My 1st Banana Cream Pie (Dad’s Birthday)

The very first pie I ever attempted was a banana cream pie for my dad’s birthday.  My dad loves banana cream pie and I wanted to surprise him with this pie.  I asked my mom to go to the grocery store and get everything.  My mom is not a baker, the recipe called for whipped cream, my mom bought Redi-Whip not Cool Whip.  Little did I know this was going to make a huge difference in making this pie (did I mention it was my first pie).  I followed the recipe to the T and even got all fancy with the Redi Whip.  It was a beautiful pie.  I put it back in the fridge for my dad.  We went out for dinner and came home to have pie.  I opened the fridge and to my horror, my pie had melted all over the fridge.  I was devastated the Redi Whip turned my pie to a gooey soup and now I had a HUGE mess to clean up (and it was HUGE!!!)  I ended up running to the local grocery store and picking up a Sara Lee Banana Cream Pie.  I never forgot this and every year I wish I lived closer so I could redeem myself.  The recipe I want to make him for is not the one I made in high school that used Cool Whip and Instant Pudding.

Old Fashion Banana Cream Pie:


Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

  1. 1 Have baked 9-inch pie shell ready.
  2. 2 In a large saucepan, scald the milk.
  3. 3 In another saucepan, combine the sugar, flour and salt; gradually stir in the scalded milk.
  4. 4 Over medium heat, stirring constantly, cook until thickened.
  5. 5 Cover and, stirring occasionally, cook for two minutes longer.
  6. 6 In a small bowl, have the 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten, ready; stir a small amount of the hot mixture into beaten yolks; when thoroughly combined, stir yolks into hot mixture.
  7. 7 Cook for one minute longer, stirring constantly.
  8. 8 Remove from heat and blend in the butter and vanilla.
  9. 9 Let sit until lukewarm.
  10. 10 When ready to pour, slice bananas and scatter in pie shell; pour warm mixture over bananas.
  11. 11 If desired, make a meringue (you’ll have 3 leftover egg whites) to top the pie, or just let the pie cool until serving.

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Happy Birthday Dad!  I hope you have a great day and you get that piece of Banana Cream Pie even if Sara made it for you 🙂

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