Copycat Recipes | November 13, 2021

The Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

The Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie is a show stopping dessert. The first layer of creamy cheesecake is nestled in a Biscoff and graham cracker crust. Next, a layer of bananas , creamy vanilla custard, whipped cream, and finished with warm caramel sauce.  If your love language is PIE, you’re going to be over the top in love with ABK’s copycat of The Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie.

Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

Completely homemade or shortcut version, you choose!

This pie is a completely made-from-scratch homemade dessert. Each bite and layer is filled with a special combination of ingredients to make this heavenly treat. At first glance, you may think this recipe is too complicated to tackle. But a closer look will reveal that it is really just a few simple layers that are made in stages. That said, if you want to go the semi-homemade route, I will give you options for making this dessert with prepared short-cut items.

The Dodo Banana Cream Pie

If you choose to take the homemade option, you’ll take your dessert to the next level! Don’t let this pie overwhelm you. Think of each component as a layer of love!  I HIGHLY suggest making the crust, cheesecake layer and vanilla custard one day, and assembling the pie the following day. 

Dodo Banana Pie with Caramel Sauce

What is the Dodo?

The Dodo Restaurant is a SLC institution. Originally opened in 1981, it has moved a few times from 9th East location, to downtown and is now settled in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake. The Dodo was also the name of a bird, now extinct, which is included in the branding for the Dodo Restaurant! The bird is extinct, but the Dodo is alive and well in Utah!

Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

There’s a reason DESSERTS are the first category listed on The Dodo website. This Toll House Pie from the Dodo is a crowd pleaser and one of the easiest pies you’ll ever make. The Dodo Toll House Pie was the inspiration when I posted my recipe years ago!

Original Toll House Pie

My daughter,  Female Foodie recently featured the Dodo Coconut Coffee Cake with Caramel Sauce (below) which also won accolades as a top rated dessert. Years ago Brooke told me about the Dodo banana cream cheese pie and said “you have to make a copycat!”  I made a trip to the Dodo, just to taste this pie. One bite and I knew she was right. This dessert needed to have a permanent place on the ABK website! It took me a few years, but here we are.

Female Foodie’s Coconut Coffee Cake with Caramel Sauce
Dodo Copycat recipe!

Since this dessert has several components, I thought you might like to see the step-by-step process for making the Dodo Banana Pie. The cheesecake can be made up to 3 days before serving, longer if frozen! The custard can be made up to 3 days before serving, as well as whipping the cream and making the caramel sauce. Just store in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to assemble.

How to make the Dodo Banana Pie
making step 1&2 of the Dodo pie: crust and cheesecake layer
Cream Cheese Pie
Step 3: bake the cheesecake, let cool completely
step 4: make the custard and let cool completely
Bananas on banana cream pie
step 5: arrange the bananas on top
Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie Recipe
Step 6-9: Spoon on custard, let chill for 6 hours. Make caramel sauce. Whip cream. Assemble and serve.

I started working on this recipe in 2019 and I am so happy to say it’s finally perfected! The first time I made The Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie, it disappeared in minutes at our annual family pie night. This homemade version of the Dodo Banana Cream Cheese pie has earned a permanant place on our dessert table for years to come!

How to make The Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie:

  • Mix crust ingredients together and press in large pie plate and bake.
  • Mix cheesecake layer together, pour and bake.
  • While cheesecake is baking, make custard;  cover and place in the fridge to cool. 
  • Remove cheesecake from the oven and let cool on the counter. Cover and refrigerate. 
  • Make caramel sauce, refrigerate for later. 
  • Assemble pie by layering bananas on top of chilled cheesecake.
  • Spoon the custard layer over the bananas. Chill for at least 6 hours.
  • When ready to serve, top with whipped cream.
  • Warm the caramel sauce , serve with pie.

*TIPS FOR SUCCESS* when making the Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie:

Most important tips besides using quality ingredients when making this pie…Patience and time management. Custard can be tricky. I found that 1/4 cup plus one tablespoon is the perfect amount of thickener for this custard. I have had readers report their custard did not thicken. This is most likely due to not cooking long enough or trying to cook too quickly. If you have had issues with the custard setting up, try using 1/3 cup of cornstarch next time.

I highly recommend making the custard a day early and allowing the cheesecake layer to sit in fridge a day before assembling as well. It is best to let the layers set up after assembly for a full 6 hours before serving for best results.

