It’s National Banana Cream Pie Day! Here’s How to Make One

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Banana cream pie is a classic American dessert that has been enjoyed for generations, and March 2nd is the official holiday to celebrate it! This delicious pie is made with a flaky crust, creamy vanilla pudding, and sliced bananas, all topped with whipped cream. Banana cream pie is a dessert that’s sure to please everyone, and it’s perfect for any occasion. If you want to celebrate National Banana Cream Pie Day, here’s a great recipe to follow.

Mixing the crust

If you have the time and ingredients to make a classic banana cream pie, you can’t go wrong with this recipe from Archana’s Kitchen. Start by preheating your oven to 375°F and getting out a mixing bowl or food processor. Mix together two cups all-purpose flour, ⅝ cup salted butter (chilled and cut into cubes), and two tablespoons powdered sugar until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Mix in cold water slowly until the dough barely starts coming together.

Baking the crust

Flatten your dough into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap, then refrigerate it for an hour. Grease a 7-inch fluted pie pan, then roll your dough out into a circle slightly bigger than the pan. Gently pick up the rolled-out dough and place it on the pan, then press the bottom and the sides evenly, scraping off any excess dough that comes out over the edge. Stab the bottom of the crust with a fork and refrigerate it for 10 minutes.

Cut a piece of parchment paper slightly bigger than the pie pan, then place it on the crust and fill it with dried beans to hold it down. Bake the crust for ten to twelve minutes, then remove the baking paper and beans. Bake the pie crust for an additional six to seven minutes, then cool it on a wire rack.

Making the pie filling

For the pie filling, heat a cup and a half of milk in a saucepan. In a separate bowl, whisk together five egg yolks, four tablespoons all-purpose flour, a tablespoon of corn flour, ¼ cup caster sugar, a pinch of salt, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. When the milk is about to boil, pour half of it over the egg yolk mixture, whisking it constantly.

Pour this mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk, turn the heat to low, and whisk it constantly for two to three minutes or until it thickens. Turn the heat off and cover the mixture with a lid.

Assembly and final touches

To put your banana cream pie together, start by putting two sliced \bananas in the bottom of the pie crust. Cover the bananas with the pie filling and spread it around evenly. Spread store-bought or homemade whipped cream across the pie, then sprinkle with a garnish of cocoa powder. Refrigerate the pie for three to four hours, then cut it up and serve! Enjoy your National Banana Cream Pie Day!

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