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Favorite Banana Cream Pie Recipe
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Cream pies are my mom’s specialty, and this dreamy dessert has a wonderful banana flavor. It looks so pretty, and it cuts easily, too. —Jodi Grable, Springfield, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pastry shell (9 inches), baked
  • 2 large firm bananas
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 472 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 353mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into eggs; return all to pan. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  2. Remove from heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard; refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes.
  3. Spread half of the custard into pastry shell. Slice bananas; arrange over filling. Pour remaining custard over bananas. Spread with whipped cream. Refrigerate 6 hours or overnight. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Banana Cream Pie in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p35

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.


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Krista9184 User ID: 8925053 253577
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2016

"This turned out amazing! I was super worried after reading reviews about it being soupy, so after doing research on custards I decided to cook it a few extra minutes once it boiled just to be sure. (If it's undercooked it will get soupy once chilled.) This was my first try at a custard type pie and it is fabulous!! I only used 2/3 cup sugar after reading reviews on it being too sweet and it really is perfect. Thanks for the recipe! It has been added to my box. :)"

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JeJo8337 User ID: 1622503 252589
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2016

"IF I HAD READ THE REVIEWS FIRST.....what a soupy, tasty mess! I normally read the reviews and this time I did not, until Indiscovered this recipe had a flaw. I should have gone with my gut and used 4 egg yolks instead of the 2 eggs. I probably would increase the cornstarch to 1/3 cups also. Sad thing is, the soupy pie actually tastes good. I dished it up in a small bowl and we are eating it because it does taste good."

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Melodylane User ID: 8900658 251825
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2016

"I didnt expect it to taste so good but my whole family thought it was too thick and sugary and no one liked it."

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Candon User ID: 6763924 246301
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"Make sure to sweeten your whip cream with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. I also strain all my custard and puddings with a wire strainer to prevent lumps."

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Lovehealthy User ID: 8818268 246060
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

"This is a great banana cream pie recipe, absolutely delicious! To the people that gave this 1 star because it came out like soup, all I can say is you have to be patient while thickening it. It can take 10 to 20 minutes or longer to thicken. I didn't time mine but I know this from past experience with custard recipes. Keep your eye on it and stir constantly so it doesn't burn on the bottom or try using a double boiler. It's not the recipe that made your pie runny. Also temper your eggs and hot custard. Use small spoonfuls to put into your eggs and stir each time until the eggs get warm. Then you can add them to the custard mixture."

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JenMo690 User ID: 8814117 245898
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"I love this custard. But I cut the sugar down to 2/3 cup and its perrrfect. Much too sweet with a full cup, in my opinion. I added a thin layer of ganache on top of a graham cracker crust, then custard, bananas, custard, cream. My favorite pie!! But yeah, I make this recipe for all my custard/pudding needs."

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Henderymom User ID: 8791609 244841
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2016

"I made this soup pie exactly as the recipe instructed. The custard never set. Very disappointed. The whipped cream needed to be sweetened as well. What a waste of ingredients."

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Buttercream1310 User ID: 5749522 244575
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"I can't even give one star...this is the worst Banana Cream Pie recipe. I followed instructions exactly and it was nothing but soup. This recipe should be for egg yolks...not the whole egg. The whites "cooked" so pieces of them were throughout. The recipe says to chill for 30 minutes with plastic wrap. The pudding was thick until I did that and then it was nothing but liquid. And it was a weird color not the nice yellow custard which I believe is due to the whites of the egg. Taste of Home has a "Banana Cream Pie Recipe" which is much better with yolks, no refrigerating the pudding and it comes out beautiful...this recipe is a disaster...what a waste of ingredients and my time."

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Madvibe User ID: 8724483 242874
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"Made this last night for tonight's dessert! Was an absolute hit! Made one change: added 1 teaspoon of vanilla to the heavy cream for the whipped topping. My first time ever making any type of pie - I was recently diagnosed with food allergies to wheat, soy, peanuts, almonds, peas, and navy beans, so I'm learning to cook from scratch since most prepared dishes in the freezer section have wheat and/or soy. So, the other change was a gluten free graham cracker crust. Nobody could tell the difference in the crust! Everything set up properly and it was really really tasty!"

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cindi10 User ID: 2856217 242499
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2016

"I have been searching for years to find an old fashioned," no shortcuts" recipe for Banana Cream Pie, as it is my husband's favorite dessert. I followed this recipe exactly and was beyond pleased. It was absolutely perfect. As previous reviewer wrote, placing the bananas between the cream filling keeps the bananas fresh. Loved the "Real" whipped cream topping."

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