Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie: Banana Cream Pie

This week's recipe comes from Amy of Sing for Your Supper, check it out for the recipe if you love cream pies! This used my favorite all time go-to crust from Dorie. I just used it on her fruit Galette too. Mmmm! I also believe this is my 300th blog post! Woo hoo! Let's eat pie!

Ok, so I like banana cream pie and haven't had it in forever, so I knew I wanted to make this. Dorie took hers up a notch by adding in some cinnamon and nutmeg to the cream. Different I thought, but went with what was written. To make the cream, you have to stir stir stir, but not too long because it may thicken and look curdled before it starts to boil! Ack! A lot of us TWDers had this issue, but we all whisked as fast as we could, and it came together nicely. Sieving the brown sugar was no fun either. I gave up after a couple of tablespoons worth.
Then you could chill it over an ice bath (as Dorie does) or keep it in the fridge until thick. I did the ice bath, and assembled my pie, before I lost my sunlight for a photo op. WELL, I seemed to have had a lot of cream, because my pie was full! When I went to cut a piece for a photo, it didn't quite make it to the plate. It was not set, so it glopped everywhere and then slid off my pie server! I still took a photo (for here). It tasted ok though, but I was not crazy about the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors or the brown color it turned. It reminded me of pumpkin pie! I thought it needed more chill time, so I waited until the next day to try again.

It had set a little better, but I'll admit it was not very photogenic for me. I even liked the flavors better in it the next day. Oh! and the whipped cream topping, is SO good! I loved the addition of sour cream to it! Overall, this was really good and the kids loved it! My little girl thought it was silly to be eating banana pie! Next time I think I'll leave out the spices though.

So, if you attempt to make this, just realize it does ask for a prebaked pie crust, and make the cream at least a day ahead so it's thickened. The day I made this, I was also making homemade pizza and ended up in the kitchen ALL day! I hadn't planned it taking me forever. lol
My first crust crimping!

my flop photo, needed more chill time and patience

but it was gooood!


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22 Lovely Comments:

chocolatechic said...

I struggled with the brown sugar...so after about a minute, I just dumped in into the pot.

I also had a solid mass. I stopped whisking for about 2 seconds, and bam! solid mass.

Teanna said...

That is so cute that your daughter that it was silly to eat a banana pie! That pie looks fantastic!

Tracey said...

Great photos - your pie looks wonderful! I also gave up on sieveing the brown sugar since it was nearly impossible. Glad you enjoyed the pie!

Helene said...

That must have been a long day in the kitchen but the result is fabulous. Looks delicious.

Amy said...

Love the pictures - you pie looks fantastic! Thanks for baking with me this week!


Pamela said...

Hey...beautiful crimping job on your pie crust! Picture perfect. I like the shot of the sugar through the sieve, too. I was too lazy to even try. Great job.

Heather said...

Love the flog photo! :) And your crust crimping looks perfect.

Kara said...

Oh beautiful pie crust. Mine shrunk - I knew it would, but I was still hoping for something prettier. :) I know a lot of people didn't like the sieving the brown sugar part, but I didn't have a problem with it. I think I might do it more often for recipes that call for brown sugar. I wonder if it would make a difference in texture or not.

Kara said...

Ack. I think Google ate my comment.

I love your pie crust - it's so pretty. Mine shrunk like crazy.

I didn't have a problem sieving the brown sugar, although it seems a lot of other people did. I kinda liked the effect of it and might try it with other recipes.

Leslie said...

I am celebrating my 25th anniversary but I had to stop in to say WOW, YOU did it AGAIN!!! YUM!!! You are amazing and I LOVE YOUR FOOD!!!

vibi said...

Well, that's an amazing first crust crimping, darlin'! WOW! ...you sure you couldn't have been Betty Crocker's great-grand-mother in a past life? LOL LOL Beautiful Rachelle!

karen said...

nice crust crimp. i'm jealous of your natural skills. :) and congrats on your 300th post. for some reason, i absolutely love that brown sugar through the sieve pic.

Cristine said...

Even if it flopped off the spatula, it still looks so yummy!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Your "flop" photo is priceless. Obviously the custard firmed up nicely the next day, because the slice of pie at the top of your post looks perfect!

Anonymous said...

I think I would have liked it better without the spices, too. I could never get a piece out without the crust breaking, so I just took a photo of the cut pie in the pan!

Phoo-D said...

Mr. B loves banana cream pies and I've never made him one (bad wife!). I will have to give this recipe a go.

Darron said...

Waiting certainly is the hardest part (especially when you've just baked something)!

I always seem to add just one more thing to my day's cooking schedule and end up in the kitchen all day...as long as the results are delicious it's always worth it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you had success with that wheat bread recipe. I've been making a different recipe lately that I actually like better, but I haven't blogged it yet. Look out for it in the future.

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