Banana Cream Pie

When I first started baking and cooking, I focused most of my attention on making cupcakes. I intended on making the cupcakes for my wedding so I wanted to try to master a few recipes. As a result I have made a lot of cupcakes over the past few years. And while I do enjoy a cupcake now and then they aren’t my favorite. Without any hesitation, I would rather have pie.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved pie and I have requested pie instead of cake on my birthday more than once. So it seemed logical that the next thing on my baking to do list should be to master making pie.

As luck would have it, I stumbled upon this recipe for Banana Cream Pie. It quickly became my go to recipe because it only has a few ingredients, comes together fairly quickly, and is a big hit at family gatherings.

First combine the graham crackers and sugar in a bowl. Stir in the melted butter until evenly distributed. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a lightly greased 9 inch deep dish pie plate.

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Prepare pudding in a bowl by whisking the milk and pudding mix together. Refrigerate to set.

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In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together.

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Fold in half of the whipped topping and the banana pudding until the mixture is well combined.

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Arrange the banana slices in the graham cracker crust.

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Pour in half of the filling.

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Repeat with remaining bananas and filling.

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Put the remainder of the whipped topping into a piping bag with tip.

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Pipe whipped topping around the edges of the pie and in the center. Or if you prefer, spread the whipped topping evenly over the top of the pie.

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Refrigerate until set, about 1 to 2 hours. Serves 8.

Banana Cream Pie

Category: Dessert

Yield: 8

Banana Cream Pie

Ingredients

  • For the Crust
  • 1 3/4 cups of crushed graham cracker
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of butter, melted
  • For the Filling
  • 1 and 3/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant banana cream pudding mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 to 4 bananas, sliced

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the graham crackers and sugar. Stir in the melted butter until evenly distributed. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a lightly greased 9 inch deep dish pie plate.
  2. Prepare pudding in a bowl by whisking the milk and pudding mix together. Refrigerate to set.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together. Fold in 1/2 of the whipped topping and the banana pudding until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Arrange the banana slices in the graham cracker crust. Pour in half of the filling. Repeat with remaining bananas and filling.
  5. Put the remainder of the whipped topping into a piping bag with tip. Pipe whipped topping around the edges of the pie and in the center. Or if you prefer, spread the whipped topping evenly over the top of the pie.
  6. Refrigerate until set, about 1 to 2 hours. Serves 8.

Notes

Adapted from: Six Sisters Stuff

https://cooksmybooks.com/2018/09/16/banana-cream-pie/

Banana Bread

My little boy seriously loves fruit. I have to keep the fruit hidden at mealtimes until he is done eating other things otherwise he will only ask for fruit. Honestly, that is probably all he would eat if I let him. His favorites fruits to eat are strawberries and blueberries, or any other type of berry he can get his hands on. He never met a berry he didn’t like. I try to throw in other fruit, such as bananas, to mix things up, but he isn’t quite as enthusiastic about eating them. As a result, some of the bananas were looking a little sad and brown in the fruit bowl the other day. Since he was napping, I decided to make some banana bread.

I had never made banana bread before, so when I started making this recipe I was a little surprised with how many steps were involved. Looking at some other recipes after the fact, I realized this recipe is a little more complicated than other recipes. But it is definitely worth the effort because this banana bread turned out fantastic.

To get started, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

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Place peeled bananas in a microwave safe bowl, and then cover it with plastic wrap. Use a paring knife to cut a few vent holes in the plastic. Microwave the bananas for about 5 minutes, so they will get soft and release some liquid. Line a strainer with cheesecloth, and place it in a similar sized bowl. Pour the soft bananas into the strainer lined with cheesecloth. Let the bananas sit for about 15 minutes, stirring on occasion, until ½ to ¾ cup of liquid has drained.

Pour banana liquid into a small pan. Boil over medium heat, stirring consistently, for about 5 minutes or until it has reduced by about half. Make sure to watch it because it can bubble over easily.

Stir reduced banana liquid back into the bananas, mashing the bananas until there are no large chunks.

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Using a stand or hand mixer, combine the banana mixture with the butter, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.

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Add the flour mixture, and stir with a spatula until only some streaks of flour remain.

Add walnuts, if using. Mix until combined. I don’t like nuts in my baked goods, so I skipped this step.

Pour the banana bread batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the uncooked batter.

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Bake for 55 to 75 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes.

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Remove from pan and continue to cool on a wire rack.

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Banana Bread

Category: Bread

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Place peeled bananas in a microwave safe bowl, and then cover it with plastic wrap. Use a paring knife to cut a few vent holes in the plastic. Microwave the bananas for about 5 minutes, so they will get soft and release some liquid. Line a strainer with cheesecloth, and place it in a similar sized bowl. Pour the soft bananas into the strainer lined with cheesecloth. Let the bananas sit for about 15 minutes, stirring on occasion, until ½ to ¾ cup of liquid has drained.
  4. Pour banana liquid into a small pan. Boil over medium heat, stirring consistently, for about 5 minutes or until it has reduced by about half. Make sure to watch it because it can bubble over easily.
  5. Stir reduced banana liquid back into the bananas, mashing the bananas until there are no large chunks.
  6. Using a stand or hand mixer, combine the banana mixture with the butter, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.
  7. Add the flour mixture, and stir with a spatula until only some streaks of flour remain.
  8. Add walnuts, if using.
  9. Pour the banana bread batter into a greased loaf pan.
  10. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the uncooked batter.
  11. Bake for 55 to 75 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and continue to cool on a wire rack.

Notes

Recipe adapted from: Brown Eyed Baker

https://cooksmybooks.com/2018/03/05/banana-bread/