Sunday, March 2, 2008

Banana Cream Pie

This is my grandma's recipe. It is a from-scratch french custard, and it is my favorite pie ever. But it is so easy because you make it in the microwave!

Crust: either make a regular baked pie crust, or make/purchase a graham cracker pie crust.

French Custard:

1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. flour (rounded)
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix together dry ingredients. Add milk and mix with whisk. Cover with waxed paper. Microwave 4-5 minutes until boiling, stopping every minute to stir it. Slightly beat the egg yolk. Add about 1/2 cup of microwaved mixture to egg yolk and mix, then add that mixture back to the bowl. Microwave one more minute. Then add vanilla. Stir. Cover with a new piece of waxed paper, pushing the wax paper down to touch the top of the custard (this will make it so the custard doesn't get a crusty top). Refrigerate for about 4 hours.

To make banana cream pie: Cut banana slices into the bottom of the crust. Fill pie with custard. Top with Cool Whip if desired.

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