I was a kid.
Donna always has the best looking desserts over there doesn't she?!

Debbie said...

Oh yes!That looks so delicious. I always have a ton of leftover bananas. Donna's blog is also one of my favorites!

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