Six-Star Banana Cream Pie

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
SERVES: 6-8
YIELD: 1 pie
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • PEANUT BUTTER CRUST:
  • Beat shortening with sugar in a small bowl. Measure 1/8 cup of the beaten egg; you may discard the rest.
  • Add in peanut butter and blend together with an electric hand mixer.
  • Add the oats. (You may grind them in a food processor. These help to make the crust crunchier and less soggy.).
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees before dropping onto a cookie sheet.
  • Make small balls and flatten each drop with the back of a metal spoon.
  • Bake for 12 minutes and remove to an oven-safe wire cooling rack. Turn off the oven. Return the cookies (on the cooling rack) to the oven for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Put baked cookies into a food processor and grind down to coarse crumbs. Melt butter in microwave. Mix with the crumbs in a small bowl.
  • Using your fingers, press the mixture into the bottom of a 9 or 10 inch pie plate.
  • PIE FILLING:
  • Mix first three ingredients (corn starch, sugar, salt) in a large bowl.
  • Measure milk into a medium to large saucepan, and dissolve the dry mixture in it. Make sure NO lumps are left.
  • Turn on burner to medium heat and stir continuously. When bubbles begin to burst at the surface and mixture has thickened, stop cooking.
  • Add in butter and vanilla, stirring well.
  • Transfer half the mixture back to your mixing bowl. Combine with eggs and stir vigorously. Transfer this back to the saucepan with the rest of the pudding and combine.
  • Heat on medium to return the mixture to bubbling.
  • Slice bananas and layer half over the pie crust. Add half the pudding mixture, then the rest of the banana slices, then the rest of the pudding mixture.
  • Let cool. After about an hour, transfer to refrigerator.
  • Once the pie filling has set, top with Cool Whip.
  • CARAMEL DRIZZLE:
  • Combine sugar and water in a very small saucepan.
  • Heat on high to boiling.
  • Keep the solution boiling the entire time and stir. When the mixture has become medium to dark brown, add the whipping cream.
  • Stir. Heat on high again to let the mixture become uniform. Let boil for at least 2 minutes.
  • Put in a plastic bag and seal. Snip the corner to create a small opening (about the size of the tip of a grain of rice).
  • Drizzle caramel over the Cool Whip atop your pie.
  • Enjoy!
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