After numerous attempts, this recipe clearly emerged as our Best Banana Cream Pie winner. If you want a Banana Cream Pie with a velvety custard, is loaded with bananas, and has a flaky crust, this is it.
This recipe is long overdue. I just needed to breathe a bit after cranking out pies up to my cowlicks before finally finding the one. The one we all unanimously agreed was the best. I’ll say this: a banana cream pie showdown is not boring. At. All.
For the past many years, I’ve tried to whip up the banana cream pie that would be reminiscent of Hubby’s favorite childhood pie. He’d often get a hankering for the banana cream pie that Chef-Grandpa made on special occasions.
We’re not talking pudding mix fillings and pre-packaged crusts.
This is the real deal…
I tried recipes galore. I went the pudding mix filling route once; it wasn’t horrible, but homemade is always noticeably better.
I tried a recipe from LA Times that promised to be similar to the one Chef-Grandpa used. And several others in between. All no-goes.
Needless to say, it celebration time when this Best Banana Cream Pie landed in our mouths. A little bit of glorious.
This banana cream pie is for purists. There’s no drizzly ganache, caramel, or other add-ins.
This pie is all about the velvety, luscious cream custard and bananas. Pure, unadulterated banana yum.
The best placement for the banana layer is in between two layers of custard.
It keeps the bananas from turning brown. That’s a very good thing.
An all-butter pie crust is the best kind of crust for this amazing pie.
I’ll stop talking so you can get baking.
Source: Chew Out Loud, adapted from Cooks Illustrated Cookbook
Pies, Pies, Pies! Here are our tried and true family+friend favorites:
1. Chocolate Mocha Cream Pie. This is a seriously silky, creamy, luscious pie. It’s on my list of guest-pies; fabulous and easy enough to make for all my friends.
2. Best Apple Pie with Flaky Butter Crust. So darned good, I’d eat this all year round. My 12-year-old nephew decided to make this for his family. Guess what he’s known for now?
3. Blueberry Pie with Flaky Butter Crust. I see my pattern here. I’ve got a thing for all-butter crusts. They simply taste so much better than shortening. This is a blueberry lover’s dream come true.
4. Who said a pie has to be round? This Berry Pie Bar recipe is super easy and potluck friendly. It’ll disappear quick, so save yourself a few!