Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Banana Cream Pie - Tuesdays with Dorie

piece of banana cream pie with bite on fork

Whew... the past few weeks have been kind of a whirlwind. My rugby season has started, I'm taking a studio lighting photography class, and I've been working on another project that I will tell you about soon! Anyway, I practiced some time management skills for this week's TWD and successfully baked up a Banana Cream Pie, the recipe chosen by our resident songbird, Amy of Sing For Your Supper :)

[banana cream pie recipe]

whole banana cream pie

I don't remember ever having banana cream pie before, but I'm glad I made this recipe -- it was really delicious! I really liked the cinnamon and nutmeg in the custard, and I think it added a level of sophistication to the pie.

sifting brown sugar

(Have you ever sifted brown sugar before?? Weird. I wonder if it actually made a difference!)

The main filling for this pie is a brown sugar custard with the aforementioned cinnamon and nutmeg, and I could really eat it all day. In fact, I think it would be amazing to churn it into ice cream with banana bits. Someone please do this and let me know how it is ;)

Making the custard:

eggs in pan

whisking eggs, sugarafter drizzling in the hot milk

butter about to be whisked infinished custard

My biggest challenge with this pie was the crust. I'd never really made a successful single-crust pie — the only other time I attempted it was for the Two-fer pie, and that was definitely not great-looking! (In that post, I blamed the shrinkage on the pie pan...HA!) My first attempt at the crust produced this:

bad pie crust

Totally shrunken and burnt. (After I removed the too-dark parts, it did still taste great, though!) So, I broke out my copy of Baking Illustrated to see what I'd done wrong. My crust looked exactly like the "unattractive crust" picture in there ;) Apparently there were a few cardinal sins broken during the first go-round, including letting the dough get too warm and not rolling it out to a large enough size (should be 4" wider than the pie pan).

My second attempt was a whole lot more successful, and I even got fancy with a crimped crust ;) It still shrank a little bit, but looked a whole lot more like pie crust than before.

pie crustpie crust

crimped pie crust

fully baked pie crust

Once the crust was cool, it was time to fill the crust with goodness. Take bananas:

ripe bananas

Cut into slices:

banana slices

Layer with custard (3 layers custard, 2 layers bananas):

banana layered with custard in pie shell

Then, when it looks like this:

pie crust filled

Top with a delicious whipped cream/sour cream mix, and serve immediately :)

pie in pan with slice cut out

Banana Cream Pie

For the Custard
2 cups (475 ml) whole milk
6 large egg yolks
107 g (1/2 cup packed) light brown sugar, pressed through a sieve
38 g (1/3 cup) cornstarch, sifted
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons (42 g) cold, unsalted butter, cut into bits
3 ripe but firm bananas
1 9-inch single pie crust, fully baked and cooled

For the Topping
1 cup (238 ml) cold heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sour cream

[recipe instructions on Amy's blog]

Nutrition Facts from NutritionData.com:
per 1/8th of recipe
[click to show or hide]

Yikes. All I can say is... cut it into smaller pieces :)

piece of pie with full pie in background

Thanks to Amy for this delicious pick! The recipe is on her blog: Sing For Your Supper. You can check out the rest of the delicious pies on the TWD blogroll!

half eaten piece of pie


chocolatechic said...

I would so love to be able to take a photography workshop.

There is nothing like that available around here.

Eliana said...

As with everything yoi make, your pie looks picture perfect.

Sabrina said...

Beautiful job! Looks amazing!

And those little plates with the birds! I LOVE THEM! Where did you get them?

kimberly salem said...

Thanks all! :)

@chocolatechic, it stinks that there are none in the area. but you could always try out something online, like the courses at http://www.photostylingworkshops.com :)

@sabrina, the plate is from anthropologie :) I don't think they have that one anymore, but they always have cute stuff. http://tinyurl.com/c9zy8p

Tracey said...

Your pictures are always so enviable! Congrats on your successful pie crust! Pie crust still scares me.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I have eyed that recipe several times and I think that I'm soon going to test it. Your pie looks wonderful and so delicious!



