Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is from scratch homemade pie recipe like your grandmas used to make. If you’re crazy for classic cream pies, this needs to be on your Easter table! A tender, flaky crust piled high with bananas and creamy vanilla pudding, topped with fluffy cloud of fresh whipped cream and more bananas and chocolate shavings on top.
If you need a perfect dessert for Easter brunch that could sit in the fridge for a few days, while you have to finish preparations for the holiday, making this Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie won’t take you too much time.
Full of old-fashioned flavor, Banana Cream Pie isn’t necessarily fancy, but it’s so inviting and besides Easter eggs and spring flower decoration, it will bring the nostalgic appeal at your Easter brunch table.
Don’t let the making of pie crust from scratch, crimping the sides for classic crust look and cooking homemade vanilla pudding terrifies you, it’s not that hard at all. I’m not a pie making expert by any means, actually I hate making pie crusts and sometimes buy a pre-made one, but homemade stuff is so much better, especially when it comes to family gatherings for the holidays such as Easter.
Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie might be the easiest of all the cream pies and it’s so amazing, real dessert galore.
You could always use pre-made crust and instant pudding that’s ready in just minutes but the end result of homemade Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is swoon-worthy. It’s so worth the extra time to make a real, milk and eggs custard filling, not an instant pudding, and it is super easy.
Thinking of Easter, I didn’t want a pre-made type pie, so I I was searching for a real, before instant pudding kinda pie. And I found this one I could literally call Old Fashioned Banana Cream pie recipe. For the crust I used this recipe and it was so easy having a video tutorial.
The only problem about this homemade custard which is integral to the classic, old-fashioned taste is that you must use a 9 inch pie plate, not a deep dish, because the pie is really creamy and you want be able to take out the perfectly neat slices. But the flavor is just perfect.Enjoy!!!
Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is from scratch homemade pie recipe like your grandmas used to make.
For the pie crust:
- 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 sticks (1/2 cup) unsalted butter diced and chilled
- 2–4 tablespoons ice water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups milk
- 4 egg yolks- beaten
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2–3 bananas-sliced
- 1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 banana-sliced
- chocolate shavings-optional
To make the pie crust:
- Mix flour, salt and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Add pieces of chilled unsalted butter. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Add 2 tablespoons ice water and using your hands knead until dough comes together , DO NOT OVERDO IT!!! (If it’s still crumbly, add water a tablespoon at a time, up to 2 more tablespoons, but don’t use too much water or the crust will shrink while baking).
- Flatten the dough into disks, wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Roll the dough on a floured surface into a 14-inch round, wrap around rolling pin and carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate and gently press into bottom and side of plate. Trim dough to a 1-inch overhang, fold under, and seal to form a rim, then crimp the rim with fingertips. Using a fork poke the bottom of the crust or use pie weights. Wrap with plastic wrap and set in the fridge or freezer. The dough must be well chilled before baking!!!
- Bake in preheated oven at 375 F until golden brown. Cool completely and set aside.
To make the filing:
- In a large saucepan, stir together sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly(about 8 minutes) then reduce heat and cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from heat and stir a small amount of hot filling into eggs stirring well (be careful not to scramble the eggs) return all to pan and bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
- Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill for 30 minutes.
- Spread half of the vanilla pudding into cooled pie crust. Slice bananas and arrange over filling. Pour remaining pudding over bananas, cover and set in the fridge until thicken (for 6 hours or overnight).
- Before serving, make the whipped cream. Beat the heavy whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form, adding 1/2 tablespoon of powdered sugar slowly during mixing.
- Top pie with whipped cream and banana slices. Sprinkle with chocolate shavings if desired.