What do you do with 4 completely overripe, disgustingly brown bananas?
My first thought is always banana bread, but banana bread is so boring. Plus, nobody can make banana bread like my mom. I remember the first semester of my freshman year of college, my mom would make banana bread for me when I came home. I would wait in anticipation while the smell wafted from the kitchen and ask, a million times of course, "Is it done yet??" When it finally was, it was well-worth the wait.
But since I wasn't up to the challenge of topping my mom's banana bread, I settled for making banana cream pie. In my house, we've always used the box mix pudding to make cream pies, but I wanted to do it all from scratch. I searched for recipes, but all of the banana cream pies used vanilla pudding for theirs and I wanted banana pudding, so I adapted. It turned out really well! I added extra vanilla to my whipped cream to contrast the strong banana flavor in the pie and it tasted great. I really loved the 'piece-y' texture of the pudding and the sweetness of the pie was complimented well by the semi-salty crust. If you can't tell, I really liked it. You will, too!
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What food does your mom or someone close to you make that can't be beat?
Double Banana Cream Pie from Scratch
adapted from: Food.com
- 1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, flour, and salt; stir in milk and mix well.
- 2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil; boil for 2 minutes.
- 3. Remove from the heat.
- 4. Stir a small amount of cream mixture into egg yolks; return all to saucepan.
- 5. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly; remove from the heat.
- 6. Add butter and vanilla; mix well; allow to cool slightly.7. Beat the two overripe bananas into the pudding mixture until texture is fairly smooth.
- 8.. Slice the remaining 2 ripe bananas and place evenly in pastry shell; pour cream mixture over bananas.
- 9. Cool; before serving, garnish with whipped cream.10. Refrigerate any leftovers.