A quote from our famous US President John F. Kennedy, “We choose to go the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.” His quote inspired me to create this Banana Cream Pie, not because it’s easy but it is hard. Yes, I could have taken short cuts to make this pie by simply using instant pudding as a filling, adding slice bananas in a pre- made pie crust and then smothering cool whip all over the top but, the results would not be same as taking the extra steps and efforts in making this pie from scratch. And that’s the reason why I’ve taken this route to organize and measure the best of my energies and baking skills.
As I said before, the foundation of any great pie is it’s crust. I used my Mom’s Flakey Pie Crust Recipe for this pie. The pie crust can make all difference in determining a good pie from a great one. The pie is baked not once but, twice.
The key component to this pie is the banana. The bananas has to be ripen just right, sweet and a bit firm. If the bananas are over ripe, it will become mushy when slicing it and during the second bake.
The sliced bananas are arrayed in two layers on the bottom and a smaller third layer at the center. The Vanilla Pudding filling made from scratch is added then baked.
The final step is the Whip Cream Mousse topping and sprinkle toasted slice almonds to add some color to the pie.
This pie is my most expensive pie at $35.00 that I sell. It is a delicious banana cream pie and at that price, it better be, right? One bite and you can taste the different components working together to create flavorful experience. The time and effort to make this pie is well worth its price.