Favorite Banana Cream Pie Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1 piece: 472 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 117mg cholesterol, 353mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.
Reviews for Favorite Banana Cream Pie
"I read all the reviews and made the following adjustments. I used a store bought shortbread crust, 2 cups 2% milk and 1/2 a cup sugar. Put a peel in at the end of the boiling and tempered the eggs (whole). Waited for a full boil and thickness for the custard (25 minutes) and followed the direction's steps exactly. I did have to use well ripened bananas and spread them as a layer. It looks amazing and can't wait to try it after it chills tonight. The custard doesn't have quite the banana flavor I was hoping for, but tastes delicious anyway."
"I made this this morning following others advice of cutting the sugar back and it came out beautifully. My husband made short work of making it disappear. He said the only issue with it "Is there just wasn't enough.". Thanks so much for sharing ."
"for people who can't make this recipe right and get all frustrated and leave terrible reviews: maybe quit cooking altogether. if you can't make something as simple as this, baking clearly isn't your thing.If the custard hasn't set, you didn't boil it long enough, That's it. there is no ither discussion to be had here. if you tought it was too sweet, reduce the amount of sugar used next time. that's it. end of subject. HOWEVER for those of you who do know how to cook and plan on making this wonderful recipe here's a couple things:1. reduce by half the amount of sugar called for in custard, it is indeed very sweet.2. while custard is boiling, add banana peels to the pot for the last few minutes of the process: this will give an extra banana flavor and bump up the color a bit3. do not go overboard with the sugar in whipped cream since the rest of the recipe is very sweet already, so are bananas themselves4. if your dessert didn't set enough, refrigerate uncovered as this will help water evaporation"
"First, I made this EXACTLY per the instructions. I ended up with soup that was WAY TOO SWEET. So sweet that it gagged me. It is pretty clear that no one actually cooks these recipes and I will not be using this site again, let alone this recipe."
"This recipe was awesome! This was my first time making banana cream pie - and I was nervous after reading the reviews but it worked out perfectly! I only used 3/4 cup of sugar like many reviewers suggested and the sweetness is perfect.Also, I'm not sure why it says 2 'eggs' and not 2 'egg yolks' because custard is made with egg yolks. So I made that change as well. Perhaps that's why the recipe didn't work out for some people? Also, make sure that you are cooking the custard to the point where it's so thick that it's almost 'rolling' away from the sides of the saucepan. In the end, my custard was so thick after refrigerating it in the saucepan that I refrigerated the finished pie for maybe 2 hours, and the thickness was perfect after that - no need to refrigerate overnight.Good-luck everyone!"
"This was great!"
"This is a requested regular at holiday meals and my boyfriend prefers it over cake for his birthday. I've never had an issue with the custard, so as long as you are careful about constantly stirring the custard while it is cooking you should be fine. I use an electric hand mixer while it is on the stove to make the process easier. I also don't layer the custard with the bananas, I just put them on the bottom and dump all the custard on top."
"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. :)"
"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."
"I didnt expect it to taste so good but my whole family thought it was too thick and sugary and no one liked it."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"What makes this really special is, you put the bananas between the layers of filling and they don't get black.My husband loves this."
"Made these pies tonight for xmas and though it tasted amazing it never set ... soup. I followed recipe in detail too . Really bummed and irritated I wasted money on all the stuff"
"This is an excellent recipe. The problem most people will have is to have the patience to get it thick and bubbly."
"I was so excited for this recipe and it was a disaster. I followed the directions exactly and was left with a soupy mess that never thickened up. So disappointed."
"The flavor was excellent but my custard never set and I followed the recipe exactly as directed. Next time will add more cornstarch"
"I Made this for my club meeting, all the women wanted the recipe.Made copies for everyone. Needless to say it was enjoyed by all"
"I made everything exactly as the recipe directed. It tasted delicious but the custard never set and I ended up with banana cream soup. Clearly the ratios in the recipe are off"
"I made this pie last night and had a piece this morning. It is absolutely wonderful!"
"My husband and I are both lactose intolerant and so soy or almond milk was my choice and I should have only added 2 cups milk not 3 otherwise a good "from scratch" recipe for banana cream pie."
