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Bananas Foster Cream Pie

bananas foster cream pie

So, you know that little voice in your head—the one that tells you to go ahead and have that second doughnut?  The one that tells you that a big ol caramel apple is basically a health food because of the apple component?  That voice was talking to me.  Big time.

I love dessert mashups.  And I love making new pie flavors.  Not that long ago I made a chocolate cream pie with a dulce de leche layer at the bottom.  It was crazy rich, like something out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. And rich is good.  I’m definitely on team rich dessert.

So I was sitting and contemplating the fate of bananas foster. What happened to it?  As far as desserts go, it’s pretty darn satisfying. And come on, it’s easy.  But it just doesn’t seem to be around much anymore. I guess maybe it’s fallen out of fashion.  You can’t blink without seeing something with the flavor of salted caramel, including ice cream.  But personally, I wouldn’t say no to a bananas foster ice cream.

So I decided to bring together two wonderful desserts: bananas foster and the oft loved banana cream pie.  I sort of felt like Dr Frankenstein while doing it.  And it just dawns on me that after the pie was assembled I didn’t laugh and scream “It’s alive!  It’s alive!!!!”  I kind of missed out on a great moment there.  Is it too late?  Just give me a second.  I’ll do it now.

😉

This pie is for that real banana lover in your life.  It’s also for the real rum lover.  Because, of course, what is bananas foster without rum?  And I love the flavor it gives to this pie.  I feel like I should start belting out “Midnight at the Oasis” while taking each bite…I’m a little weird that way. 😀

bananas foster cream pie

Now, in the instructions I mention reserving some of the sweet, sweet bananas foster sauce and instead of putting it all in the bottom of the pie shell (your pie shell might absorb it, but of course that’s your call), I tell you to save it to pour a little over the top of each slice as you serve it.  As you can see in the pictures, I didn’t do that. Why?  Because I ate it.  As Bugs Bunny would say, “That’s all, folks.”  I need to learn how to conserve my sauce. 😀

I couldn’t help it!  Like I said, that voice was talking to me.

Enjoy your trip to the land of pie!

(Bananas foster layer from a bananas foster recipe on babycenter blog)

(Custard layer and topping adapted from a banana cream pie recipe on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)

bananas foster cream pie

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Bananas Foster Cream Pie
 
Ingredients
  • For crust:
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp. melted unsalted butter
  • For bananas foster:
  • 3 ripe bananas, cut into slices
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. rum
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • For custard layer:
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ⅛ tbsp salt
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 5 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • For topping:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract or rum
Instructions
  1. To make the graham cracker crust, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a nine inch pie pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter until incorporated.
  3. Pat into the pie pan and bake for 10-12 minutes, until slightly brown. Set aside to cool.
  4. To make the bananas foster layer, in a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter.
  5. Add in the brown sugar, rum, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  6. When this starts to bubble, put the bananas in the pan and let them cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Take off the heat and let sit for about five minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly. Scoop out about a half cup of the sauce and store in the refrigerator in order to drizzle it over individual slices of the pie.
  8. Place the bananas foster into the pie shell and refrigerate while you are making the next layer.
  9. To make the custard layer, whisk the sugar, cornstarch, and salt together in a medium saucepan.
  10. Whisk in the heavy cream, egg yolks, and milk until smooth.
  11. Bring this to a simmer over medium low heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 8 minutes.
  12. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
  13. Let the custard cool for for five minutes, stirring often.
  14. Pour the custard over the bananas foster layer.
  15. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the custard and refrigerate the pie for at least three hours.
  16. To make the topping, mix heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla OR rum in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat until soft peaks form.
  17. Spread the whipped cream over the custard and serve each slice with reserved bananas foster sauce.
  18. This pie is best eaten within the first day or two.

 

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • annie@ciaochowbambina September 12, 2015, 2:10 pm

    mmmmm…I love a good banana cream pie!

    • Amanda September 12, 2015, 2:23 pm

      Thanks! I love banana cream pie too, especially with a big mug of some kind of nutty-flavored coffee.

  • Nagi@RecipeTinEats September 12, 2015, 5:54 pm

    I love dessert mash ups too! And this one looks FAB!! 🙂

    • Amanda September 12, 2015, 8:39 pm

      Thanks! It will satisfy your sweet tooth. 😀. Now if I could do a mashup of pie and chocolate cake.

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks September 13, 2015, 4:44 pm

    My Southern husband has both bananas foster and banana cream pie extremely high on his favorites list, so I can already say that this is his new favorite dessert before I even make it! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

    • Amanda September 13, 2015, 4:51 pm

      Thanks! I hope you like it. There’s just something so indulgent about bananas foster. It’s way up there on my list too. 😀

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen September 14, 2015, 5:21 am

    Mmmmm, this pie looks divine, Amanda. So delicious and gorgeous.

    • Amanda September 14, 2015, 7:25 am

      Thanks so much! Nothing tops pie in my book. 😉

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 14, 2015, 7:23 am

    So much deliciousness in one dessert! I love banana desserts – I don’t know why I don’t have them more often.

    • Amanda September 14, 2015, 7:27 am

      Yeah, the banana doesn’t get much attention, except for that healthy banana ice cream, which I like a lot too! 🙂

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel September 14, 2015, 9:07 am

    Mash ups are the BEST! I am actually not much of a regular pie lover but I am a big cream pie lover — this looks amazing!

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust September 14, 2015, 4:37 pm

    This is the pie of my heart! I’m in love with banana pie of any flavor. This is the perfect recipe!

    • Amanda September 14, 2015, 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much! Something about banana cream pie just seems to make people smile! 😀

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen September 14, 2015, 8:28 pm

    OMGosh Amanda, I can’t remember the last time that I had Boston Cream Pie, but you are certainly making me crave it now. It looks delish!

    • Amanda September 14, 2015, 8:55 pm

      Thanks! It’s one of those pies where it’s hard to stop at one slice. 😉

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