You see, I simply can’t resist crispy pies with a fruity, sweet filling, and Banana Cream Pie is the bane and the boon of my existence. My friends and family love them as well, and the only reason for them to stop me from baking a batch every week is how it gets them weak on the knees.
- 1 What is Cream Pie?
- 2 Ingredients for Banana Cream Pie
- 3 How to Make Banana Cream Pie?
- 4 Advanced Tips for Banana Cream Pie
- 5 FAQs about Cream Pie
- 6 More Dessert Recipes for You
- 7 The Best Banana Cream Pie Recipe
What is Cream Pie?
It is a pity that many people mostly associate ‘cream pie’ with NSFW or comedic things when there is so much more to this delicious treat. What differentiates it from the classic pie is the creamy base with additional flavors.
Our banana cream pie, as inherited from its genre, is one-crust, which means you only have the crust as the base, the top is left open with fillings. American folks love Graham cracker and cookie crusts for their homemade pies.
The origin of cream pies
Many people believe this treat has a German – American origin, even though the evidence is not yet clear. I think the backup information they have for that theory is the oldest cream pies – lemon meringue and plain sugar – which were developed in Pennsylvania around the 1800s. (1)
Most variations of cream pies require eggs and milk, hence they easily become a favorite amongst the mid-west farmers. To them, chocolate and fruits were the best flavors for the humble pies, but the greatest thing about Cream Pie is the variety of sweet fillings to satisfy our craving for sweetness. I have tried peanut butter, coconut, strawberry, and vanilla flavors, and I might make more videos of them in the near future!
Popular Variations of Cream Pie
- Chocolate Cream Pie is one of the most loved variations due to the bitter yet sweet and smooth filling that makes them similar to Tarte au Chocolat – a famous French dish.
- Lemon Meringue Pie begins its journey from Philadelphia in the 19th century, for there was a stable supply of foods from all over the world. It’s a combo for lemon custard and tart lovers.
- Key Lime Pie becomes a bomb because of its sweet yet tangy flavor, and you can find it everywhere in New York City.
- Banana Cream Pie tops the list for people who love fruits. Banana has that smooth texture that combines so well with the filling cream, plus it’s available throughout the year.
Ingredients for Banana Cream Pie
Pie Crust Ingredients
- Flour: As usual, all-purpose flour should be your go-to choice unless the recipe states otherwise. I also prefer unbleached and enriched flour for fewer chemicals and more nutrients.
- Butter: Aside from unsalted, your butter should be very cold, frozen even. The chilled fat gives the dough fakes, so your crust will lack flakiness if the butter melts before you start baking. The steam from the fat when melting is what cracks the crust into many layers.
- Liquids (water & vodka): Always follow the direction when it comes to the liquid ingredients. Excess wetness requires more flour and ends up stiff, while the dry dough is a challenge when you knead and roll it out. Furthermore, vodka adds moisture and a nice fragrance to the mixture.
- Flavorings (sugar & salt): What else do I need to say? It’s not food without these seasonings.
Pie Filling Ingredients
- Cornstarch & Egg: They thicken the filling so it can accumulate and stand in the shallow of the pies.
- Milk: We need a base for our cream, and whole milk is a much better choice than plain water.
- Sugar, Butter & Vanilla extract: Your cream needs them for the rich flavors.
- Banana: Simply choose a ripe banana and cut it into slices or dices!
How to Make Banana Cream Pie?
Don’t let the pictures of these tiny buddies intimidate you! For sure, we will need to be meticulous during all steps for the best outcome, but it should be relaxing rather than stressful!
- Mix the basic ingredients for pie crust: flour, salt, butter, vodka, and water.
- Lay the dough on a floured surface and knead it using your hands. Fold it into a ball and wrap it in cling film. Leave the dough in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Flatten the dough ball with a rolling pin and divide it in half with a cutter.
- Brush and flour the molds with oil before pressing the dough sheet into them and trimming the edge neatly.
- Bake the tiny pies at 180oC for 25 minutes.
- Mix sugar and cornstarch with fresh milk before whisking the substance with an egg.
- Cook the mixture on low heat until it becomes a thick paste. Add butter and vanilla extract for stronger flavor and scent.
- Cut a ripe banana into as many slices as the number of pies you plan to make.
- Fill the shallow of the tiny banana cream pie with cream, place a banana slice, and top it with another layer of cream.
- Decorate the pies with your favorite patterns using the whipped cream.
Advanced Tips for Banana Cream Pie
Nothing is more satisfying than successfully making a crispy pie, but getting a soggy crust after trying so hard is an extreme let-down! And thus there are several tips for a perfectly flaky pie crust I want to share with you!
