Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Banana Cream Pie

Plan ahead to make this pie, as it requires a good deal of cooling time between steps.

You'll Need:

Baked 9 inch Pie Crust

2/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 1/2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon flour
3 cups milk
3 egg yolks (slightly beaten)
3 Bananas
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

3 Cups whipped Cream

In a heavy saucepan that distributes heat well (or use a trivet if you have one) mix the sugar, salt, cornstarch and flour-gradually adding milk. Cook over moderate heat until mixture thickens and boils. Allow to boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Slowly stir half of the mixture into the egg yolks. Then blend it back into the hot mixture in the pan. Boil for another minute-stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Blend in the butter and vanilla.

In a cooled, baked pie crust, cut bananas into a layer about 1/2 inch deep. Pour mixture over and let cool. Then chill thoroughly for at least two hours, before topping with whipped cream and coconut flakes.

To Whip Cream:
Beat 3 cups whipping cream with 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.