Old-Fashioned Banana Cream Pie With Chocolate Pastry

Recipe by SharleneW
READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 1 pie


  • For Chocolate pastry
  • 13
    cup sugar
  • 3
    tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    cup butter, cut into chunks
  • 1
    large egg yolk
  • 12
    teaspoon vanilla
  • For filling
  • 34
    cup sugar
  • 13
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 2 14
    cups milk
  • 4
    large egg yolks
  • 2
    tablespoons butter
  • 2
    teaspoons vanilla
  • 3
    ripe bananas (about 6 oz. each)
  • 1
    cup whipping cream
  • chocolate shavings (optional) or unsweetened cocoa (optional)


  • To make chocolate pastry: In a food processor or a bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, and salt; whirl or mix to blend.
  • Add butter, whirl, or rub in with our fingers until fine crumbs form.
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla; whirl or mix with a fork until blended.
  • Lightly spray 9-inch pie pan with non-stick spray. Pour mixture into pan and press evenly over bottom, up sides and across rim. Pinch in decorative edge, or press with tines of fork.
  • Bake in 350°F oven just until crust is slightly darker around edges, 15 to 18 minutes.
  • Let cool on a rack at least 1 hour.
  • To make filling: In a 2-quart pan, combine ¾ cup sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  • Add milk and whisk to blend.
  • Whisk over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens.
  • Do not scorch.
  • Remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg yolks to blend.
  • Stir about ½ cup of the hot milk mixture into yolks, then add this mixture back it pan.
  • Return pan to medium-low heat and stir until mixture just begins to bubble, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Spread a thin layer of warm custard over bottom.
  • Peel bananas and slice half into pie, covering bottom evenly.
  • Pour half the warm custard evenly over bananas.
  • Repeat to layer remaining bananas and custard.
  • Cover surface of custard with plastic wrap.
  • Chill until cold, at least 2 hours.
  • In a bowl, with a mixer on high speed, beat whipping cream and remaining sugar and vanilla until mixture holds soft peaks.
  • Mound on pie and swirl to cover.
  • Top with chocolate shavings, if desired.