Teanna said...


The cake is still awesome, though. Sigh.

Amy said...

Gorgeous! I couldn't wait to get to your blog and see your awesome pictures for this awesome pie! Looking forward to that chocolate cream tart!! Thanks for baking with me this week!


Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

OMG this is a household favorite!! or should I say Hubby's favorite pie!! I will add the ingredients to my shopping list!!

Michelle said...

This was a good TWD pick for week, we loved it!

Your pie is perfection!

Cathy said...

Yeeeeeeeee-ikes! Okay, so those numbers really ARE even worse than I thought they'd be. Oh well; this pie is totally worth it! Yours looks beautiful! (I had pie crust shrinkage too, but I did not try it a second time.)

Sara said...

Great pics! good effort on your pie crust.

VeggieGirl said...



natalia said...

I want more !!!Please !!

Kim said...

Love your photos. The pie looks delicious.

Kara said...

Ok, really .. you said make ice cream with the custard and I started drooling. Holy moley. I'm gonna have to try that ... maybe with more cinnamon and stuff. Mmm. Now I want ice cream!

Heather said...

ACK! All of the yummy ingredients make for a hefty calorie count!! Beautiful pictures, and your 2nd crust looks great.

Katrina said...

Yikes on the nut. info. Makes me really glad I only made 1/2 a recipe and used 2% milk. It was still divine! Yours looks great. My crust shrunk, too. I used it anyway, it was still good.

Marthe said...

Your pie looks really yummy!

Kayte said...

Oh, that pie crust looks so wonderful with that red edge of the pie plate...gorgeous! Your inside looks just beautiful also...the photos make everything look so easy!

Rachel said...

Wow it seems like everyone had a crazy week this week--your photos are beautiful as usual though. And holy moly that is a lot of calories! But totally worth it in my opinion :)

vibi said...

Hey! Slow down... and have a piece of pie, will you!? Spring is a great time to recharge your battery... not empty it! At this rate we won't see you all summer! lol

Great pie, Kim... hopefully it contributed to giving you a little boost!

Linda said...

I knew I shouldn't have clicked on the nutritionals ---- argh!!! I love this pie...i also dig the spices in the pastry cream.

Beautiful work Kim!

Megan said...

I didn't even look at the calorie count. Ignorance is bliss and I am very happy!

carol peterman said...

I always refrigerate my crust (after I get it in the pan)for 30 minutes and then freeze it for 15 minutes before baking. I think it was Cook's Illustrated that I learned this from. The refrigeration period, if I remember correctly, helps prevent shrinking and the freezing improves flakiness by prolonging the fat from melting until the proteins in the flour have a chance to set. Your second crust looks beautiful despite a smidge of shrinking. I over baked my crust this time, but at least it didn't get to the burned stage.

Carla said...

Your pie looks wonderful! At least you attempted to make a pie crust, unlike me *ahem* Anyway, I knew this was fattening but didn't know THAT many calories. Oh well, I'm not the one who ate most of the pie haha

TeaLady said...

Great looking pie. You have some beautiful dishes. Mine shrank too, but not much. Your crust looks fine.

Mermaid Sweets said...

Wow, your photos are amazing and it looks soooo yummy - this truely makes me miss my dairy days.

Steph said...

I love your crimped crust! Last time I tried doing that, it looked more like.. well.. I actually can't describe what it looked like.. ahah. Your pictures are amazing!

Pamela said...

Smaller slices is right!! Decadent little pie, that's for sure. Looks very pretty!

Katie said...

Yuuuum. This post simply reinforces why I can't be a part of Tuesdays with Dorie - I'd seriously make this pie ... and then devour it in one sitting! It looks absolutely delicious!

Annette said...

Your pie is beautiful! I had some problems with my crust, but it still tasted good. :)

farah said...

Great job on this pie, it looks delicious!

Hanaa said...

Nice job on the pie! Love the step-by-step pictures!!!

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