Tuesday, April 7, 2009

TWD: Banana Cream Pie

Hello, Tuesdays with Dorie fans. Welcome to another...Tuesday.

Hmm. Okay. Not my favorite thing, but I am committed. Because how will I ever learn to get a custard pie right? I don't even want to TALK about the number of lemon meringue and coconut cream custards I made when I tested and developed pie recipes a couple of months ago...suffice it to say: I was reduced to tears.

But. True to form, this recipe worked like a charm. I think it could be the six egg yolks (Ya think?) I had a moment of panic when it looked curdled, but I whisked up a storm and was gifted with glossy, silky smooth custard, studded with flecks of nutmeg.

(I should add this was AFTER I burnt the first pie crust to a crisp. I was so clever--had a crust, a DORIE crust, because this is the only crust I will ever make. Ever. Again.--in the freezer. I popped it in and took a shower. Dried my hair...lotion...got something cute on...And...well, and it took longer than 25 minutes. Who knew? Guess I needed additional practice making crust. You know. In case Top Chef calls. Or Next Food Network TV Star...I won't fail pie crust on national TV.)

Onward. I chilled the custard in a luxurious sink ice bath...took seconds. topping is easy...Glad I read how Dorie says to spoon it on and then smooth it--because you can't exactly spread this OVER the custard.

I'm still not a banana cream pie fan, but if anyone ever asks me to make it, this is the one. Bryn declares it the best pie she's ever tasted. G is on his second piece...me? I better go swim some more laps.Later that week: So I went away for a few days. When I came back, most of the pie was still there in the fridge, but ...well, a little browner. But I wanted a sliver. I took one. And I LOVED it. The day or two in the fridge allowed the banana to ripen and the banana flavor combined with the brown sugar caramel-y pastry cream just rocks. So maybe, just maybe, I've become a banana cream pie liker (if not lover...)


Unknown said...

Looks like your pie turned out great in the end! Nice job.

angela@spinachtiger said...

Your custard is so much smoother than mine. I need to try again. But it sure tasted good.

Megan said...

It sure looks good - I didn't get any banana in my pie!

Anonymous said...

This was a fun recipe, my first banana cream pie. Your custard does look great!

Annette said...

It looks great! I need to practice my crust skills too. It all came together in the end though, and tasted good.

dorie said...

If you only knew how many times I put something in the oven or on the stove to simmer and then got distracted! And it's not as though I don't set timers all over the place... In the end, I think your pie looked great. Sorry it didn't convert you to a banana-cream pie lover, but glad others enjoyed it.

Cara Mia said...

I'm new here to this site but your article really appealed to me.

Your banana pie looked absolutely gorgeous!! I can't wait to see your next endeavor!!