Monday, November 09, 2009

For your consideration this Thanksgiving,

I present Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie. It might not be the most traditional choice of pie for Thanksgiving dinner, but it is probably the most delicious (in the non-pumpkin category, of course). I couldn't wait until Thanksgiving to make mine, so Sunday night dessert it was.

Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie

1- 9 inch pastry crust (you can use a ready-made crust or make your own)
3 T. cornstarch, divided
2 T. sugar
2 T. unsweetened cocoa
dash of salt
1 1/3 C. milk, divided
1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or use chocolate chips)
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 T. butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 C. (2 ounces) block-style cream cheese, softened
2 C. sliced perfectly ripe banana (about 2 large bananas)
1 1/2 C. Cool Whip
Chocolate curls (optional)

Prepare and bake pastry crust.

Combine 1 T. cornstarch, 2 T. sugar, cocoa and dash of salt in a small, heavy saucepan; gradually add 1/3 c. milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook 2 minutes over medium-low heat. Stir in chocolate; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Spread chocolate mixture into bottom of prepared crust.

Combine 2 T. cornstarch, 1 c. milk, 1/2 c. sugar, 1/4 t. salt, eggs and butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook 30 seconds or until thick. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Beat cream cheese until light (about 30 seconds). Add 1/4 c. hot custard to cream cheese; beat just until blended. Stir in remaining custard.

Arrange banana slices on top of chocolate layer; spoon in custard over bananas. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard; chill 2-4 hours. Remove plastic wrap. Spread whipped topping evenly over custard. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Chill until ready to serve.

It is a bit labor intensive (there's lots of standing over the stove and stirring), especially if you make your own crust (which I do not), but it is so worth it. Trust me. Make yourself one (or two) soon. You won't regret it.

This recipe is from my sister, Leslie.


  1. i'll second your advice to make two - one is NEVER enough!

  2. I'm trying not to faint away in a dead heap that you do not make your own crust!

    Nevertheless, I can third the notion that this is a super yummy pie... hmmm... I think I have a few bananas waiting to be used.

  3. Oh for goodness sakes! All of this "still nursing Maya who can't handle chocolate and dairy" business has it drawbacks... ;)

  4. I am really hoping this is what you're bringing to the family pie party:)

  5. we pretty much always have this pie in lieu of birthday cake. it is oh so good!

  6. I can tell you that it was excellent.

  7. made an easier version of this for my Relief Society Meeting tonight. i'm sure it won't be as good but i'll let you know how it goes!

  8. We've LOVED this ever since Leslie first made it for us!


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