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The Dodo Banana Cream Cheese Pie Recipe

A copycat of the Dodo restaurant Banana Cream Cheese Pie. Layers of cheesecake, fresh bananas, homemade custard, whipping cream and topped with a warm caramel sauce. Good at the restaurant, amazing homemade!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana pudding, caramel sauce, copycat recipe, custard, dodo restaurant, holidays, pie
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
cool time, refrigeration time 7 hours
Total Time 9 hours
Servings 8

Ingredients

Pie crust:

  • 2 cups crushed graham crackers or a combination of Biscoff and Graham crackers see recipe notes
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cream cheese filling:

  • 2- 8 oz packages cream cheese, room temperature not low fat (the pie will not set up properly)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Banana layer:

  • 6-7 medium size bananas, sliced Barely ripe to prevent browning.

Vanilla custard:

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated (white) sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cornstarch* see recipe notes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons butter cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Whipped cream topping:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Easy Caramel topping:

  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

For the Crust and Cheesecake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees set the rack in middle of the oven.
  2. Mix the crushed graham and Biscoff crumbs with melted butter and sugar. Press into the bottom and sides of a 10×2 inch pie plate. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.

  3. Combine room temperature cream cheese, eggs, sugar, vanilla and lemon juice in a bowl. Mix until smooth.

  4. Pour into the crust.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until set in middle.

  6. Remove and let cool completely or refrigerate, covered until the next day when assembling.

For the Custard:

  1. Whisk eggs and yolk in a small bowl, set aside.
  2. Place milk, sugar, cornstarch and salt in a heavy saucepan. Mix together with a whisk.

  3. Turn heat to medium high and place the saucepan on heat. Cook mixture for about 5 minutes, whisking while cooking to prevent milk and sugar from burning. Let the mixture come to a gentle boil while stirring.

  4. After the mixture has cooked for about 5-7 minutes and has thickened, remove from heat. This cooking process may take up to 10 minutes. Do not rush it!
  5. Using a 1/4 cup measure, remove some of the cooked milk mixture and pour a stream of the cooked milk into the beaten eggs while mixing the eggs with a fork. Repeat about 3 times so 3/4 cup of cooked milk is mixed into the eggs.
  6. After the eggs have been tempered*, add the egg mixture to the hot milk mixture in the saucepan. Whisk until milk mixture and eggs are incorporated.
  7. Place the saucepan with the custard back on the stove and cook over medium heat until the mixture reaches a gentle boil again. Cook for about 2 minutes while whisking.
  8. Remove from heat. Add the butter and vanilla to the custard.

  9. Pour the mixture into a bowl and press a piece of plastic wrap onto the custard to prevent a film from forming on the top of the custard. Place in the refrigerator and let cool completely for about 1 hour.

For the Whipping Cream:

  1. Whip the heavy cream until peaks form, then beat in powdered sugar, refrigerate in covered bowl until ready to serve.

For the Caramel:

  1. In a small heavy saucepan combine brown sugar, water and lemon juice. Bring to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally until slightly thickened and bubbly.
  2. Stir in whipping cream, butter and vanilla. Cool sauce completely. The sauce will thicken as it cools.

  3. Cover and store in the fridge for up to three days. (I pour into a small jelly jar) Bring to room temperature and warm just before serving.

Assembly:

  1. When ready to assemble the pie, lay the bananas sideways (instead of the traditional way of laying flat) in a tight spiral on top of the cheesecake layer (as shown in the photo).
  2. Spoon the custard over the bananas and smooth gently to edges. The custard will form a bit of a mound. Cover the custard with Saran Wrap and refrigerate for 6 hours to set. It is ok for the Saran Wrap to lay directly on the custard. This will prevent the custard from forming a “skin” on top when refrigerated.
  3. When ready to serve, top the pie with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Recipe Notes

  • Best to eat this pie within 1-2 days.
  • Make sure to let the cheesecake layer cool completely before layering on bananas. 
  • I purchase banana that are barely ripe to prevent browning. If you are concerned about the bananas becoming brown, brush 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice on the bananas before topping with custard. 
  • I use a 10 inch x 2 inch deep pie plate for the Dodo pie. The standard pie plate is 9.5 inches which is a little small for this dessert. 
  • 1 cup of graham crackers = about 7 graham cracker rectangles. 1 cup of Biscoff = 14 cookies
  • I like to use slightly under ripe bananas to prevent browning. Some prefer to use sweeter ripe bananas.
  • Tips for making custard:

    -Make sure to add the cornstarch to the pan of milk, sugar and salt while the milk is cold. If you try to add the cornstarch directly to the milk after it has been heated, the cornstarch will form lumps in the milk mixture.