"This was my first time making a banana cream pie & it was amazing. My husband is picky about this type of pie & he loved it. I made very few minor changes... I did use whole milk since that's what we drink here. I used the same amount it calls for. I also added 1 tbsp of sugar to the whipping cream while whipping it. I didn't put the bananas in the middle because they brown too fast. I cut the bananas lengthwise, in half & lined the bottom of the pie crust cut side down. It helps to really slow the browning. I made the pie & let it set overnight in the fridge. It was thick & creamy & perfect. This is also a keeper recipe for me."
"I make individual pies with the little graham cracker crusts. When I make the pudding, I add coconut to some of them., bananas to some and the last part I add some sugar and cocoa to make chocolate to add to the other remaining crusts. Garnish with whipped cream with chocolate on top or coconut or banana to identify each one. then, If I have no one to share them with, I freeze them. DELISH!"
"I did use WHOLE milk instead of 2% milk and I did try the 3 cups! I did notice that themixture DID thicken and I did cook the filling for the prescribed amount of time! What I did do was refrigerate the filling in the saucepan, covered, both with plastic wrap and my pan lid for the 1/2 hour. I used whipped topping instead of whipping cream since I have the latter on hand for when I need whipped topping in a recipe! I used a packaged prepared 9" deep dish baked pie shell which I baked just 5 minutes at 450o F. I did place 1/2 of the custard filling in baked pie shell, sliced the bananas and arranged them on the filling and topped with the remaining filling. I then spread thawed remaining whipped topping over the custard filling. It LOOKED good but I knew to refrigerate overnight to allow the pie to be firm. The REAL test is when it is sliced and served! I sampled the pie after refrigerating overnight! It was delicious! IT WAS soft, but I used a serrated cake server to slice the pie!The recipe was simple to follow! Thank you, Jodi Grable, for sharing your recipe! I used it in a banana Recipe ingredient challenge for this week in Cook's Corner! delowenstein"
"In my experience, 2 eggs+1/4 c. cornstarch will thicken 2 c. milk. Cant imagine it could thicken 3 c, so I only used 2. Also, prefer meringue over whipped cream topping. . . .hate having leftover egg whites!!"
"Overall, the pie was amazing. It is extremely delicious and fairly easy to make. I ended up making the pie with my own crust at this link http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/pie-crust-recipe.html and a simple meringue on top. It turned out lovely but the consistency of my pie did not turn out as it looks in the photo... it is still firm and not too runny but as i see from the photo above the pie should slice without any filling falling... maybe the photo is off? I dont know but i do know that next time i make it i guess i will use a little less milk to keep it thick. Still overall great pie! didnt feel guilty at all eating it alone.... until i read the nutritional facts haha"
"This pie was wonderful. I loved that it didn't have all of those artificial ingredients found in instant pudding and cool whip. It was decadent, but delicious. The custard truly needs overnight to set up completely."
"I'm a a mildly experienced baker. Usually my creations a really good or extremely mediocre. Anyhow it is my darling boyfriend's birthday tommorrow and his favorite pie is, u'd guess'd it, Mom's Banana Cream pie! I was sorta nervous of screwing this up majorly, such as scalded the pudding or that the pudding wouldn't thicken but it is now cooling on my stove and it is Delicious and beauitful. I love vanilla, like A LOT, but my taste tester (Auntie Ruth) said that it has a tiny bit to much vanilla (I used a tsp, so mybe ya'll can try 1/2 tsp). Also, I used cream top whole milk to up to richness factor (of course and why not?, this is banana CREAM pie not Banana low fat pie, hehe) Anyhow, I can't wait to assemble it and see my sweetheart's face. I'll bet he'll eat the entire pie. This was so easy and I would definetly make again."
"Amazing! I'd never made a cream pie before, so I was a little nervous, but it turned out perfect! Made it for Easter, and everyone loved it! Will definitely be keeping this recipe for future use."
"Excellent! Will be adding to my favorites box. My husband doesn't really like the taste of bananas but he really enjoyed tasting this pie recipe as is! This recipe is a definite keeper!"
"I KNOW how to cook. I followed this recipe to the T!!! Turned out like soup. Fail!"
