Thursday, April 15, 2010

Banana Cream Pie

This pie is SOOO yummy, and really easy to make!  I have been craving bananas I went searching for a pie recipe.  This one is a step above your general pudding/graham cracker crust recipe.  The sweetened condensed milk is a good addition!  This one comess from Our Best Bites.  On the recipe they also offer a Chunky Monkey variation, which sounds amazing and I will be trying!

1 4-serving size box of instant chocolate or vanilla pudding
1 c. cold water
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
2 cookie crusts. You can use anything--graham crackers, Nilla Wafers, shortbread, even Oreo.
Lots of bananas
1 pint whipping cream
1/3 c. powdered sugar

In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix, cold water, and sweetened condensed milk. Mix well and place in the refrigerator to chill for a few minutes. In another bowl, whip 1 c. of whipping cream until soft peaks form.

Slice the bananas (probably 4 small bananas or 2 large bananas) and layer them on the bottom of the crusts. Be sure and save the plastic domes that come with the pie crusts--you'll need them later!

Set aside. Remove pudding from the fridge and gently dollop the whipped cream on top of the pudding. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until well-combined.

Now divide the mixture between the two pies.

Prepare sweetened whipped cream with the remaining whipping cream and 1/3 c. of powdered sugar and spread it on top of the two pies. (I actually cheated and just used Cool Whip on top)  Place the clear plastic shells back on the pies and allow to chill for several hours.

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