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Cherry Banana Cream Pie

From Hanover, Ontario, Denise Elder shares this dreamy dessert. "The crunchy crust is spread with a rich butter layer, then topped with a fluffy filling flavored with banana, cherries and chocolate," she says. "Guests always tell me the pie reminds them of a banana split...and then ask for seconds.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafers)
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 large firm banana, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup halved maraschino cherries
  • Whipped topping, chocolate curls and additional maraschino cherries

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, melt 1/2 cup of butter; stir in wafer crumbs. Press into a 9-in. pie plate. In a small bowl, cream the remaining butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Spread over crust.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add the sugar and cocoa; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in the walnuts, banana and maraschino cherries.
  • Spoon into crust. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Garnish with whipped topping, chocolate curls and cherries.

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Reviews

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  • y-me
    Feb 16, 2012

    Our family and friends love this. . . absolutely delicious. It is also good using pecans instead of walnuts.

  • frankieb
    Apr 16, 2009

    I don't like chocolate. Can anyone suggest a substitute for the 2 TBS baking cocoa in this recipe? Or can I just leave it out?