June 24, 2011

Banana cream pie


So it's time for baking again, and yes, it's still bananas. But instead of making cakes or cupcakes like I used to do, this time I tried to make a pie with them. This is actually my second attempt of making a pie and alhamdulillah, I have to say that I am very very pleased with the outcome. Everybody in the family loved it. Except my sister, she's not really into desserts and sweet stuff. But I'll keep making it until she likes it. Hehe.

This is the second banana pie I made for this week. You may wonder why so many pies in a week and why bananas? The reason is because last weekend, my father and I went to the market/ pasar borong to buy some fruits and I  remember that I have always wanted to make a pie called' chocolate banoffee pie', and it has bananas as its main ingredient. People been talking about how good the pie is and I was just curious at how it tastes. So I bought them. A lot.

One thing about choosing bananas to make pie is that, you shouldnt be choosing ordinary bananas. I've read somewhere that the best type of bananas to make pie is the one called cavendish bananas as it doesnt turn black easily. Funny thing is, when I went to the market and asked a macha about cavendish bananas, he seemed very puzzled and said that he never heard anything like that. Instead, he offered me 'pisang montel' and 'pisang berangan'..  Eh? When 'cavendish' sounds so elegant, malaysian type of bananas have these funny names and not to mention very cute too. Hehehe

So I ended up buying pisang berangan. And 'berangan' that the bananas will not turn black so quickly and will not alter the taste of the pie. Oh since I dont have the picture of 'chocolate banoffee pie' which I made earlier this week, I think I will just be posting it some other time, when I make it again inshaAllah. In the mean time, enjoy this banana cream pie because it is really really good and not so complicated to make. Highly recommended :)

I actually got the recipe from momswhothink.com. But I'll  just post it here to make it easier for those who want to try.

Before going to the oven

Once baked

Done with the topping. Ready to be chilled

4 ripe bananas, sliced
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup sugar ( please reduce this amount if the bananas are sweet enough, I reduced it to 3/4 cup but they were still too sweet :|)
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups milk
4 egg yolks, beaten ( I only used 3)
3 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 baked 9 inch pie crust
2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt; gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat till thickened.
2. Reduce heat, cook and stir 2 minutes more. Remove from heat.
3. Separate egg whites; discard. Beat egg yolks slightly.
4. Gradually stir 1 cup of the hot mixture into the egg yolks. Return egg mixture to saucepan; bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir an additional 2 minutes.
5. Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla, butter, and three of the sliced bananas.
6. Use the remaining sliced banana to evenly cover the bottom of the pie crust. Pour filling on top.
7. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, cool.
8. Prepare the topping by beating the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
9. Place topping onto the banana filling, chill for 1-2 hours before serving.

My only problem about making pie right now is that I dont have a pie tin! But because I wanted to make  the pie so badly  I couldnt care less. Something that looks like a pie tin will do. But I really recommend anybody who wants to try this recipe to get one. It'll make your life easier. Hmm if anybody can give me pie tin and muffin tin right now as my birthday present (yes I know it's in December, but still..) I think my life will be just perfect.. Kikiki


Wayfarers said...

sedap ni..:) insyaAllah kalau ada kesempatan, sya8 pon nak try:)

Izyan Zainuddin said...

Syahid.. mesti try! :)

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