     

    -To temper the eggs is to add the hot liquid from the custard to the beaten eggs a little at a time in a slow stream. If you were to add the eggs directly to the hot custard, the eggs would curdle and your custard would be dotted with small pieces of scrambled egg. Slowly adding a bit of the hot custard to the egg will avoid issues with the egg cooking too quickly. When the custard has been added to the eggs slowly, it is safe to add the egg mixture back to the pan of warm custard and continue cooking.

    – Some readers have reported their custard did not set up. I suspect this is because the custard was not cooked long enough, or the heat was turned up a bit too high. If you are concerned about custard not setting up, instead of the 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon, you may use 1/3 cup of cornstarch instead. It is slightly more than the called for 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon and will help thicken the filling a bit! 

  • Shortcut method: Purchase a pre made graham cracker crust. Purchase a cheesecake in the freezer section.. Use one large box of instant vanilla pudding substituting half whipping cream for milk. (See pudding box directions) or follow directions on box for pie filling instead of pudding. Heavy whipping cream for topping. I do not recommend Cool Whip. Mrs Richardson’s or another brand of good quality caramel topping.

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  1. This sounds amazing. I’m traveling the day before Thanksgiving and won’t have a lot of time to cook once I reach my sister’s house. I’m wondering if I could make all the components ahead of time snd just assemble the pie on Thursday. Besides the whipped cream. I’m also wondering if I buy two premade crusts if the filling amounts would be enough for two of those little pies. Or maybe I should do 1.5 times the recipe. I was thinking I could buy Graham cracker crusts and sprinkle on some crushed biscoff cookies before putting the cheesecake filling in. Then I could bake that and take that with me to Vegas, along with a container of the custard and one with the caramel. What do you think?

    1. Hi Emily,
      If you are making the custard ahead, I would definitely take the few minutes to make the crust ahead! It will keep for days. Yes, the filling will transport if refrigerated. If you really want to use store bought crust, I’d 1.5 the filing as you suggested. You can skip the Biscoff, I love it in the crust, but totally not necessary! Let us know how this turns out!
      Happy Thanksgiving,
      XO
      Si

  2. 5 stars
    Our family is all about a great pie so I was really excited to try this one. I made exactly as the recipe states including adding biscoff for crust and tempering eggs (a first). I made The crust the night before then made the custard in the morning so pie was able to refrigerate for at least six hours. This was in my families top three pies we’ve ever had…definitely lick the plate worthy and you’ll feel like a pastry chef when serving it! One of my daughters who loves creamy textures is going to try just making the custard with the caramel sauce on top. Everything I’ve made from A Bountiful Kitchen (thanks Si) has been amazing and this dessert is at the top of the list!!

    1. Thanks for your comments, Julie!
      This pie is getting rave reviews from my family and friends also. The Biscoff in the crust and the homemade custard is incredible. Thank you for your comments and so glad your family licked the plate as well!
      xo,
      Si

    1. Hi Maddie,

      No need to refrigerate the cheesecake before assembly, unless you want to make the pie in stages over a couple of days. The cheesecake should always be stored in the fridge after cooling! Hope this helps.
      XO
      Si

  3. 4 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I made this for an early family Thanksgiving last night. It was a huge hit on taste. 10/10 I did not have the time to refrigerate for the 6 hours as suggested in the recipe after adding the custard so it didn’t hold up to serving as well as I would have liked, but nobody cared about how it looked on their plates, they all loved it.

    Thank you!

      1. Thank you Holly! That happened to me as well the first time – not enough time for the custard to set up. But every piece disappeared! Happy Thanksgiving!
        XO
        Si

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks to Si for figuring it out, I finally made the “Dodo” banana cream cheese pie this last week.
    For those of you “ Dodo” patrons, this copy cat recipe is right on! My son even said he liked my pie better than the restaurant’s!
    Just follow Si’s detailed instructions, and you can’t go wrong!
    Oh ya, I almost forgot to top it off with the caramel!
    This decadent dessert is “hands down” the best ever!

    1. Thanks Allison! So happy your son loved this pie 🙂 Good to hear from a Dodo regular!
      And while I think this pie is amazing without the caramel, I think it really takes it over the top! I appreciate your review!
      XO
      Si

  5. 4 stars
    A combination of my 2 favorite desserts-banana cream pie and cheesecake! This pie was a huge hit at my Thanksgiving dinner. So good, and really quite easy. I made it twice this week and will be keeping this recipe in my permanent binder.

