This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by Amy of Sing For Your Supper: Banana Cream Pie. I can honestly say that I had never had a banana cream pie before. Growing up, my mom hated any kind of cream pie - banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, etc. so I never had the opportunity to try one.
Honestly, I wasn't sure if I would really like it, either. But being a part of TWD means trying new things, whether that entails learning a new baking skill, or trying a new ingredient or recipe. So I forged ahead with this week's pick.
The recipe was actually quite simple. It's a basic pastry cream, made with brown sugar instead of white sugar, with just a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg in it. All you do is prepare the pie crust, then layer it with pastry cream and bananas, and then top with whipped cream. Dorie adds a touch of sour cream to the whipped cream to give it a little something extra, but I honestly couldn't really tell it was there. Unfortunately, I accidentally over whipped my cream and ruined it, but thankfully it didn't affect the taste - I just have some sad looking pie pictures this week :(
The pie was just so so for me. I was glad I made it and tried it, but I probably won't be making it again. I guess I'm just not a banana cream pie person. I brought the pie to work and everyone loved it so I guess it's great as far as banana cream pies go :)
Thanks Amy, for choosing this pie - I enjoyed trying something new. If you would like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you visit the TWD Blogroll to see what everyone else thought about this creamy pie!
* Recipes notes:
- I didn't pass my brown sugar through a sieve - I just made sure there was no big clumps in it and the pastry cream turned out just fine.
- The pastry cream doesn't really come to a noticeable boil - just keep stirring constantly until it begins to thicken, then continue heating/stirring for another minute.
- I thought the pie would taste better with more bananas - so I would recommend using 4 bananas instead of just 3.
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