Monday, September 24, 2012

Banana Cream Pie

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I gave my better half three dessert choices for tonight:  Banana Cream Pie, Cream Puff Dessert or something with apples.   He chose Banana Cream Pie.  (I knew he would!)  It has been awhile since I made him his favorite pie.  It's been precisely 2 years, 2 months, and 8 days since I made him this pie.  Don't feel too bad, though, Marie Callender has made him a few in the meantime.  So, this morning I gathered up the ingredients...

One baked pie shell, 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup cold milk, 1 pkg. (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding, 1 12 oz. cool whip, 3 medium bananas and a Dora doll.  Don't forget Dora.  She was placed in the picture by my helper Emily, who is four.  Actually, I should just name this Emily's Banana Cream Pie, because she took over and made it herself, I just supervised.  

We made this recipe super easy by using a frozen pie shell.  You can use a homemade one if you choose.  If it was my husband's birthday, I would use a homemade one.  But, it's not.  (He doesn't really take note of the crust either way, so he won't care.)  Here is Emily poking the holes in the bottom of the crust before baking.  (Look how fast her little hand is moving!)
 Whisk sour cream and milk until blended.  Add pudding mix, and whisk until pudding is dissolved.  Look at Emily go (Again, she is a FAST worker!)  Next, stir in your cool whip, combining well. 
Set the bowl of filling aside, as  you slice your bananas into slices.  Spread half of your filling into the bottom of your cooled crust.  Arrange your sliced bananas over the filling.  At this point, we decided to make the next layer of filling look pretty.  So, we placed it in our pastry bag with a large star tip and went to town!  That.  Is.  It.  That's the last step.  Here is our finished pie.

Emily's Banana Cream Pie
by The Hardscrabble Home

Ingredients -

One baked pie shell
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cold milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding
1 12 oz. cool whip
3 medium bananas
A Dora doll

Bake pie shell according to instructions and let cool.  Mix sour cream and milk together.  Add instant pudding and stir until dissolved.  Stir in cool whip, incorporating it well.

Slice your bananas into slices.

Layer half of your filling into cooled pie crust.   Arrange banana slices on top.  Pipe remaining filling using a pastry bag and a large star tip.  OR, you can just spread the remaining filling on, it's your choice. 

Chill and serve. 

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