Banana cream pie

Time Active work time: 1 hour Total preparation time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yields Serves 8
Banana cream pie
(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Combine sugar, salt, cornstarch and flour in medium saucepan. Stir in milk until blended. Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until cream begins to simmer and thicken. Boil 1 minute. Add a little hot mixture to yolks and return all yolk mixture to pan. Heat and stir until mixture thickens, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Cover custard with plastic wrap and cool slightly.


Spoon half of custard into Master pie shell. Top with banana slices. Spoon remaining custard over top of bananas, spreading evenly over top.


Spoon and swirl meringue over top of pie. Sprinkle with almonds. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.

You can make delicious Graham Cracker Cream Pies using the Banana Cream Pie recipe. Make Filling for Banana Cream Pie recipe, omitting bananas and almonds. Crush 10 whole graham crackers and combine all but 2 tablespoons of them in a bowl with 1/4 cup sugar. Stir in 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter to make crumbly mixture. Pat that mixture into 9-inch pie plate and bake at 350 degrees 10 minutes. Let cool before filling. Spoon in cream filling, then top with Basic meringue. Sprinkle with reserved graham cracker crumbs before baking. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes.
To make one of those glorious mile-high cream pies, multiply the Basic meringue recipe by 1 1/2.

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