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Country Fair Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients & Directions

-Nut Crust
2 c Pecans
1 c Butter, softened
3 c Flour
1 Egg,beaten
1/2 c Sugar
-Chocolate Layer
1 c Chocolate chips
1 Stick unsalted butter
1 tb Light corn syrup
1 ts Vanilla
1 c Milk
4 Egg yolks
1 c Sugar
5 tb Flour
3 tb Unsalted butter
1 tb Rum or 1 tsp. vanilla
2 Bananas
-Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 c Heavy cream
-Chopped pecans,optional

For the crust: Chop pecans very fine,preferably in a food processor fitted
with a metal blade.Place in bowl with other crust ingredients and mix until
well blended.Divide in half and press into the bottom of 2 pie pans.Chill
30 minutes. Bake the pie crusts for 25 minutes @ 350 degrees.Cool

For chocolate layer: Melt chocolate with butter and corn syrup in the top
of a double boiler set over hot,not boiling water.Stir frequently. Remove
from heat and cool,then stir in vanilla.Divide between cooked pie crusts
and spread evenly.

For Filling: Heat milk in a medium size saucepan over medium heat to
scald.Beat the egg yolks and gradually add sugar.Then beat in flour.
Gradually stir in hot milk.Transfer to medium saucepan and cook,stirring
constantly over medium high heat(use a whisk).The mixture will lump as it
begins to thicken.Bring the mixture to a boil and boil 1 minute,stirring
constantly.Remove from the pan from heat and continue to stir until the
mixture is smooth.Then,beat in butter and optional rum.Cool to room
temperature. Peel the bananas,slice very thin and toss with lemon
juice.Whip 1 cup of the cream until it is firm but not stiff.Mix about 1/4
of the cream into the cooled egg mixture to lighten it,then fold the
remaining cream and bananas into egg mixture.Fill the pastry shells with
banana cream and smooth to even.Beat remaining cream until stiff. Spoon
around edge of the pies and sprinkle with chopped pecans,if desired.Makes 2

12 Servings

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