2 1/2 cups
graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups
1 1/2 cups
vanilla bean, split lengthwise
( optional but good to add in)
ripe bananas, peeled and cut into about 1/4-inch slices
( could use 5 small bananas)
- To make the crust: set oven to 350°F.
- For the crust; in a bowl stir together the cracker crumbs, sugar and mashed banana.
- Add in the melted butter and stir to moisten.
- Press into bottom and up sides of a deep-dish 10-inch glass pie dish.
- Refrigerate for about 40 minutes until firm.
- Remove from the fridge and bake for about 15 minutes; cool completely.
- For the filling: In a heavy-bottomed saucepan whisk together cornstarch, sugar and salt to blend.
- Whisk in the whipping cream and whole full-fat milk, then egg yolks.
- Scrape the vanilla bean seeds and then add them in with the whole bean (if using).
- Bring to medium-high heat and whisk until the custard thickens and simmers (about 6 minutes).
- Remove from heat. Whisk in butter, vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon banana extract (if using).
- Transfer the cooked thickened custard to a bowl; cool completely for about 1 hour, stirring or whisking occasionally.
- When ready to fill the pie crust, spread 1 cup of the custard over the bottom of prepared crust.
- Top with half of the bananas (about 2-1/2 bananas).
- Then top with the remaining custard covering the bananas totally.
- Repeat layering with remaining bananas and then remaining custard on the top.
- Chill for a minimum of 8 hours (overnight is even better), or until the filling is completely set.
- Cut pie into wedges and top with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.