Sarah says it’s not her birthday unless she has a banana cream pie. Her dad was trying to devise ways to send her one to austin from the west coast. CLEARLY that was not going to work. Her favorite thing is banana cream pie with meringue topping instead of whipped cream topping.
i told her i would do my best…but since i never really use dairy, and i definitely never make custards and meringues, i couldn’t promise anything spectacular! i mean, obviously i can bake. and i can follow a recipe…but when you don’t even know what qualities to look for in a recipe, it can be kind of tricky. i think i picked a pretty good one though.
SO…here’s the recipe i used:
1 graham cracker crust:
maybe a stick and a half of butter, 1/3 c. sugar and 9-10 graham crackers?
play around with the proportions, i did! just make sure to melt the butter first and mix well with sugar before adding the grahams. then bake for 7-8 minutes to let it set. then cool.
banana cream pie filling:
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups milk
- 3 egg yolks — slightly beaten
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 ripe bananas, thinly sliced
Mix 1/3 cup sugar, flour, and salt in a saucepan; add milk gradually, stirring until smooth. Cook until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Mix a small portion of the hot mixture with egg yolks, return to saucepan and boil for 2 minutes more, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add vanilla and butter. Cool. Place (lots of!) bananas in bottom of cooled crust, pour the filling over the bananas, but dont overflow the pie pan!
Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy. Add the 1/3 cup sugar gradually. Continue beating egg whites until they hold a glossy peak.
Spoon meringue onto filling, sealing to the edge of crust. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes, or until nicely browned.
i ended up making two pies, because i knew if i only made one, sarah wouldn’t even get to eat any of it. so…one for her, and one for everyone else.
She called me (albeit a little on the drunk side) after the first bite to tell me how awesome it was (think 3am, bday night, post naked raygun show)!
my first banana cream pie. a total success.
phew! custards and meringues are SO weird. eggs and milk have some very interesting properties, i find.