Any Season Banana Cream Pie

This Banana Cream Pie is made with a crushed vanilla wafer crust, a delicious dessert served with whipped cream, for any season, or any party!

Banana Cream Pie

What makes a party memorable? I always say the people. And when I think of a banana cream pie now, I think of my Dad and his wife, Ginny!

Earlier this spring, we enjoyed a lovely meal together, and of course Ginny asked what she could bring. Knowing my kids were all home from college, and our family loves her desserts, I said, Banana Cream Pie!

Banana Cream Pie

I love it when a recipe stands out in your mind – as something tasty and good!

I also think that feelings go hand in hand with our thoughts about food. Food tastes good when you’re with someone you love, or enjoy being with.

Cooking for me is a labor of love, and something I really enjoy. I was reading the other day, an article of someone who was exhausted after hosting a dinner. Yup, been there. They are tiring, the big parties. But smaller dinners together with friends, I find a bit more enjoyable and rejuvenating.

It really depends on your personality, or if you’re an introvert or extrovert, and how much can handle, right?

Banana Cream Pie

For this pie, you’ve got to start with ripe bananas, a creamy vanilla custard, and then the secret is in the crust! Delicious vanilla wafer crumb crust. Mmm . . . so very delightful.

I’m always up for a crumb crust, because it’s a true time saver!

Banana Cream Pie

Whip the cream, spread it on top of the pie, and then let the guests dig in!

Well, let’s just say … there are not a whole lot of leftovers with Banana Cream Pie!

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Yield: 6-8

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes + 2 hours to set

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoon butter

 

Directions:

  1. Crush the vanilla wafers by placing in a heavy-duty plastic bag. Use a rolling pin to roll over the cookies to crush them. Measure until you get 2 cups of crumbs. You can also use a food processor. Add the sugar and melted butter; stir to combine.
  2. Press the mixture evenly into a buttered pie pan.
  3. Place the crust in the freezer to get hard while you make the filling.
  4. Place the dry ingredients (sugar, flour, cornstarch, salt) in a saucepan. Add the light cream and whisk together. Add the egg yolks and whisk.
  5. Heat over low heat, stirring regularly, until the mixture is thick and just begins to bubble. Add the butter and vanilla and stir. Let the mixture cool for fifteen minutes.
  6. Spread the banana slices evenly across the bottom of the chilled pie shell. Pour the filling over the banana slices. Chill for several hours. Garnish with additional whipped cream if desired.

More summer dessert recipes:

Lemonade Pie

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

And  my favorite … Fruit Pizza

Banana Cream Pie at ReluctantEntertainer.com

3 comments

  1. I did it last Sunday and it was delicious!
    Mi little baby kept asking for more pie…
    I will try your other recipes soon.
    Greetings from Argentina!

  2. Hi! I just have a quick question. This lists 3 bananas, mashed. Do the mashed bananas get mixed in somewhere? I know to layer banana slices in the bottom, but am wondering if the mashed bananas go somewhere else. Thanks!

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