- Keep your ingredients cold, even the flour, if you are having a hot day. Your cream filling should be ready for use when the dough is out of the refrigerator.
- Always preheat the oven so the dough will have enough heat to start baking immediately and thoroughly.
- Blind bake the crust if you have a wet filling (thank God, it’s not the case with our homemade banana cream pie).
Although you have succeeded with the crust, the pies will still not meet expectations if you have a runny filling. What to do?
- Add one ingredient at a time. Don’t dump everything into your saucepan at once.
- Give the cream some time to chill and set before you spread it over the pies.
FAQs about Cream Pie
Can I make pie crust ahead?
Definitely! Instead of chilling the dough, you can store it in an airtight container and freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight before you use it for your banana cream pie.
How do I store my banana cream pie?
Baked pies will stay up to 3 days in your refrigerator with an airtight container. You can also free them for longer preservation. The low temperature is not a problem because cream pies taste better if you chill them 3 or 4 hours before serving.
How can I ripen my bananas?
So, you want to try this banana cream pie recipe but the bananas are nowhere near edible yet? Leave the peel on and warm the fruit for 15 minutes at 250oC. We can’t have a delicious banana with this method, but it will be sweetened and softened enough.
More Dessert Recipes for You
- Shortbread Cookies with 3 Ingredients
- Homemade Custard Cake
- Homemade Apple Pie
- Swiss Roll
- Orange Drizzle Cake
Let’s watch the instruction video for a better understanding of the steps before you start making your banana cream pie!Print
The Best Banana Cream Pie Recipe
A slice of ripe banana sandwiched between two layers of sweet, buttery cream on top of crispy pie crust – how can anyone not like it?
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking & Cooking
The pie crust:
- 100g flour (all-purpose, enriched)
- 20g sugar (granulated)
- A pinch of salt
- 5ml water (cold)
- 10ml vodka
- 70g butter (unsalted, cold)
- 70g sugar (granulated)
- 10g cornstarch
- 200ml milk (unsweetened)
- 1 egg
- 15g butter (unsalted)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 banana (ripe)
- Cling film or plastic wrap
- Tart molds (12 for my batch)
- Vegetable oil and flour (to brush the molds)
- Whipped cream (optional colors and flavors)
Step 1: Make the pie crust
- In a large mixing bowl, toss the flour with sugar and salt for the flavor before moistening them with cold water and vodka.
- Add the cold butter and use your spoon with force to crush the fats until they form a coarse meal with the dry ingredients. There will be visible, large even, pieces of butter, but you shouldn’t worry about them.
- Flour your work surface and your hands so you can knead the dough more easily. Pull and fold the batter to incorporate the fats into the flour mix. It shouldn’t feel sticky.
- Wrap the dough tightly in cling film and let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Step 2: Prepare the filling
- Blend sugar and cornstarch with fresh milk, whisking the mix with an egg, and stirring gently to dissolve parts of the dry components.
- Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook it on low heat until it forms a thick paste, then flavor it with butter and vanilla extract. Don’t stop stirring at a consistent pace or you will get lumps in your filling.
- Fill your piping bags with this cream and your favorite whipped cream flavors.
Step 3: Bake & Decorate
- Brush the molds with cooking oil and flour them to prevent sticking.
- Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out with a rolling pin. The tip for an even thickness is to be gentle and start from the center to other directions.
- Divide the doughy sheet in half for convenience and press it into a mold. Trim the edge neatly and repeat with the rest of the molds.
- Bake the pies in 25 minutes at 180oC.
- Squeeze the egg cream into the pie, place a slice of banana, and top it with another layer of cream before drawing patterns with your whipped cream.
Prick the center of the dough to expose the bottom and allow some air in.
I have a feeling almond extract will be an amazing twist for these banana pies, you can trust me and try it!
Prepare a mixture with 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and let the banana slices rest in it for 10 seconds. It stops the banana from browning, but it also leaves a slight lemon scent, so it’s up to you!
- Serving Size: Pies
- Calories: 140kcal
- Sugar: 9.6g
- Sodium: 25mg
- Fat: 6.9g
- Saturated Fat: 4.2g
- Carbohydrates: 17.7g
- Fiber: 0.5g
- Protein: 2g
- Cholesterol: 29mg
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I’m head over heels for this banana cream pie recipe, and it’s my default choice if I need to plan a tea party or an elegant dessert. We all deserve to savor a buttery crust and a flavored cream after tough hours at work! If you want more recipes made from scratches in less than an hour, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel!