Saturday, June 21, 2008

Banana Creme Pie

Okay, Remember that Banana Creme Pie? Yeah. I so totally cheat, but it doesn't matter. It's good anyway. Want to know how to make it? I'll tell you. Just don't think I'm cheap. Even if I am.

I call it Cheaper than Rachael Ray Banana Creme Pie. (Cheaper than she is, because she cuts corners wherever she can. And I cut the corners off of corners in this recipe.) This recipe is so cheap that I think Little Monster might be able to make it. He helps me with all but the cream part.

Cheaper than Rachael Ray Banana Creme Pie:

You need

1 pre-made graham cracker crust
1 banana
1 package of Instant Banana Creme Pudding (two if using my home-made crust, recipe below)
Milk (enough to follow pie directions on Jello Box)
Cool Whip

Are you ready for this? I'm not sure you can handle it. Wait a minute. Yes. Yes, you can.

  1. Open the Pie Crust. Be careful not to cut yourself on either the plastic or the foil.
  2. Peel the banana. (Whew! Are you sweating yet? I am!)
  3. Cut the banana into bite sized pieces, and put them in the bottom of the crust.
  4. Give the rest of the banana bits to your toddler.
  5. Mix pudding in a bowl, following the PIE directions on the box.
  6. Pour into pie crust on top of bananas.
  7. Dump cool whip onto pudding. Or, I use my Pampered Chef, EZ accent decorator and make it look pretty.
  8. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

That's a lot of steps. I know, but it's okay. You can do this one. The first time I made this pie, my husband came home, and said "Hey? Where did you buy that pie?" When I told him I made it, he assumed it was because we were going to some pot-luck. When he found out I made it just for him, we ate the whole thing. In one sitting. And then we felt sick. But it was sooo good. The second time I made it, he ate the entire pie almost entirely by himself. And swore he'd love me forever if I did nothing but make him that pie. But that time, I made it with my own crust. I would use two boxes of pudding if you use the crust below, though.

Graham Cracker Crust

A bunch of graham crackers
Some sugar (optional)
1 stick of butter or margarine.

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Melt Butter
  3. put graham crackers in Osterizer blender and blend until they are fine crumbs. You need about 1 3/4 cups
  4. Put about 1/4 cup sugar in Osterizer (or use about 1/4 cup powdered sugar) and blend with the graham crackers.
  5. Mix the cracker/sugar mix and melted butter in a bowl until crumbs are wet, then press into a deep dish pie pan in an even layer.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.

Make the pie using the directions above.

It is good. And it is easy. Because that's how I do things. If it is too hard, or takes too long, I get bored, and things burn. But give me a recipe that looks professional with cheap ingredients and 10 minutes (or less) of work, and I'm ALL about it!


Ashlee said...

Mmmm....banana cream pie....

Sounds delish! Thanks for the recipe!

Kristine said...

Yummmmm...I love banana pie!

Candid Engineer said...

I make one just like this, except- and this may blow your mind- I cut up a second banana and put it on top of the cool whip. Delish! :o)

McKenzie said...

Yum-o! I hate Rachael Ray. She's too chipper.

Thanks for posting that. I could probably eat this by myself, but since I'm not pregnant anymore it would probably be classified as gross and not pregnancy-cute. I shall make it tonight and see what happens.

katedaphne said...

I {heart} Rachael Ray. Because she tells you not to measure stuff. "Just eyeball it." I love having permission to do what I was going to do anyway!

Your pie sounds pretty good, but d'you think it would work with chocolate pudding? :)

Vanessa said...

Mmmm. Pie. I heart pie.

Kellyann said...

The best part of my thanksgiving growing up was always my mom's chocolate pudding pie very simular to your banana cream. When I grew up and began making it for friends and my husband's family you would think that I had slaved for hours and make the most complex desert in hisotry! Not that I was going to correct them!

Juicy said...

That sounds delicious and just easy enough for me to handle! I'm bookmarking this entry so I can return to it again. Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

i'm stoked because i can't have chocolate anymore, so this is perfect!

Kristi said...

Oh, I love a man so pleased by pie! My husbands favorites are not so easy. Rack of lamb. Creme brulee. Bread pudding. What can I say, he's a first-born golden boy. Your pie reminds me of my moms chocolate pudding and cool whip pie, my childhood favorite. Mmmm.