Banana Cream (birthday) Pie

My dad loves banana cream pie. In my family, whenever I’m home, my dad and I go do the weekly grocery shopping. And every time we pass the bakery section, my dad asks if we can get a banana cream pie… but I’m under strict orders from my mom not to let him get one.

However, it was his birthday, so I decided to make a homemade banana cream pie with a graham cracker crust topped with fresh whipped cream. Happy birthday dad!

The recipe for the pie and crust were both from

For the filling:
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 bananas, sliced

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cups white sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

For whipped cream (optional):
1 quart heavy cream
vanilla extract
confectioners’ sugar

To make the crust:
Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter or margarine, and cinnamon until well blended . Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie plate.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 7 minutes. Chill for about 1 hour.

To make the filling:
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, and salt. Add milk in gradually while stirring gently. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly. Keep stirring and cook for about 2 more minutes, and then remove from the burner.

Stir a small quantity of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks, and immediately add egg yolk mixture to the rest of the hot mixture. Cook for 2 more minutes; remember to keep stirring. Remove the mixture from the stove, and add butter and vanilla. Stir until the whole thing has a smooth consistency.

Slice 2 of the bananas into the pudding and mix well. Pour mixture into the cooled pie crust. Slice remaining bananas on top. Chill for at least an hour.

To make the whipped cream:
Pour heavy cream into a bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form (i.e., when you push it with the beaters it doesn’t collapse). Add vanilla extract and sugar to taste. Once pie is sufficiently cooled, top with whipped cream and serve.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. hwayueyi
    Jun 16, 2011 @ 07:28:50

    Haha the intro was too cute! I can just picture that sort of exchange between you and your parents. I miss yu! ❤


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