March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day! Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie |
It's March 14th, better known as 3.14, better known as Pi Day! To celebrate, try out this super simple diner-favorite: banana cream pie. It gets an upgrade with a chocolaty crust and you don't even need to turn on the oven. Happy Pi Day, nerds!

Banana Cream Pie
Recipe from Bon Appétit
Serves 8
Banana Cream Pie |
  • 2oz. bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • Prebaked 9-inch pie crust
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 bananas, sliced
    • Whipped topping:
    • 1 cup heavy cream, chilled
    • 2 tbsp sugar
    • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Put chocolate and oil in small saucepan, heat until melted, and pour over the prebaked pie crust, swirling to cover. Chill until set.
Banana Cream Pie |
Banana Cream Pie |
Banana Cream Pie |
Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan off heat until smooth
Banana Cream Pie |
Banana Cream Pie |
Turn on the heat and gradually whisk in the whole milk, whisking constantly until it reaches a full boil and the custard starts to come off the sides of the pan, about 3 minutes
Banana Cream Pie |
Banana Cream Pie |
Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Fold in the sliced bananas and let cool slightly
Banana Cream Pie |
Banana Cream Pie |
Pour the filling into the chilled prebaked pie crust, cover with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, at least 3 hours
banana cream pie filling
After the pie has chilled, beat the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until firm peaks are formed
Banana Cream Pie |
Spoon whipped cream over pie and decorate as you please
Banana Cream Pie |
Slice and serve and Happy Pi Day! 
What's your favorite pie and how are you celebrating Pi Day? Tell me in the comments!
Banana Cream Pie |

Banana Cream Pie |
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