Sunday, January 23, 2011

Old Fashion Banana Cream Pie

So... today is National Pie Day. How great is that?! Pie is indeed wonderful. I'm glad we have a day to celebrate it!!
As a kid my mom would make whatever we wanted for our birthday treat. I always wanted banana cream pie, but being able to decorate cakes made me pick a cake every time... even though I'm not very fond of cake. But you can't attempt frosting roses on pie...

But when I did get lucky and my mom made Banana Cream Pie- this is the recipe she used. The jello pudding just can't compare.

Old Fashion Banana Cream Pie

1 cup unbleached flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Baked pie crust
1/3 cup oil
2-4 tablespoons cold water

Mix flour and salt, mix in oil until the flour is crumbly and in tiny balls. Sprinkle in water, mixing until you get one large ball of dough.
Wet the counter with water, lay on a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Set the ball of dough on and squish it slightly. Top with more wax paper or plastic wrap and roll with a rolling pin into a large circle. Lift off the top piece of wax paper, slid your hand under the bottom wax paper and flip onto a pie pan. Peel the wax paper off and press the dough into the pie pan. Fold the edges in or cut them off. Prick holes in the crust with a fork. Bake at 400˚ for 15 minutes.

Pour cream over the bananas in pie crust.
Cream Filling
2/3 cup organic sugar
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolk (save the whites)
1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
*2-4 bananas

Mix sugar, arrowroot powder and salt in a medium sauce pan. Mix in milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. When it comes to a boil, allow to boil for 1 minute while stirring. Remove from heat. Lightly mix eggs and then slowly add hot milk mixture to eggs- stirring eggs constantly. After you about about 1/3 of the mixture mixed into the eggs, pour the egg mixture into the saucepan. Return to heat. Bring to a second boil and again boil 1 minute while stirring. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Slice bananas and put into crust. Pour cream over the bananas in pie crust.

Drop meringue in spoonfuls around
the edge of your pie
3 egg whites
1/3 cup organic sugar

Whip egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks start to form. Gradually sprinkle in sugar while you continue mixing.

Once sugar in incorporated, drop meringue in spoonfuls around the edge of your pie- making sure that the meringue touches the crust of the pie. Fill in the middle and then using a spatula or spoon pull up points of meringue.
using a spatula or spoon pull up
points of meringue
Bake at 400˚ for 10 minutes.

Cool pie to room temperature or chill in the fridge.

1 comment:

Lindsay said...

This looks SO good! I'll have to remember to make this sometime. YUM!


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