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! This pie was incredibly delicious! It was by far one of the best pie recipes I’ve ever made. And I make some good pies 😂. The instruction on this recipe is written so well. I wasn’t ever confused about any of the steps and the tips at the end were super helpful as well. I did the half graham cracker crust and half Biscoff and it was divine! Each layer was so easy and came together so well. I love piping a whipped cream topping, so that was the only thing I did that was different. This will be a Thanksgiving pie staple for years to come. Everyone raved about it Thank you so much for sharing such a great recipe!

    1. Emmy,
      Glad to an experienced baker and pie maker loved this recipe! Love the idea of piping on the whipping cream- so fancy!
      Thanks for sharing details about making this pie 🙂
      XO
      Si

  7. 5 stars
    The minute Si published this recipe, I knew I needed to make it for Thanksgiving! Although I’ve never had the Dodo’s version, anything with cheesecake and bananas is a home run for me. This pie was gone within minutes at Thanksgiving dinner. I had to grab my slice first (and I should have cut another piece for me to save for later before it was devoured). As Si notes, the standard pie plate is a little small for this recipe. I had leftover custard and whipped cream. I tried to add it all, but it ended up spilling over. Just use what you need and set the rest aside. It will make for less of a mess. I also ended up cooking the cheesecake about ten minutes longer than the recipe called for (!). That may have just been an issue with my oven. All in all, this was fantastic. I will definitely be saving this recipe to make again next year!

    1. Aley,
      Thanks so much for your review! Yes, this filling is a little too much for a standard pie plate, I’ve had a couple of people tell me they made a little mini layered custard & cream with the extra. Thanks for sharing your experience here, and thank you for reading ABK!
      XO
      Si

  8. 5 stars
    This pie may see overwhelming but with your easy step by step makes of so doable and worth it! Thank you. I knocked my families socks off with this one on Thanksgiving. It’s incredible!

  9. 5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving! Was worried it didn’t cook all the way through, but the end result was a banana pudding inspired pie and it was really hard to mess this recipe up.

    The homemade caramel was the proverbial cherry on top, and equally hard to mess up. I put all of the ingredients in the pan at first by accident and it still turned out lovely.

    Remember to thoroughly thaw your cream cheese before blending so that the batter is smooth.

    I’ll make this again for sure! View my story on making this @shannonleeingrocery

    1. Hi Shannon,
      I agree the homemade caramel topping really takes this pie to the next level! And yes, room temperature cream cheese is essential!
      Thanks for your feedback 🙂
      XO
      Si

  10. 5 stars
    Made this for Thanksgiving this year and it was so delicious! It was pretty easy to make since I gave myself a couple day head start as well. Everyone who tried it loved it! Best pie I’ve ever made!

  11. 5 stars
    I made this pie!! It was sooooo awesome! My whole family loved it! I followed all the steps and layers, making everything from scratch. Notes from my own kitchen: I did need to cook the cheesecake much longer, prob 15-20 min. longer. Was it an issue with my oven? More than likely. I did use super large homegrown chicken eggs so that might have made a difference, also, in baking the cream cheese layer. I just continued to bake the cream cheese layer until it was set. The caramel sauce also took longer to cook on my glass cooktop. I believe it was due to having the temperature lower; not a bad thing, I just didn’t want it to scorch! I thought at first my caramel sauce was too runny but my arm was tired (LOL) and I stopped; however, I left the sauce sit at room temperature for a few hours and it thickened naturally! It was the perfect topping!! Don’t skip the homemade caramel sauce topping! Thank you so much for creating and sharing this recipe, Si ❤️

    1. Monica,
      I have heard this from a few readers about the cook time for the cheesecake. In my oven, the time is right on, but I will adjust the recipe. Also, same with the caramel. The last time I made it I added another tablespoon of butter and I think that helped it thicken a bit better. I appreciate your feedback thank you so much!
      XO
      Si

  12. 5 stars
    Si,
    Amazing pie!!! My family went nuts! I think this might be their new favorite. Thank you for all the tips…my pie set up perfectly. Patience!😍
    Mary

  13. 5 stars
    This pie is amazing! My family really enjoyed eating it. It is worth the time it takes to follow each step. It is not a difficult pie to make, it’s just a process. Be prepared to follow each step and give yourself time for the custard to cool and the pie to set up. Thanks Si!

    1. Hi Emily,
      I think the biggest stumbling block while making this pie is not allowing enough time for the layers to set up. I haven’t talked to a person yet who doesn’t love it! Thanks for your review!
      XO
      Si

  14. 5 stars
    This pie was a hit at my house! Even the declared banana haters loved it! So delicious and really not that difficult if you follow the recipe closely. I will be making this again.

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