Ever since my daughter could express herself, she has been an animal lover. She used to stop people walking by our house with their dogs and ask if she could pet them. Her book choices at the library always include at least one animal book. Horses, whales, hedgehogs, naked mole rats – you name it, she wants it as a pet.
But she can’t stand monkeys. I don’t even know when her dislike for monkeys started, but the first time we went to the zoo she told me in no uncertain terms that she did not want to see the monkeys. “You know I hate monkeys, Mommy,” she said. I do?? Monkeys have been very popular on kid’s clothes lately, and she was completely freaked out by this. At her school one of the third grade teachers had decorated her room with all kinds of fun monkey stuff. It would have been very traumatic if she had turned out to be my daughter’s teacher.
This might be the reason she doesn’t eat bananas. But she does like banana pudding, so I could convince her to try this Banana Cream Pie made for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie choice from Amy of Sing for Your Supper. I’ve made lots of banana puddings in my time, but never a banana cream pie. I was excited to try something new, and excited to be using up some of the bananas I bought that were about to cross over to the dark side.
When I made the pie crust and put it in the pan, there were some places around the edge that kind of separated, so I patched them with a little extra dough. After I baked it, though, those places had separated again and ended up leaving holes around the edge of the crust. It was very strange, and I thought I had made this crust recipe before with success, but maybe I was wrong. I’ll try again, I’m sure.
The custard came together and thickened quickly, before even coming to a boil. I did add a little more sour cream to the topping, to give it a little more tang. And once I put the pie together, it was very tasty and the family all enjoyed it. Being a little less traditional banana cream pie with the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, I think it would be hard to compare to the traditional recipe, but is good in its own right. I didn’t hear any raves while they were eating it, so I don’t think my family would beg me to make this again, and I personally prefer a good ol’ banana pudding. If you’re a big fan of banana cream pie, though, this is a fun twist on it that you should definitely make!
If you want to give this a try yourself, you can check out the recipe here.