Baked Sunday Mornings: Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie

by byn on May 20, 2012

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Right off the top, I feel the need to disclose that I’m not a huge fan of Banana Cream Pie in general. I still wanted to make this for two reasons. One, I love a good peanut butter and banana sandwich, so I thought I could get on board with this pie. Two, this is the pie the Baked boys made on Throwdown! with Bobby Flay (recap of the episode here).

When I went to see Matt & Renato at Williams-Sonoma when Baked Explorations came out, the boys jokingly alluded to the fact that they lost the Throwdown before it even began. Apparently, one of the judges (Rose Levy Beranbaum) doesn’t like peanut butter, so this pie was doomed from the get-go against Bobby’s more traditional take.

Of course I wanted to see for myself, and I can conclude that if you love peanut butter, this pie is delicious, although still not quite enough to push me over the edge into a full-fledged BCP fan. It was oddly easy to pull together, which is always a nice surprise, although it did use up a whole bunch of bowls. These are the components stacked from the bottom up:

  1. Vanilla wafer crust (nice change from the usual graham cracker crust)
  2. Vanilla bean pudding (delicious on it’s own)
  3. Sliced bananas (with a neat trick I’ll explain below)
  4. Peanut butter cream cheese mixture, lightened with whipped cream (yum)
  5. Reese Bites for decoration (much better than chocolate covered peanuts, in my opinion)

The recipe has a trick to keep the bananas from turning black, which is to toss them in orange juice, and then blot them with a paper towel before arranging them on top of the pudding. This scared me because I was nervous I would end up with Peanut Butter Orange Banana Cream Pie, but in the end you can’t even taste the citrus at all. Bananas totally kept their colour, too.

One final note on the timing. I knew that with a multi-layer concoction such as this, it’s better to split everything up so each layer has a chance to do it’s thing (i.e. crust needs to cool, pudding and peanut butter layers need to set). I made the crust yesterday morning, pudding in the afternoon, left that to set all evening, and added the bananas and peanut butter layer when I got home from the movies last night. I left the whole thing in the fridge overnight and it set up perfectly (unlike this hot mess from my Banana Cream Pie-making past), and sliced like a dream this morning.

Hmmm…funny…when I started writing this post I didn’t think I had much to say! ha!

You can find the recipe here!

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels May 26, 2012 at 9:43 am

What a gorgeous pie! And I loovvee the guys from Baked :)

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Littlebakerbunny May 22, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Wow, I watch Throwdown from time from time but I totally missed the banana cream pie episode! The Reese’s Bites garnish is so pretty — what a wonderful-looking pie! I love how neat yours turned out!

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Lydz May 21, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Still love your hot mess pie!

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Elaine May 21, 2012 at 8:23 am

I’m glad you made this even though you’re not a banana cream pie fan. I had forgotten about that Throwdown and now after making this I can’t believe that judge wasn’t even tempted to try it!

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Candy May 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Beautiful! I’ll have to check out the Throwdown episode. Thanks for the link!

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Rebecca May 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Wow. Those are fantastic slices. I could not get my pie to slice that well, even after leaving it in the fridge it turned into a bit of a mush, but a delicious mush.

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Sheri May 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Great trick with the bananas, right? I would have loved this more as a straight banana cream but it sure was fun to make.

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bourbonnatrix May 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

looks beautiful! love your second pic!

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Krissy May 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

WOW! What a great post. I loved reading what you wrote and looking at your photos, and I clicked on the links and they are so fun. Thanks for going the extra mile and sharing so many fun things. Your pie is beautiful and looks perfect.

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kookiecookie May 20, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Beautiful pie!

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frugalfeeding May 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

What an absolutely beautiful and perfectly formed pie :)

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