Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie

Total Time
Prep 7 hrs
Cook 0 mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Vanilla Pastry Cream: In a heavy medium saucepan, bring half and half to a a simmer.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar, eggs, egg yolk and flour in medium bowl to blend.
  3. Gradually whisk in hot half and half.
  4. Transfer to saucepan.
  5. Whisk over medium heat until mixture thickens and comes to a boil (about 5 minutes).
  6. Boil 1 minute.
  7. Pour into a medium bowl.
  8. Stir in vanilla.
  9. Press plastic unto surface of cream.
  10. Cover; chill until cold (about 4 hours).
  11. For The Crust: Butter 9-inch glass pie dish.
  12. In a heavy, small saucepan stir butter and chocolate over low heat.
  13. Mix in cookie crumbs.
  14. Press unto bottom and sides.
  15. Chill until firm (about 30 minutes).
  16. For Chocolate Ganache: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat butter and cream until hot, but do not boil.
  17. Remove from heat and add chocolate and vanilla.
  18. Whisk until smooth.
  19. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the ganache in a small bowl at room temperature (to be used as garnish).
  20. Pour remaining ganache over crust.
  21. Chill crust until chocolate ganache is firm (about 30 minutes).
  22. Assembly: Thinly slice 3 bananas.
  23. Arrange banana slices over chocolate.
  24. Whisk Vanilla Pastry Cream until smooth.
  25. Spread pastry cream evenly over bananas.
  26. Drizzle reserved chocolate ganache over pastry cream.
  27. Draw toothpick through pastry cream and chocolate to marbleize.
  28. Refrigerate until pastry cream is set (at least 3 hours and up to one day).
  29. Vanilla Whipped Cream: In a medium bowl, beat cream, powders sugar and vanilla extract until peaks form.
  30. Can be made 4 hours ahead.
  31. Spoon vanilla whipped cream around edges of pie or decoratively pipe cream with pastry bag.
  32. Slice remaining banana.
  33. Garnish pie with banana slices.


Most Helpful

This goes into my keeper file. I love it! The crust is just like Dairy Queen Treetza Pizza crust, believe it or not. The layered effect looks good and tastes great. I would use the chocolate ganache and vanilla pastry cream recipes on their own for other recipes, they are that good.

Cookin-jo January 18, 2007

Oh boy. This pie is MORE than heavenly. I made this for my sister's rehearsal dinner, and people were begging for more. I made 4 desserts, and this one definitely was the biggest hit. People wanted more pie, but there just wasnt enough!! It is SO good. It is a shame that it cannot be saved, because Id like to make 2 at one time and save it for the next day hahaha.. but that just doesnt work.... 1) it wont last more than a few minutes without a crowd eating it all up, and 2) the bananas will go rotten :( This is so fabulous... delcious.. absolutely incredible! The directions are very easy to follow. Thanks for the recipe; it is one for my perm. file - thats for sure!

love4culinary June 24, 2004

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