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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings

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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 308 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Michele
    Jul 1, 2019

    Great recipe! Very easy! Turned out great!

  • Vikki
    May 31, 2018

    I've made this several times and it always turns out great.

  • D
    Jan 19, 2018

    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

  • AdiS56
    Oct 12, 2016

    looks great....why do i have to cook in a microwave? can i book on gas fire?

  • EmilyBunker
    Feb 18, 2015

    Just made this, really simple to make and the filling is really tasty. I think this pie is going to be very delicious!

  • roseannt
    Jan 14, 2014

    Going to make this

  • JennTats
    Mar 24, 2013

    Quick, easy to make and tastes so good! Thank you for this great recipe! The second time I made this I added some sliced toasted almonds to the top just for an added texture and both ways taste good!

  • tohcooksalot
    Jun 18, 2012

    Very easy! Everyone in my family loved it. Next time I will make more

  • la dolce vita
    Feb 1, 2011

    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.

  • Dublin_1223
    Jan 1, 2011

    I have been looking for a homemade banana cream pie recipe that doesn't use banana pudding mix. I made this for my husbands birthday party and it was a big hit with everyone. So very easy to make! I will definately make this again!! Love it!!