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Banana Pudding Pie

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Elizabeth Blake
Prep time 40 mins
Bake time 10 mins
Chill time 3 hrs
Yield Serves 10

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 60 Nilla wafers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large, firm-ripe bananas
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 486
  • fat 30 g
  • satfat 17 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 50 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 207 mg
  • sodium 138 mg

How to Make It

  1. Make crust: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Mist a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Pulse Nilla wafers and sugar in a food processor until ground and combined. Add butter; pulse until crumbly and evenly moistened. Press into pie plate. Bake until edges are golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

  2. Make filling: Combine milk, cream and 1/2 cup sugar in a heavy-bottom saucepan. Set over medium-high heat and bring just to a gentle boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. In a medium bowl, whisk cornstarch, salt and remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar; add egg yolks and whisk until smooth. When milk mixture just begins to boil, remove from heat and slowly drizzle about 1 cup into egg yolk mixture, whisking vigorously. Stir that back into pan and return to stove. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until custard thickens and comes to a boil. Boil gently for 1 minute, then remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla until melted and smooth.

  3. Cut 2 bananas into 1/4-inch-thick slices and spread over bottom of crust. Mash remaining banana with a fork and stir into custard. Spoon custard into crust and smooth top. Cover with plastic wrap, gently pressing wrap directly onto custard surface to keep a skin from forming. Refrigerate until completely cool and custard has firmed, at least 3 hours.

  4. Just before serving, whip cream and confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Remove plastic wrap and spread whipped cream over top of pie.