Banana Cream Pie: Old But Gold

You may think that a dessert pie is a taboo concept... but you may also be missing out on your new favorite treat! The banana cream pie has people going gaga all around the world. With its soft texture and delicious flavor, you'll be begging for another slice before you're finished with your first! Read on to find out how you can make your very own pie at home!

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Image source: Unsplash/Charles Deluvio


THE ORIGINS OF THE PERFECT PIE 

This yummy creation has its roots in the good old custard pie. A slightly altered recipe brought forth what we know today as the banana cream pie. Which, in our opinion, is the more appetizing and flavorful option. This dessert has been around for a long time!

It goes back all the way to the 19th century and American soldiers ranked it as one of the most loved treats during the fifties! Today, there are hundreds of entries online that are dedicated to this dessert which has become a popular meal in Los Angeles especially.

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While L.A. is known for good food, it's hidden gem might just be the banana cream pie. As one reporter put it: 

"Nothing prepared me for the ubiquity of banana-cream pie on the menus of upscale restaurants, diners and neighborhood bakeries alike."

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The Food Timeline traces the long history of this pie all the way back to using eggs as a baking binder in ancient Egyptian and Roman times. Lynne Olver tells us the following: 

"Bananas took the American market by storm in the 1880s due to improved transportation and savvy, aggressive marketers. Bananas adapted well to most traditional fruit recipes.”

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WHY WE STILL LOVE BANANA CREAM PIE IN THE 21st CENTURY 

But how did banana-cream pie take flight in the 21st-century? Well, it has something to do with the love of both banana and cream. These ingredients that are now a staple worldwide make the pie successful. Cream pies are also pretty standard in the South and Midwest. 

Annie Miller says:

“People are sort of here from all over the country, I am Midwestern, and that is a dessert that I just always had.” 

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Kristy Choo, the big boss at Jin Patisserie in Venice, loved the deep-fried bananas she ate as a child in Singapore and that is what inspires her. She spoke on her love of the dessert:

“Bananas go with everything. It is nice to have the same ingredients, modified.”

IT'S WHAT'S ON TOP THAT COUNTS

Not everyone is as convinced about this pie though. Some think it's slightly overrated and others prefer their pies savory. Has a decade of disappointing chocolate cakes left us all cynical? We hope not and we hope you give this pie a try! It may seem like a one-dimensional treat but it isn't... 

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There are banana pies of all sorts, some involve a type of graham-cracker crusts, while others rely on the importance of good pastry dough. Whipped-cream topping comes as a standard favorite but then there is also the option to go a bit crazy and involve meringue.

There are the pie-makers that take things to the extreme and add on a whole array of decorations. These include goodies like crispy pecans, dark chocolate shavings and even yummy drizzles of caramel! There are also chefs who take the banana aspect too far...

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These crazy foodies like to place large chunks of unsliced bananas in the middle of their pies, forcing them in with a butter knife. But this is of course not the standard way to do things. One of our favorite banana cream pies comes from the beautiful Italy...

The well-known eatery, Jin Patisserie, gives us a true twist on the banana cream pie. They make it with heaps of caramel bananas and mascarpone cream set into a delectable sponge cake topped with tiny dots of dark chocolate! Our mouths are watering already!

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND THE BEST BANANA CREAM PIE IN L.A 

Urth Caffé found on 8565 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, (310) 659-0628. Here customers are offered individual pies, with a thick crust and light cream, the perfect combination. In this hip spot where you might see Kate Hudson or a guy with spikes in his head.

House of Pies, on 1869 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, (323) 666-9961. A truly "pie-tastic" place that prides itself on being an institution where the pies have bananas in every bite. This is also a budget-friendly option and the pie won't cost you your entire salary. 


FACTS FOR THE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS

Treats aren't usually healthy but with this pie, you're in luck. Firstly, the pie can be tailored to include less sugary toppings and fruit can be used as a replacement. More importantly though, remember, bananas are filled with potassium! This is good news for your body. 

Banana and cream go with so many things that it'll be easy to pair it with a more health-conscious option. We still prefer the richness of chocolate and peanut butter but it is nice to know that we can still enjoy this delicacy when we're trying to shed a few pounds.

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THERE'S AN ANNUAL BANANA CREAM PIE DAY

You know something is special when it has an entire day dedicated to it! Well, the banana cream pie is on the calendar alright and it's not going anywhere. Known as the National Banana Cream Pie Day, people all over make sure to eat the dessert on March 2nd.

While National Banana Cream Pie Day was just a few days ago, we're pretty certain there aren't any leftovers! If you want a slice of the goodness, you'll have to make your own and today you're in luck... We'll be sharing the very best banana cream pie recipe with you.

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EVERYTHING YOU'LL NEED TO MAKE THE BEST PIE

Ingredients for a serving of eight:

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 3.4 oz banana pudding mix (95 g)
  • 2 cups milk (480 mL)
  • 3 cups unsweetened whipped cream (720 mL)
  • 2 bananas, sliced
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    THE METHOD TO THE MADNESS  

    Making this yummy treat is pretty much as easy as one two three. You don't need to be a professional to make the perfect pie and we'll tell you why. The preparation for this pie includes a few simple steps and before you know it you'll be enjoying a slice (or two).

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    1. Firstly you want to preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). This will ensure it's nice a warm when you are ready to put the pie inside. Once your oven is on you can begin to get the ingredients and utensils ready on a clean working space (wash your hands as well).

    2. Next, you will place the pie crust in a 9-inch (23 cm) pie dish. Make sure the dish is large enough! Then, taking a fork you will make a few holes on the bottom end of the crust. Do this gently and do not break the cust. Place the crust in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

    3. While this is toasting, retrieve a large mixing bowl. In the bowl, make sure to combine the following ingredients - the banana pudding mix and your needed milk. For just over two minuted we suggest you use a whisk to make sure the mixture is thick and fully mixed. 

    4. This part of the process is vital in the success of the recipe as you want to avoid lumps within the mixture. Then, add two-thirds of the whipped cream to the mixing bowl and fold in until evenly mixed. Fold it in gently until you are satisfied with the consistency. 

    5. After this, you want to go back to the crust you put into the oven earlier. make sure to give the crust at least fifteen minutes to cool. While you wait you can prepare all of your delicious toppings. Slice some bananas and retrieve any other toppings of your choice.

    6. Now you will add a generous layer of banana slices on top of the crust. This is to make sure the entire treat sings of bananas! Once the crust is covered, top the banana layer with the yummy pudding concoction and whipped cream. Now comes the worst part...

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    WORTH THE WAIT...

    You have to allow the banana cream pie to chill for at least 3 hours before you can dig in! We do however promise that the wait will be worth it... Lastly, you can top the chilled pie with any remaining cream and decorate as you see fit. Slice the pie up into big pieces.

    Now comes the best part, enjoy your scrumptious creation! It is served best with a good cup of tea. We also recommend eating at least two slices... or as many as you like! Make sure to print this recipe and we're sure your friends will be begging to make it after a taste!

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    After this article, we can't wait to get into the kitchen to make ourselves one of these banana cream pies. Have you ever made one of these yummy desserts? If not, now is the perfect chance to discover your new favorite dessert! Let us know how it turns out in the comment section. 

    Sources: National Day Calendar  The New York Times Magazine Tasty 

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