Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Chocolate Banana Cream Slice

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Chocolate + Banana’s = HEAVEN!
What’s better, chocolate banana cream pie is super easy to make from scratch!

Did you know banana cream pie is so good it even has it’s own day? Yep, that’s right, banana cream pie day is March 2nd. While you can raise your fork to celebrate this dessert on March 2nd, I say why only do it one day when you could do it everyday?

The history of this dessert is a guess. We know it’s American and has evolved from our French and British roots. Traditionally it’s made with a thin shortcrust pastry filled with thick creamy custard and topped with whipped cream. The creamy custard pudding which makes up its center is similar to creme patisserie, the center of many French tarts. That’s were the similarities end. As American’s, we have modified this dessert to meet our love of sweets. We changed the the crust to a cookie crust and topped the pie with lots and lots of whipped cream Just the way we American’s like it!

Chocolate Banana Cream Slice
Chocolate Banana Cream Slice

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Ingredient Notes:

Below are notes on specific ingredients. Some of the notes are recommendations and others are places where you can adjust the recipe to your personal preference.

  • Vanilla wafer crust – I choose a vanilla wafer crust for the 50’s nostalgia of banana cream pie. If you prefer another crust it’s very easy to substitute with graham cracker, Oreo’s, butter cookies, or even ginger snaps. All are great options.
  • Butter – Good old fashioned butter works best. Lately I have been loving two brands, Kerry Gold and Vital Farms . They are more expensive, but they are more humane. Until I commit to being a vegan, I try to buy the free range brands as often as possible.
  • Chocolate – Use bittersweet chocolate, preferably 60% to 70% cacao. If you happen to have regular chocolate chips feel free to use those too. This recipe is very accepting of all kinds of chocolate.
  • Dark or amber rum – Adds a depth of flavor to the custard. If you do not have rum you can substitute with vanilla.
  • Banana’s – I used perfectly ripe banana’s for this recipe. It allows me to store the chocolate banana cream pie in the refrigerator for up to three days. If your plan on eating this pie the same day you make it, you can use banana’s that are further long in the ripe stage.
  • Imitation banana flavor (optional) – Because I love banana flavor, I wanted to give the pie a boost by using imitation banana flavor. However, imitation flavors can go very wrong very easily — and ruin your dessert. For this pie, I eyeballed 1/2 of a 1/4 teaspoon and that was just the right amount to boost the banana flavor, without tasting artificial.
  • Confectioners’ sugar – This sugar is used in the whipped cream. It might seem like an odd choice, however it helps to provide extra stiffness to the whipped cream. Which helps the pipping holding its shape longer than traditional sugar.
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Popular Variations

There have been many different versions of banana cream pie over the years. I personally prefer the black bottom variation.

  • Black bottom – Divides the puddings into two flavors, with chocolate on the bottom. This recipe is a black bottom banana cream pie.
  • Full chocolate– This can be a black bottom pie or where entire pie is chocolate pudding.
  • Coconut – The recipe below can easily be made into coconut by spreading a generous amount of toasted coconut across the top.
  • Old fashioned – Old fashioned banana cream pie is amazing! You can easily modify this recipe to be an old fashioned banana cream pie by making one batch of pudding and replacing the rum with vanilla extract.
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Bite
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Bite

Tips for Making Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

This pie is so easy to make and is the perfect treat. Here are a few tips to making this pie….

  1. The actual work of making this pie is maybe 20 minutes. However, the crust has to set and then pudding has to set. For all of this to come together, it is best to make the banana cream pie in stages over a couple of hours. The nice thing is if you need to run an errand and it takes longer than expected, you can pick up right where left off, because none of the baking stages are time limit dependent.

  2. I used a food processor to achieve a fine crumb. This is my favorite food processor. If you do not have a food processor, you an achieve a fine crumb by placing the cookies in a freezer bag and crushing them with a rolling pin. Just make sure you remove the air from the bag first :).

  3. When making the pudding, it is easier to think of making one large batch and then dividing the batch into two. One half of the batch becomes the chocolate pudding and the other half of the batch becomes the rum pudding.

  4. I recommend using a 9-inch pie or tart pan. I prefer the tart pan because it’s easy to remove the pie from the pan.

  5. When assembling the pie, think of it as three layers. The chocolate pudding layer, the banana layer, and then the rum pudding layer. All of these layers are then topped with whipped cream.

