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Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie

Author Food and Wine Magazine 2011



  • 1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs about 7 ounces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

Filling and Topping:

  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 1-2 medium bananas sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • chocolate shavings for garnish


  1. Make the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar, cinnamon, slat and melted butter and pulse until the crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs evenly into a 9- to 10-inch, deep-dish glass or ceramic pie plate. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the crust is lightly browned and set. Let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, make the filling in a large saucepan (preferably with a rounded bottom), combine the granulated sugar with the cornstarch, egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the milk and whisk until smooth. whisk in the remaining 2 cups of milk and cook over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until the custard is very thick, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla extract until the butter is melted. Pour half o the vanilla custard into a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk the copped chocolate into the custard in the saucepan until it is melted. Spread the chocolate custard evenly in the pie crust and top with the sliced bananas. Carefully spread the vanilla custard over the bananas. Refrigerate the banana cream pie until it is well chilled, at least 6 hours and preferably overnight.
  4. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream with the confectioners' sugar until it is softly whipped. Mound the whipped cream on top of the pie. Garnish the banana cream pie with chocolate shavings and serve.

Recipe Notes

-To make ahead, prepare the crust a few days early and the custard the day before serving. Then put it all together early on Thanksgiving day. All it has to do is sit in the fridge and rest until you are done stuffing yourself with the big feast, and are ready for dessert.