Pies | November 10, 2020

Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Easy as pie!  If you can stir, you can make this Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe. Tender creamy custard, fresh bananas, and real whipped cream inside of a flakey crust is among my favorite desserts. We’ll show you exactly how to make it!

A 3/4 view of banana cream pie. The pie is garnished with whipped cream and green flowers.

Cream Pies 101

A cream pie is a type of pie filled with a rich custard or pudding that is made from milk, cream, sugar, thickener, and eggs. It comes in many forms – Banana Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Chocolate Cream Pie, and so on. One characteristic of most cream pies is a whipped cream topping. Cream pies are a one-crust pie, meaning the crust covers the bottoms and sides but not the top.

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What Do I Need To Make Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe?

For this recipe you will need:

  • 5 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas
  • whipped cream (store bought or homemade)

Ingredients needed to make easy banana cream pie recipe in a baking tray.

How do I Make Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe From Scratch?

1. Start by preparing your pie crust.  This recipe is a one-crust pie, meaning only the bottom and sides will be covered with crust. You can use your favorite store-bought crust, or prepare a homemade crust.  We have an amazing, delicious, and easy crust recipe here on the blog. Press the crust along the bottom and edges of your pie plate.  Crimp the edges.

2. Using a fork, poke the bottom of the crust generously.  This prevents it from puffing up during baking.  Bake your crust at 450 for 8-10 minutes until golden.  This technique is called a blind bake.  You can cover your crust with parchment and fill with beans to ensure the shape remains, but it is not necessary. Once crust is baked, set aside to cool.

3. For your custard filling, add sugar to a large saucepan.

4. Add in cornstarch.

How to prepare a banana cream pie.

5. Toss in salt.

6. Stir until well combined.

7. Add in milk.

8. Pour in heavy cream.

How to make custard.

9. Whisk until well combined. Turn on heat to medium heat. Stir continuously until mixture is thickened and simmering.  This will take roughly 10 minutes.  Make sure you are stirring the entire time.

10. Add about a tablespoon of hot liquid to your slightly beaten eggs.  Make sure you are whisking eggs continuously while you pour the small amount of hot liquid in.  This is called tempering your eggs.

11. Pour tempered eggs into your thickened custard.  Continue to stir and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

12. Remove from heat and add in butter and vanilla. Stir until combined and smooth.

How to make custard.

13. Line pie crust with slices of 2 bananas.

14. Pour custard on top of banana layer.

15. Press plastic wrap to the surface of the custard layer.  This prevents the custard from forming a thick skin. Cool and refrigerate overnight.

16. Top with whipped cream.  You can used homemade, or store bought.

How to make banana cream pie.

Cream Pie Variations

This cream custard can be altered for different versions of cream pie:

For Coconut Cream Pie:

Add 1/2 to 1 cup of coconut flakes to the custard filling. Pour into baked pie shell. Cool completely and chill.  Top with whipped cream.

For Chocolate Cream Pie:

Decrease sugar in basic custard filling to 3/4 cup. Add 1/2 cup chocolate syrup to cooked mixtures. Or use full cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips. Pour into baked pie shell. Cool completely and chill.  Top with whipped cream.

Easy banana cream pie recipe in a white pie plate. There is a large slice missing form the pie.

Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe Q&A

Why is my pie filling runny?

To avoid soupy, runny custard, make sure to use whole milk (or at least 2%) and cook it until it’s nice and thick. Undercooked pudding is the #1 reason the pie gets soupy. One trick to check the doneness is to coat the back of the spoon with pudding and run your finger right through the middle.

Does banana cream pie need to be refrigerated?

Yes, banana cream pie should be stored in the fridge.

An overhead shot of banana cream pie.

How long does cream pie last?

Cream pie will last 4-5 days in the fridge.

Can this pie be made ahead?

Yes, we recommend making this pie a day ahead, because it requires hours of chilling before served.

Is this pie gluten free?

The filling is completely gluten free! You need to swap the crust out for a gluten free crust to make the entire pie gluten free.

Easy banana cream pie recipe sliced on a dessert plate. There are two spoons to the side.

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Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 30 mins
 

Easy as pie!  If you can stir, you can make this Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe. Tender creamy custard, fresh bananas, and real whipped cream inside of a flakey crust is among my favorite desserts. We'll show you exactly how to make it!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: banana cream pie, cream pie, easy banana cream
Servings: 8 slices
Calories: 271 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons of cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup half and half
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas
  • whipped cream store bought or homemade
Instructions
  1. Start by preparing your pie crust.  This recipe is a one-crust pie, meaning only the bottom and sides will be covered with crust. You can use your favorite store-bought crust, or prepare a homemade crust.  We have an amazing, delicious, and easy crust recipe here on the blog. Press the crust along the bottom and edges of your pie plate.  Crimp the edges.
  2. Using a fork, poke the bottom of the crust generously.  This prevents it from puffing up during baking.  Bake your crust at 450 for 8-10 minutes until golden.  This technique is called a blind bake.  You can cover your crust with parchment and fill with beans to ensure the shape remains, but it is not necessary. Once crust is baked, set aside to cool.
  3. For your custard filling, add sugar to a large saucepan.
  4. Add in cornstarch.
  5. Toss in salt.
  6. Stir until well combined.
  7. Add in milk.
  8. Pour in heavy cream.
  9. Whisk until well combined. Turn on heat to medium heat. Stir continuously until mixture is thickened and simmering.  This will take roughly 10 minutes.  Make sure you are stirring the entire time.
  10. Add about a tablespoon of hot liquid to your slightly beaten eggs.  Make sure you are whisking eggs continuously while you pour the small amount of hot liquid in.  This is called tempering your eggs.
  11. Pour tempered eggs into your thickened custard.  Continue to stir and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  12. Remove from heat and add in butter and vanilla. Stir until combined and smooth.
  13. Line pie crust with slices of 2 bananas.
  14. Pour custard on top of banana layer.
  15. Press plastic wrap to the surface of the custard layer.  This prevents the custard from forming a thick skin. Cool and refrigerate overnight.
  16. Top with whipped cream.  You can used homemade, or store bought.
Recipe Notes

*Nutritional information does not reflect whipped cream topping.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Banana Cream Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 271 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 164mg7%
Potassium 259mg7%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 399IU8%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 121mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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