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Contest-Winning Banana Cream Pie

 Contest-Winning Banana Cream Pie
I fix this creamy dessert whenever I need a no-fuss treat. Friends are surprised to hear that it's made in the microwave because the soft banana filling and thick buttery crust taste like I slaved over the stove for hours. -Anne Schroeder, Yarrow, British Columbia
6-8 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 30 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2-1/4 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 2 medium firm bananas, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • Whipped topping and additional banana slices, optional

Directions

  • Place butter in a greased 9-in. microwave-safe pie plate. Heat,
  • uncovered, on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in crumbs
  • and sugar until combined.
  • Press onto the bottom and up the sides of plate. Cook, uncovered, on
  • high for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until crust is firm and holds
  • together. Cool completely.

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Contest-Winning Banana Cream Pie (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For filling, in a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar, flour
  • and cornstarch. Gradually whisk in milk until smooth.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 7-8 minutes or until thickened,
  • stirring every 2 minutes. Stir a small amount of hot liquid into egg
  • yolks. Gradually return to the bowl, stirring constantly. Cook 30-60
  • seconds longer or until bubbly, stirring every 15 seconds. Stir in
  • the butter, vanilla and salt until butter is melted. Cool for 20
  • minutes, stirring several times.
  • Arrange bananas in crust. Top with filling. Cover and chill 8 hours
  • or overnight. Top with whipped topping and additional bananas if
  • desired. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 308 calories, 16 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 117 mg cholesterol, 296 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.