You have not lived until you have eaten a homemade Banana Cream Pie.
This recipe is like the classic banana pudding recipe stuffed into a pie!
I am using Nilla Wafers Cookies as the crust here since after all, any respectable Banana Pudding is made with crushed up Nilla Wafers!
This is a NO BAKE recipe woohoo!!
My vanilla pastry cream recipe is loaded up with fresh banana slices and of course piled high with whipped cream icing! (I left out the stabilizer though because I knew this pie would not be around for long! And I was right!)
This pie is so light and airy you will be capable of eating 3 pieces! (Ok maybe that was just me……)
Once you see how easy it is to make homemade pastry cream you will be making this pie on a daily basis just because you can!
Whether you make the custard and add the bananas to it while it is still hot, or do what I did in the video and have that pastry cream made up in advance, it’s not too much difference.
It’s really just your preference on how you want to work.
Oh how I love building on recipes because as you can see you can come up with some really fabulous last minute ideas from leftovers!
I am using a 9" Deep Dish Pie Plate for this recipe
If you are going to prepare the pastry cream recipe specific for this pie contrary to how I show in the video, you will simply add the sliced bananas as soon as you are done cooking the custard and after you have strained it.
Pour the entire custard into the prepared pie crust and cool it IN THE SHELL in the refrigerator before adding the whipped cream
- Prepare the Nilla Wafer cookie crust by crushing the cookies in a food processor and add the melted butter.
- Press into the pie plate and freeze while you prepare the custard filling
- Prepare the pastry cream recipe and once you have strained it at the last step add in the sliced bananas.
- Pour hot banana custard into the prepared nilla wafer crust then place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and refrigerate until completely cold and set (about 2 hours)
- Prepare the whipped cream and ice as you wish
It will last in the refrigerator for up to 5 days
The bananas will only get brown once you slice the pie, since the browning occurs only from oxidation. I like to cover each open slice with plastic wrap to prolong the oxidation