Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Banana Cream....It's a Dream

Last week when I made the chicken stock, I also baked a pie. I had told Dude I could make him a Lemon Meringue since I had everything on hand, but he shook his head. Maybe you could make a banana cream? I haven't had that in forever. I searched through cookbooks and found one that was not based on Jello. I figured I might as well go all out.

This comes from Diner Desserts, the same book my Lemon Meringue pie comes from. It wasn't hard, but there were a few steps involved, but I had nothing going on at 2 in the morning.

Banana Cream Pie

1 pie crust

4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
3 TBSP cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
2-1/2 cups whole milk (I used 1%)
2 TBSP unsalted butter, cut in TBSP's
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas, medium sized
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1-3/4 cups whipping cream
3 TBSP powdered sugar
1/2 vanilla extract
3 TBSP English toffee bits

Line your pie plate with pie crust and blind bake your crust for about 10-15 minutes until it is golden brown. Let cool on wire rack. For banana filling, in a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt until well combined; set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a gentle boil over medium-low heat. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk about 1/2 cup of hot milk into the egg mixture, then return the yolk mixture to saucepan with milk in it. Do this to temper the eggs so they won't scramble. Place pan over medium-high heat and bring to a gentle boil, whisking constantly. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in butter pats until melted. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Quickly strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. This will catch all the little pieces that didn't blend in completely and makes a smooth custard. Half-fill a large bowl with ice cubes and add cold water to cover ice cubes. Place the smaller bowl of custard in the ice 'bath' and allow to cool, stirring occasionally, for several minutes. Peel the bananas and slice them 1/4 inch thick into a bowl. Add the lemon juice and toss gently to cover all the slices. Arrange the banana slices in an even layer over the bottom of the pie crust, pressing them into the crust slightly. Scrape the custard filling over the banana pieces and smooth the top with an off-set spatula or the back of a large spoon. Refrigerate the pie for at least 3 hours before garnishing.

For topping, in an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the cream on medium-low speed for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium-high and add the sugar and vanilla. Beat until the cream forms soft peaks. Scrape the cream into a pastry bag fitted with the star tip. Pipe cream over the custard in large rosettes, covering it completely. Sprinkle with the toffee bits.

As you can see in my photo, I didn't do the whipped cream garnish as I was taking it to work that night. I brought a can of the spray stuff so those that wanted cream could have it and those who didn't could pass. Plus I knew the topping would be weepy by the time they ate it 16 hours later. Dude said it was fantastic and wants it to be marked a keeper. The next time I do it, I will make it for dessert for a get together with friends and use the topping.
Unfortunately my brother's Dad did pass away this weekend. His wake was tonight and his funeral is tomorrow. I didn't do the wake, but will be driving up to the Cities tomorrow morning for the funeral. I realized yesterday that I had finished cleaning out my work closet and didn't have any dress pants left that were not capri's and didn't think a dress was an option. I decided to visit Marshall's as I have never shopped there before. Let me tell you, I had a blast! I have lost about 22 pounds since I started working in a factory so was able to shop in the misses department for the first time in a long time. You girls know how happy that makes us! I went for pants. Came home with black dress pants, yoga pants for our trip to be comfy on the plane, a darling pair of black almost-patent leather peep-toe pumps, a blouse, a cow-inspired print spring dress coat, a new exercise outfit, sunglasses, some fun elbow length rubber gloves, a microplane for cheese/chocolate, some candles, a body scrub and some good smelling kitchen soap. Dude looked at me and said "Um, I thought pants were on the list. This looks like more than pants". Then I whipped out the reusable shopping bag I bought for him-in a giraffe print! I redeemed myself!

Have a good weekend and Happy Valentines Day! We work, but we are getting our winter dinner catered in on Friday night. It is a pasta bar with meatballs, chicken and another type of protein that I can't remember. Guess I can sleep in Friday since I don't have to get up and make us lunch to pack up!


Debbie said...

That pie looks delicious and Marshall's is one of my favorite stores. They have such great bargains! Have a safe trip.

Bob said...

Mmmm, cream pie. Looks great!

Sorry about your loss.

Pam said...

Yum! Looks divine! I like the unique touch of the toffee bits!

buffalodick said...

One of my favorites! I crave it now...

grace said...

authentic, made-from-scratch banana cream pie is a treat that very few desserts can top. my stars, the texture of your fluffy filling looks magnificent!

Pam said...

This is one of my very favorite pie flavors - yours looks pretty and delicious.

The Duchess of Wessex said...

WOW! Your pie looks amazing!

I am sorry for your loss - starting the new year with a funeral is truly awful!

Best wishes to you!

noble pig said...

Sorry for your loss, friend. The pie has got me thinking banana dreams!

Sook said...

Oh this pie looks absolutely amazing! I love banana cream pie but never attempted to make it at home. Thanks for this recipe.

Monica H said...

Sounds like you got what you were looking for and them some. How fun! You deserve it and now I want to go to Marshalls :-)

Yummy pie. Looks so comforting.

So sorry to hear about your brothers loss.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never had a banana cream pie. I must remedy that.

Congrats on the shopping trip and weight loss! How fun to find great new clothes!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Two in the morning!!! Woman you are something else.

Dude definitely had the right idea when eh asked for this pie! This pie is definitely up my alley but then so is the Lemon Meringue!

Jenny said...

Great lookin pie! Now I have a craving. Thanks a lot.

Cheryl said...

Wow you go girl, that looks almost too complicated for me, but it is my hubbys favorite pie, I might have to give it a whirl

HoneyB said...

Banana Cream is my daddy's favorite! Your pie looks yummy! I prefer mine bare naked too so I really am loving the looks of yours!