  6. Have fun with the decoration! I pipped whipped cream and placed banana’s in the peaks. It was retro for sure. Other idea’s include:

    • Using a vegetable peeler and shaving chocolate curls from a chocolate bar.
    • Pipping whipped cream stars.
    • Placing vanilla wafers in the whipped cream dots, starts or flowers.
    • Zig-zagging chocolate sauce across each top for a 50’s look.
    • Spreading toasted coconut in a thick layer across the top.

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Pre-Assembly
Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Pre-Assembly

Recipe credit: Rachel Ray

Great British Baking Show Bake
Season 1, Episode 5, Showstopper – Tarts

Before I get into this bake let me just say — Oh. My. God!!!! I did it, I baked every competition of season 1! I am sooooo proud of me!!! But not just because I have completed 16 bakes specifically from the TV show. I am proud of me because I have done something so very foreign to myself. I have challenged myself to learn an entire new world, blogging. I am excited about all I am learning and I hope that there might be a person or two reading this and enjoying the journey with me.

About this bake. I loved it. It was so easy for me because I learned the skills during the pudding challenge when I made this Buddino. I honestly felt like someone who knew what they were doing. Even better, I have so much baking stuff that once the tart pan arrived (this is technically a tart), that I had all the ingredients in my pantry. It was easy peezy. What’s better? It was soooooooooo good. I gave most of it away thanks to my expanding waistline. But I still wished I could have eaten it all. Banana cream pie just does not get enough credit for how amazing it is!

Side note – I know, my decorating was 70’s and in my head I could hear Paul Hollywood saying something about the decorations. However, banana cream pie is retro, so I decided to own it!😊

GBBO Count: 16 down, 262 to go!

Chocolate Banana Cream Slice

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Chocolate + Banana's = HEAVEN! It is the formula for the perfect dessert… chocolate banana cream pie. My mouth is already watering!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Setting Time 4 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

Equipment

  • 9-inch pie plate or tart pan
  • Food Processor

Ingredients
  

Crust

Pudding

Whipped Cream

Instructions
 

Crust

  • Place the vanilla wafers and a pinch of salt in a food processor. Using long pulses, ground the wafers into a fine crumb.
  • Melt 5 tablespoons of butter and add to the vanilla wafer/salt mix. Pulse the everything together to fully incorporate the butter.
  • Transfer the crumbs to the pie dish or tart pan. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and sides. Place the pie dish or tart pan into the freezer to set. This should take an hour.

Pudding

  • Place the chocolate in a bowl and set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat whisk together the milk, sugar, cornstarch and a pinch of salt.
  • Continue whisking and add the egg yokes until the pudding boils and is very thick, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and divide the pudding in half (this can be a rough estimate)
  • Pour 1/2 half of the pudding over the chocolate and let stand. Keep the other half of the pudding in the saucepan.
  • The pudding that is in the saucepan, whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cold butter. Stir in the rum and transfer heatproof bowl. This is your rum pudding.
    Refrigerate until well chilled, stirring occasionally, about 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, stir the chocolate pudding until fully incororated. Than stir in 1 tbsp. cream and the vanilla. Remove the pie shell from the freezer and spread the chocolate pudding across the bottom. Refrigerate to firm up, about 30 minutes.
  • Cut the banana's into equal sized slices, about a ¼ inch thick. Remove the pie shell from the refrigertor and create a layer of banana slices.
    Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Banana Layer
  • Remove the rum pudding from the refridgartor and add the banana extract if desired. Whisk to fully incorporate. Spoon the rum pudding on top of the banana layer. Refrigerate for two hours to set.
  • Whip the remaining cream with the confectioners sugar until it forms soft peaks. Spoon or pipe on top of the banana cream pie.

Notes

  • Chocolate – Use bittersweet chocolate, preferably 60% to 70% cacao. If you happen to have regular chocolate chips feel free to use those too. This recipe is very accepting of all kinds of chocolate.  
  • Imitation banana flavor (optional) – Because I love banana flavor, I wanted to give it a boost using imitation banana flavor. However, imitation flavors can go very wrong very easily and ruin your dessert. For this pie, I eyeballed 1/2 of a 1/4 teaspoon and that was just the right amount to boost the banana flavor, without tasting artificial.  
  • Pudding batches – When making the pudding, it is easier to think of making one large batch and then dividing the batch into two. One half of the batch becomes the chocolate pudding and the other half of the batch becomes the rum pudding.  
  • Assembly – When assembling the pie, think of it as three layers. The chocolate pudding layer, the banana layer, and then the rum pudding layer. Then top with whipped cream.
 
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Keyword Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate, Dessert, Pudding, Retro
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