Banana Cream Pie is probably my favorite pie of all time. Not the cloyingly sweet, straight from the big tub of fake pudding, with little pathetic slices of banana you get at an all night diner… But rather a big ol’ slice of pie from scratch stuffed to the gills with banana and fresh whip… ooooh, dawgie! Today I’m sharing one of my babies… Loaded Banana Cream Pie.
The reason Thomas (above) finds this pie so special is because Thomas loves food, Thomas thinks he is starving and Thomas eats everything. Sophie’s lucky to get her head in the bowl half the time! I find myself saying things to these cats my mom used to say to us kids, “You can’t possibly be hungry, I just fed you,” “Let your sister have some!” or “You’re not hungry, you’re just bored.” Little Tilla (below), on the other hand, loves mommy’s pie because of the walnut crust, the rum cinnamon nutmeg filling and the bourbon whipped cream. Such a sophisticated palate, our little Sophie! 😉
The first thing you’re going to do is make your pie crust. Here is a painfully hideous, poorly produced little video I did to describe how I make my walnut crust using my cuisinart and how I roll it out.
Once the pie crust is rolled out, I freeze it for at least an hour (usually overnight) and then par bake it for about 40-50 minutes. I usually make my pastry cream and ganache the day before. To assemble, I put a schmear of chocolate ganache on the bottom. Susina, a bakery where I used to work did this. Not only is it super delicious but it seals the bottom crust so it doesn’t get soggy after adding the pastry cream.
Then I do a thin layer of bananas right on top of that ganache.
Then a layer of pastry cream on top of the bananas until they’re just barely covered.
Another layer of sliced bananas. Then cream. Rinse. Repeat. Until you reach the very top! NINE BANANAS WORTH PEOPLE! Granted, I have a pretty thick pie plate so maybe seven bananas for the non-insane. *Megan in Bridesmaids* “I took nine…
Then you whip your heavy whipping cream, add a little powdered sugar and some bourbon. Spread that onto your mound of banana pastry cream, top with chocolate shavings and BOOM… MandiCrocker’s Loaded Banana Cream Pie. Try it out!! You can do it and you won’t even be a little sorry! 🙂
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Oh, look… one more just for me. 🙂
Totally Loaded Banana Cream Pie
A walnut crust, smeared with chocolate and stuffed to the gills with banana pastry cream and topped with a bourbon whip!