Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving and Pie

We had a great thanksgiving with lots of food and lots of family. I was in charge of two pies so I thought I'd share one of them with you. It's from the cook book I got from blogging for books a while ago. The book is called Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen.

White Chocolate-Banana Cream Pie

2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar

In a bowl, stir the crumbs, sugar and butter together until the mixture becomes dark brown and the crumbs are fully coated.

Press them into a 9 inch pie pan. (This makes enough for a deep dish pie pan. You can also cut this in half and make a regular 9 inch pie.)

White Chocolate Layer:
6 ounces white baking chocolate. I used Ghirardelli.
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup half and half

In a sauce pan, melt the white chocolate and butter in the half and half over low heat. Stir until smooth.

Pour mixture into the cooled crust and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
(My dad and I were talking and decided it might set up a little better with out the butter in it. If you try that, let me know how it goes in the comments!)

1 1/2 cups half and half
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch
3 large egg yolks
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 banana (or more if you like)
8 ounces whipped cream

While the crust is cooling, prepare the filling: In a bowl, whisk together the half and half, sugar, cornstarch, and egg yolks. Mix well and then pour into a medium sauce pan. Stir over medium-low heat. Whisk it constantly, you don't want the eggs to curdle. Remove from the heat and pour it into a bowl and cover with the plastic wrap. Chill it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Layer the bananas on the white chocolate layer
then put the pie filling on top
and then the whipped cream.

If you want to make it look a little more fancy, you can use the extra chocolate and a zester to shave the chocolate on top.

Keep this pie in the fridge until you're ready to serve it. It tends to get runny after setting at room temperature for a little while.

Pie is one of my favorite things at thanksgiving dinner. My mom's pies are the absolute best and while this one is pretty good, nothing beats Mom's pie. What's your thanksgiving must have? Comment below to share.

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