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Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Make my easy banana pudding recipe from scratch! This simple pie is easy to make and full of fresh sliced bananas and homemade pudding.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana, pie
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 447kcal
Author Dorothy Kern
Cost $10

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust from scratch or from the store
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract divided
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter sliced
  • 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3-4 bananas ripe but not spotted

Instructions

Blind Bake the Pie Crust:

  • NOTE: this blind baking method in step 2 is for my all butter pie crust. If you are using a frozen or refrigerated crust from the store, follow the package directions to blind bake the crust.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place pie crust in 9-inch pie plate and chill until firm while oven preheats. Prick the bottom of the pie crust all over with the tines of a fork. Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pie crust and fill it with pie weights (or beans or similar item) and bake it for 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove the weights and parchment and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the crust is browned and cooked through. Let cool while preparing filling.

Make the pudding:

  • Whisk sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk in milk. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and bubbly (about 7-8 minutes).
  • Place beaten eggs in a medium bowl. Temper the eggs by whisking the eggs constantly while adding a bit of the hot custard mixture, then pour the egg mixture into the custard while whisking the pudding constantly.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until it boils (it will boil quickly) then cook, stirring constantly an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.
  • Strain the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any lumps or bits of egg that may have cooked. Cool to room temperature.

Make the whipped cream:

  • Make the whipped cream the same day you serve the pie. Beat heavy whipping cream with a hand or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on high speed, adding the powdered sugar and vanilla during mixing, until stiff peaks form.

Assemble the pie:

  • Slice bananas. Layer a single layer of banana slices on the bottom of your pie crust. Top with half the pudding, add more bananas, then the rest of the pudding. Chill until ready to serve, then top with whipped cream.
  • Store leftovers loosely covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 337mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 804IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 1mg