"This was amazing. We used a crushed up a hard coconut cookie mixed with butter and pressed to make our crust. YummmO"
"This is very similar to a recipe my Mom had for both banana and coconut cream pie. She always did her custard in a double boiler. The first time I made it I did not have the milk hot enough. Mom told me there should be little bubbles around the rim of the insert. Originally she always used whole milk and she always made a meringue top, never whipped cream. She'd top the meringue with a bit of coconut for the coconut cream one. It's still my very favourite pie. The Magnetawan Inn in Magnetawan, Ontario (about 15 minutes from where I currently live), which burned down a couple of years ago, also made this version with meringue. I got a handwritten copy of their recipe on a guest receipt from the original owner. I've never had a problem with my bananas going brown but then I wait till the custard cools down and slice the bananas just before adding the custard. Soooooooo much better than using any instant mix. I always ask when I'm ordering this in a restaurant if their pie is made from scratch - if it isn't, I don't order it."
"I agree this picture doesn't agree with the ingredients. Crust is graham not pastry."
"Can you people cook without a picture? This recipes is excellent! I don't care in what order the components are, or type of crust or whatever, if it tastes rotten, a pretty picture doesn't make it taste better! Try a little originality and imagination!"
"For the person asking about how to keep it the bananas from turning brown, if your filling is at room temperature, it will keep the bananas looking fresh. If you put the filling over the bananas when the filling is hot, it will turn the bananas brown. I haven't tried this recipe yet, but someone needs to take a look at the picture and put the correct recipe with the pie. Not only is this a graham cracker crust instead of a pastry, the filling is instant pudding with cool whip--not a from scratch custard. Still looks good, but not correct!"
"My mother-in-law (aka MOM) made a pie almost exactly like this..it was a keeper and a great recipe to hand down generation to generation. It is delicious just the way it is. You don't have to always need healthier versions on EVERYTHING. This is a treat! I mostly use Coconut instead of bananas as my husband likes coconut cream better, you can also use bananas and coconut. I do add a little instant vanilla pudding and vanilla to the whipped cream topping. Family members are always requesting this pie and the recipe. If I am just doing bananas I put a little filling in the bottom then bananas and the rest of the filling."
"To Ajaxmolly: I use to brush my bananas with lemon or orange juice, but that did change the flavor slightly. Lately I have found that by slicing the banana as thick as you can for the recipe and on the diagonal then placing them on the crust so that they are sliced side down saves the browning process from effecting the banana for a few days and keeps them firmer longer as well.To dixiehearts: REALLY??? Try Cooking Light magazine, those recipes will suite you better!I did not add my whipped cream until just before serving because I wanted the pure vanilla flavoring of the whipped cream not to be melded with the custard/banana flavor."
"What is the matter with you gals? Have you no eyes or imagination? For you that want to make it look like the picture: You take a cooked pie shell, fill it with half the filling, put your sliced bananas on top and then add the remaining filling. I use Cool Whip or Reddi-Whip and I put it on as I serve it. I keep the pie covered with plastic wrap unti ready to serve. I make sure I only make this pie when we are going to eat all of it at one time. I do not keep overnight."
"I haven't made this particular recipe yet, but intend to soon. Was wondering if anyone had tip on how to keep the bananas in it to keep from turning brown if it isn't eaten all the same day."
"WOULD LOVE IT IF YOU HAD LIGHT AND healthy VERSONS, WE COULD ALL TRYTO BE HEALTH RIGHT."
"I would really like the recipe that is pictured"
"Read this pies instructions along with the ingredients.....Does it look the same? The pie pictured isn't even the same one.....two different pies ..."
"very eassy very delicious prepratoin time is very shorj"
"very eassy very delicious prepratoin time is very shorj"
"This was my first experience with Banana Cream pie that was more than just pudding and i have to say my whole family absolutely loves it! It'll definitely be made again :)"
"Worth the effort, a true delight to prepare."
"This is the best Banana Cream pie I have ever tasted! It definetly is a 5 star!"
"This sounds yummy BUT,my Banana creme pie consists of:Grahmn cracker crustLg.pkg.Instant banana puddingadd: sliced banana's on topCover with Cool whipIs delicious & Very easy to slice. I put in freezer for an hour,then slice in to 5 pieces & put on small paper plates.Put in freezer bags & take out a couple hours before serving.I use a small short bowl to put a piece in for my husband. HE LOVES THIS pie!"