Banana Cream Cheesecake Pie #ProgessiveEats

Banana Cream Cheesecake Pie

Virtual Progressive Dinner

I have joined forces with some of my talented blogger friends to share a progressive dinner with you each month. Barb, of Creative Culinary, gets credit for dreaming up this concept and rounding up this terrific group. The theme for our July party is Summer in the South, and our hostess is the lovely Lana of Never Enough Thyme. Being a northerner and all, I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d cook up for this gathering, but as expected, I gravitated towards desserts. I remembered one of my Sunday Supper friends, Serena, had recently shared a recipe for an exquisite Banana Pudding Cheesecake. I knew the picky husband would gobble it up. I had my plan!

Banana Cream Cheesecake Pie

The Melding of Two Terrific Desserts

When I think of Southern cuisine, my mind goes to comfort food. And what’s more comforting than a cream pie topped with sweetened whipped cream? Maybe one where the custard is made even richer by the addition of cream cheese? Yup, that’s exactly what I did.  A combination of  your classic banana cream pie and cheesecake. It was definitely hubby approved. My oldest stopped by for dinner and took a couple slices home with him. I’m certain he and his housemate licked their plates clean. You will, too!

Notes: I used Martha Stewart’s pâte brisée recipe for this pie crust. I always add a tablespoon of sugar to my pastry recipe when baking it up for a dessert. Another trick when making cream pies is to spread a layer of melted chocolate, white chocolate in this case, over the bottom of the crust. It prevents the crust from getting soggy when you can’t eat the whole pie in one sitting.

Banana Cream Cheesecake Pie

Banana Cream Cheesecake Pie #ProgessiveEats
Ingredients
Adapted from Serena Bakes Simply from Scratch
  • 1 pastry crust, homemade (I used Martha Stewart's pate brisee with a touch of sugar added) or store bought, baked and cooled
  • 1 ounce white chocolate, finely chopped
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, whisked
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • Sweetened whipped cream and banana slices, to serve
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, carefully melt the white chocolate by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating at 15 second intervals, if needed, till smooth. Brush melted chocolate over bottom of cooled pie crust and let rest till chocolate is firm.
  2. In a large saucepan whisk together sugar with flour and salt until well combined. Slowly whisk in milk until smooth.
  3. Bring mixture to a simmer while stirring over medium heat. Cook until mixture is thickened.
  4. Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle a bit of the hot liquid into the yolks to temper them. Slowly add the rest of the mixture to the eggs, whisking continuously till all the liquid is added.
  5. Add egg yolk mixture back to the pan and continue to stir while returning mixture to a simmer. Cook until thickened like to the consistency of pudding. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  6. Beat cream cheese until very smooth. Add custard to cream cheese and mix until well combined.
  7. Cover bottom of crust with half of custard mixture. Add sliced bananas and cover with remaining custard.
  8. Refrigerate cheesecake until cold or overnight.
  9. Serve with whipped cream and garnish with sliced bananas.
Yield: 6-8 servings
Total time: 6 hours with chilling time

Summer in the South

Have you ever participated in a progressive dinner? Every New Year’s Eve, my parents would bundle up and trudge through the snowy streets with a group of their dearest friends. They’d start with appetizers and cocktails at one home, and the merriment would continue as they went from house to house, eating course after course, and finally, at midnight, toasting in the new year with dessert and a champagne toast. Instead of having an actual dinner, we are inviting you to join us by going from blog to blog to experience a virtual “Summer in the South” themed progressive dinner.

Thanks again to Lana, of Never Enough Thyme, for hosting our first virtual event! I will be hosting next month when our theme will be “Summer Barbecue.” Just in time to inspire your Labor Day menu. We will be sharing on the last Tuesday of every month. Please check out all the magnificent dishes brought to the table today:

Main Course
Never Enough Thyme – Creole Style Smothered Chicken
Appetizers
The Heritage Cook – Old Bay Shrimp Boil Skewers
Stetted – Fried Green Tomatoes with Smoked Tomato Basil Aioli
Bread
Savvy Eats – Jalapeno Cornbread + How to Store Cornbread
Salads
Miss in the Kitchen – Creamy Coleslaw
Life’s a Feast – Shrimp, Grilled Peach and Quinoa Salad
Soup
Spiceroots – Maque Choux Soup
Sides
Creative Culinary – Bacon and Caramelized Onion Creamed Corn
Pastry Chef Online – Spicy Succotash
Beverage
Healthy. Delicious. – Watermelon Lemonade
Desserts
Barbara Bakes – Key Lime Pound Cake
That Skinny Chick Can Bake – Banana Cream Cheesecake Pie

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To learn more about Progressive Eats and how you can participate, please check out the Progressive Eats page on Barb’s blog.

