Banana Cream Pie in a Vanilla Wafer Crust
We especially love this pie in the summer time; we don?t
have to bake it. It goes together quickly and easily and is
so scrumptious?ripe bananas, a smooth vanilla custard, and
vanilla wafer crumb crust. Mmm . . . This deep-dish pie will
be a hit wherever you serve it. And with a crumb crust, you
didn?t have to toil away to make it. But don?t tell your
guests that. This is one of the relatively few recipes that
use egg yolks instead of whole eggs or egg whites. Save the
egg whites for meringue cookies or a lemon meringue pie or
your favorite angel food cake. You will need a nine-inch,
deep-dish pie pan. Since it is not baked, a glass or ceramic
pan will work just fine.
For the crust:
2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
1 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1. Crush the vanilla wafers. (See The Baker?s Note.) Place
the crushed wafers in a deep-dish pan.
2. Add the sugar. Stir to combine.
3. Add the melted butter and combine well.
4. Press the mixture into the buttered pie pan making
certain that the crust is evenly thick.
5. Place the crust in the freezer to get hard while you make
The Baker?s Note: This is how we crush cookies, vanilla,
wafers, and graham cracker. Place handful of crackers or
cookies in a heavy-duty plastic bag. Using a rolling pin,
roll over the cookies to crush them. When crushed, empty the
bag into a measuring cup and repeat the process until you
have the desired amount of crumbs.
For the filling:
Three small to medium-sized bananas
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoons salt
2 cups milk or light cream
4 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoon butter
1. Place the dry ingredients in a saucepan. Add the milk or
light cream and whisk together. Add the egg yolks and whisk
2. Heat over low heat, stirring regularly, until the mixture
is thick and just begins to bubble. Add the butter and
vanilla and stir.
3. Let the mixture cool for fifteen minutes. Spread the
banana slices evenly across the bottom of the pie shell.
Pour the filling over the banana slices. Chill for several
Baker?s note: To get the pie slices to release easily from
the pie pan, heat up a wet dish cloth in the microwave and
heat until hot. Fold the cloth into a nine-inch square and
place it on the counter. Place the pie on the hot cloth. In
a few minutes, the heat will soften the butter in the crumb
crust enough that slices will slide from the pan. Dennis
Weaver, The Prepared Pantry
Chris in NM