- 1/3 cup butter, cubed
- 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Reviews forContest-Winning Banana Cream Pie
"I love how easy this pie is to make. However after more than 24 hours in the refrigerator my pie did not set, It was still very soupy. thick around the edges of the pie but the inner and center were soup. I had to pour it in a bowl and make it a banana pudding with cookies because I felt it would never set and I did not want to waste perfectly yummy custard. Can some one help me out as to what I can do differently I follow instructions to the Tee. Thanks"
"looks great....why do i have to cook in a microwave? can i book on gas fire?"
"Just made this, really simple to make and the filling is really tasty. I think this pie is going to be very delicious!"
"Going to make this"
"Very easy! Everyone in my family loved it. Next time I will make more"
"I have been making this pie for 27 years, and it has never not set. Maybe the flour or cornstarch was the problem. A few tips I have, are to add 1 cup flaked coconut to the filling instead of the bananas for a coconut cream pie. The original recipe only calls for 3 hrs or more to set, not 8 hrs. or overnight. I usually make it in the morning and have it for supper. I also use a store bought graham cracker crust to really cut down on the time it takes to make this pie. It's great if you want to make this the old fashioned way, but the recipe is for a microwave pie that is fast & easy, and tastes great."
"The flavours are really good however - I dont' like making custard in the microwave. I make this the way I do custard in England, I heat the milk gently in a saucepan and put the cornflour (I use all cornflour/corn starch) and sugar in a measuring jug. I add a couple of table spoons of the milk as it's warming into the flour/sugar mix to form a runny paste. I then add the egg yolks and whisk them in.I bring the milk to just under a boil - when you just start to see a few bubbles appear and then add it a bit at a time to the paste until I have about 1/2 to 2/3 of the milk in the jug. I then add that back to the saucepan off the heat.I return the pan to the heat and bring back gently to a boil stirring the whole time. Then I add the butter and vanilla, return it to the jug and leave to cool.I either sprinkle a little sugar over the surface of the custard or use a little cling film to prevent a skin forming as it cools. (Actually I usually let a skin form and then scoop that off as my "treat"!!)I hope this helps as an alternative method of making it up - the flavour remains the same though!"
"I have been making this recipe since it was first published years ago. SOOO easy and taste WONDERFUL!! Sometimes I make just the filling and chill as pudding. Some of the best vanilla pudding I have ever had."