Comments

  1. Wow Liz, this is such a clever combination that I never would have thought of. But now that you’ve created this one, my mind is spinning with all kinds of combinations that would be fun to try. This is gorgeous and I love the Fleur-de-Lys – so New Orleans! The perfect ending to our Progressive Supper!

  2. And what’s more comforting than a cream pie topped with sweetened whipped cream? ha ha ha you even have to ask? Really, I say nothing and this fabulous pie proves it. The cream cheese addition is fun and a plus and the pie looks amazing! Now I want to make one, too! Loved eating at the same table with you!

  3. So happy to be sharing this meal with you, Liz! What a lovely pie–and you can’t go wrong with custard and whipped cream. Ever! =)

  4. A cheesecake-cream pie sounds like heaven! What a fabulous combination, and it sounds like a perfect Southern dessert.

  5. Such a great idea to add a white chocolate layer to keep the crust for getting soggy. Although there wouldn’t be any slices left at our house.

  6. I saved the best for last. This looks and sounds amazing Liz; I should have insisted you hide one in your suitcase on your trip to Denver!

    Thanks so much for joining our group; I’m so looking forward to seeing what everyone does each month.

  7. A progressive dinner sounds so fun! And this pie looks so delicious! :)

  8. Banana cream + cheesecake together? What an awesome combination and idea!

  9. Wow, banana cream cheesecake pie, that looks so yummy, it might be delicious, I have to try it!

  10. A perfect way to finish off a lovely dinner party. Such a gorgeous pie!

  11. One of my favorite Liz! I’m glad you all enjoyed it as much as we did! Your photos are gorgeous!

  12. So will look into this fun idea for a blog group. And yes I used to organize a few such progressive dinner when I had my food groups. You will be happy to know there were often just dessert meals too. And wow on this combined dessert, looks amazing my friend.

  13. What a great concept. I’m a lot further ‘south’ than all of you! Your pie is so pretty and that’s a great merge of two terrific desserts – something for everyone here – even Bill xx

  14. Love the tip about preventing soggy pie bottoms! Thanks for sharing.
    This is such a lovely pie, Liz. What a nice ending to any dinner. I’d definitely save room for this pie!

  15. This is one of my father’s favorite pies. He eats it only in diners. I may have to surprise him the next time I visit! Great seeing you Liz. Can’t wait for the next time!

  16. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I swear I just got a whiff of banana Liz… It turned out beautiful:@)

  17. I’ve never heard of a progressive dinner and now I really want to be invited to one! Going from house to house and eating meal after meal sounds amazing! If all of them ended with this incredible mash-up of two delicious desserts, I’d be a happy girl. Liz, your banana cream cheesecake pie looks absolutely luscious. That swirl of banana slices on top is simply perfect.

  18. I love the white chocolate in there. You are such an inspiration when it comes to desserts. :)

  19. Banana cream pie is my favorite! I love your tip about brushing chocolate over the crust! Totally gorgeous dessert!

  20. Aw Lizzy how beautiful look this dear:)
    ♡♥

  21. I’ve never heard of a progressive dinner but it sounds like such a great idea! I love that you made a Banana Cream Cheesecake Pie. It looks beautiful and I love the tip about preventing soggy pie crusts :)

  22. A custard banana pie with cream cheese…I love the combo! It looks amazing.

  23. What a fun idea! Love to join in a progressive dessert! I mean dinner! Okay, progressive dessert would be my preference. But then who can blame me when such sublime items like your banana cream cheesecake are served!

  24. I am getting hungry thinking about this Southern line up. I am huge fan of banana cream pie. Your twist sounds amazing. And your line up of bananas is beautiful.

  25. Oh my gosh! Banana cream pie and cheesecake all in one. Be still my heart.

  26. Looks absolutely delicious!!! blessings dear. Catherine

  27. The melding of two delicious desserts and two wonderful bakers! Between you and Serena, I’m sure that this is a cake made in heaven! What an awesome pie!

  28. PURE Banana HEAVEN))))
    The crust looks FABULOUS, Liz.
    How do you stay so beautifully thin? xx

  29. I too would have licked my plate clean I love banana desserts so much :D

  30. Wow….perfect banana cream pie…love the addition of cream cheese.

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