Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays: Banana Cream Pie for Dad

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
I am back from vacation and instead of enjoying beautiful Lake Michigan views like the photo below, I am back to work looking at piles of work on my desk.  Vacations are never long enough, are they?
I didn't do any cooking on vacation last week, but on Father's Day I made my Dad one of his favorites: Banana Cream Pie.  I have been making this pie since I was a teenager, first from my Mom's trusty Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, and now from my own copy.
{ I searched for a link to the recipe online but I could not find it }
Ingredients for pie filling:
- 3 medium bananas, sliced
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2-1/2 cups half-and-half, light cream or milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Ingredients for graham cracker crust:
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1-1/4 cup crushed graham crackers (about 18)
Ingredients for meringue:
.- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 6 tablespoons sugar
1.  Prepare graham cracker crust:  melt butter; stir in sugar.  Add crushed crackers; toss to mix well.  Spread evenly into 9" pie plate.  Press onto bottom and sides to form an even crust.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes or until edge is slightly brown.
2.  Separate egg yolks from whites; set aside 3 of whites for meringue.
3.  For filling, in a medium saucepan combine sugar and cornstarch.  Gradually stir in half-and-half.  Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly; reduce heat.  Cook two minutes more.  Remove from heat.  Slightly beat egg yolks with a fork.  Gradually stir in about 1 cup of the hot filling into the yolks.
4.  Add egg mixture to the filling in saucepan.  Bring to a gentle boil; reduce heat.  Cook and stir for two minutes more.  Remove from heat.  Stir in vanilla and butter.  Cover filling and set aside.
5.  Slice bananas and arrange over bottom of pie crust.
6.  Prepare meringue:  Egg whites should have sat out at room temperature for 30 minutes before using for meringue.  In a large mixing bowl combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tartar.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until soft peaks form (tips will curl).  Gradually add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed about 4 minutes more or until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks (tips will stand straight up; test with a fork).
7.  Pour filling into pie plate over bananas.
8.  Spread meringue over filling.  Make sure to seal edges of meringue to pie plate.  Bake in a 325 degree oven for 30 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.  Chill 3 to 6 hours before serving.
What did you cook this week?
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Bev said...

Oh that banana cream pie looks delicious. I love real southern banana pudding with the meringue so I am going to give this one a try.

Jen said...

Hi! Totally impressive. I tink I will at least buy the graham cracker crust!
Looks beautiful and so delicious!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Oh, my! OH, my! This looks absolutely divine!!!

Aimee said...

Thanks for hosting. Banana cream pie is one of my favorites, but I have never made it. YOu make it look easy, thanks for sharing your recipe,

Liz said...

Alissa, that pie looks amazing.Thank you for hosting Tasty Tuesdays. I have linked up chicken tortilla Lasagna . Have a great week.


Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Uh oh, another pie recipe!! I've already made the Key Lime pie twice. :) In fact, I made it for my father-in-law for Father's Day and he loved it!! This pie looks amazing as well! Sounds like you had a great time on your trip. Can't wait to see more pics!

Lisa @ Flour Me With Love said...

My husband just mentioned banana cream pie! I've never made one, but I think I will now looking at yours :)

Kim said...

WOW! That looks so yummy! Think I'll do that one soon for my family. :) Thanks for hosting!

lisaroyhandbags said...

seriously - this looks amazing! gorgeous and delicious! :)

SnoWhite said...

I don't know which looks better -- Lake Michigan in June, or that pie :) I love MI... and miss not living there. Glad you enjoyed your time at the Lake.

Tina (PinayInTexas) said...

Yummy banana cream pie...my favorite!!!
I'm sharing my deep fried stuffed peppers and homemade avocado ice cream!
Have a great Tuesday!

Jacky said...

Oh that pie looks delicious. The beach doesn't look to bad either. There is nothing like relaxing on Lake Michigan!

natasha {schue love} said...

Banana Cream Pie is my dad's FAVORITE! This looks so so good! Might need to make it just for me! :)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I have nothing to add to the hop but I just had to tell you how yummy that pie looks! I've never made my own but I may just try it. :)

Brandi said...

hi Alissa, your pie looks delicious. Lake Michigan looks amazing as well! Thank you for hosting!

Bizzy said...

Sorry, I duplicated a recipe. You might want to delete the second brownie.

Carol@easytobeglutenfree said...

Yum! I love banana cream pie.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Looks delicious!

Sarah Knight said...

That looks delicious.
It's my birthday - the most ambitious thing happening in our kitchen this week is a layer cake - cherry chip w/ cherry frosting
: )

Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) said...

Your pie is gorgeous! I have been thinking about a Banana Cream Pie for a while now- it is something I have not converted to gluten and dairy free yet.
I shared my recipe for Pork With Cherry Preserves and Mustard. It is the first of a 2 part post for an incredible salad: Arugula Salad With Pork And Fresh Cherries. I will be posting the salad recipe later today.
Thanks for hosting!

Belinda @zomppa said...

What gorgeous photos - looks like a wonderful vacation - and that pie!

Sue said...
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Sue said...

No wonder it's your dad's favorite! (I need to get better at checking my comment before I push the "post comment" button!)

jennifer blair said...

Wow. This looks so delish. I better be careful not to drool on my keyboard!

Denise said...

Wow that pie looks awesome, thanks for hosting !!!

Marguerite said...

That pie is so luscious and looks fab! Will definitely be trying it! And your vacation pic is gorgeous! Thanks for hosting!

ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

This pie looks so good! Would you come over to my link party tomorrow and share your recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday? http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com
I hope to see you there!

Mindy said...

I LOVE banana cream pie! It has to be one of my faves! Your pictures are making me drool! :p

barbara@hodge:podge said...

This is one my to bake list! I made my husband BBQ ribs and baked beans while my daughter baked his favourite chocolate cake with whipped cream and strawberries!

Mary said...

This pie looks amazing! I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks so much for hosting such a fabulous link-up. I always get such great ideas! Have a great week.

Meg {henninglove} said...

this pie looks great, maybe i will buy bananas for my husband i will have to buy a few extras for this wonderful pie!

Amanda Nguyen said...

mmm....looks so delectable.
gonna try this out for my next dessert dish :)


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