Banana cream pie: American dessert recipe

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According to North Americans, the banana cream pie is a work of art. So it's no wonder that in 1951 they named it the military's favorite dessert and even designated March 2 as their day to commemorate it.

This sweet, famous in many New York coffee shops, appeared at the end of the 19th century when bananas went from being something exotic, to being a common fruit among North Americans. Chefs encouraged to include them in their preparations, this delicate but very tasty cake emerged, which I invite you to try.

Ingredients

For 4 people
  • Broken dough (For the base) 1
  • Banana (For the filling) 300 g
  • Butter (For the filling) 23 g
  • Sugar (For the filling) 50 g
  • Chocolate chips (For the filling) 100 g
  • Gelatin in sheets (For the cream) 12 g
  • Whole milk (For the cream) 500 ml
  • Egg yolk (For the cream) 4
  • Sugar (For the cream) 125 g
  • Cornstarch (For the cream) 30 g
  • Salt, a pinch (For the cream)
  • Vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon (For the cream)
  • Egg white (For topping) 4
  • Sugar (For the coverage) 100 g

How to make banana cream pie

Difficulty: Easy
  • Total time 1 h 5 min
  • Elaboration 20 m
  • Cooking 45 m

We will begin by spreading the [broken dough in the tart mold, which we will prick with a fork and fill and bake with dried vegetables or rice placed on top of a baking paper to prevent the dough from falling down. We preheat the oven to 170 degrees and cook the dough for 20 or 25 minutes, until it looks golden. We remove from the oven and wait for it to cool.

While we are making the filling and the cream. For that, put cold water in a bowl and add the gelatin leaves, letting it hydrate for 10 minutes.

We peel the bananas and cut them into pieces or sheets. We heat the butter in a frying pan over medium heat and add the bananas and sugar, we cook this until the bananas begin to caramelize. We booked.

For the cream, mix the cornstarch with the sugar and the yolks in a bowl, making like a mush. On the other hand, heat the milk in a saucepan with the vanilla and the salt, add the previous porridge and continue to stir the mixture until it boils and thickens. Remove from the heat and add the drained gelatin sheets, stir to dissolve. We booked.

To assemble the cake. We put the layer of bananas on the base, sprinkle the chocolate chips. We spread the cream, let it refrigerate for four hours in the fridge.

When serving we can cover it either with meringue or whipped cream, that would go to taste. For the meringue we beat the whites with the sugar until they form peaks, we put it in a sleeve or we spread it with a spatula on the surface of the cake, we burn the peaks of the meringue with a kitchen torch. If instead we cover it with cream, we will whip the cream with the sugar until it is very firm, we will proceed as with the meringue, but without flambéing it at the end.

With what to accompany the banana cream pie

The banana cream pie already has enough layers to not need any accompaniment, however if you have a hopeless sweet tooth, you can accompany it with a hot chocolate sauce or vanilla ice cream. It is perfect to enjoy a special dessert on a special day.

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