Preheat oven to 350°. Process cookies and peanuts in a food processor about 1 minute or until finely chopped. Stir together cookie mixture and melted butter. Press crumb mixture on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.
Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
Whisk together granulated sugar and cornstarch in a large, heavy saucepan. Whisk together half-and-half and egg yolks in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk half-and-half mixture into sugar mixture, and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute; remove from heat.
Stir butter, peanut butter, and 1 tsp. vanilla into sugar mixture. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on warm custard (to prevent a film from forming), and cool 30 minutes.
Cut bananas into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place in a single layer on bottom of crust, covering bottom completely. Spoon custard mixture over bananas; cover and chill 4 to 48 hours.
Beat cream at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla, beating until soft peaks form. Top pie with whipped cream mixture. Serve immediately, or chill up to 4 hours.
Note: We tested with Nabisco Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cookies.
This pie tastes really great. Made it twice now. But I would welcome any advice on how not to have the crust fall apart. First time I made it in a spring form pan. Worked ok, just not very pretty when you slice it. Putting it in the pie pan, it just fell apart when sliced. I guess just add more butter?
I made this for Christmas Eve with very high hopes. Peanut butter and banana cream are two of my favorites so I'm thinking this would be a slam dunk. I was HIGHLY disappointed. I followed the recipe exactly with no changes. I felt this recipe had no flavor except for a very mild hint of peanut butter. I will agree with the previous reviewer that the custard sets up very quickly. Mine went from liquid to custard in an instant. The pie sets up perfectly in terms of consistency, but the flavor is seriously lacking. I have made several pies and other desserts from SL in the past and this is only the second one that didn't deliver in my opinion. I hate to say it, but this isn't even worth making a second time to tweak it. :(
Delicious!! Followed the recipe exactly and my family and guests loved it. Just the right amount of peanut butter flavor. Make sure to stir the custard constantly when cooking. When it starts to thicken, it sets up quickly. Try it with just a little chocolate drizzle on top. Yum!
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