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My Mother-in-Law requested a Banana Cream Pie to celebrate a momentous birthday. I was happy to oblige.

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Banana Cream Pie

Bill is the one who loves banana cream pie at our house.  Peach, apple or raspberry with a nice scoop of vanilla is more my style. But when I snuck a sample of the Tom Douglas’s vanilla custard recipe I whipped up for the filling, I knew this pie was going to be extraordinary.

No boost of banana flavor in this custard, just a layer of banana slices sandwiched between a rich concoction of sugar, eggs, whole milk, cream, vanilla bean seeds, and vanilla extract. The bowl of vanilla specked filling became my new best friend, it’s that fabulous.

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A Birthday Pie

Jane has been my mother-in-law for 30 years. Warm, generous with a heart of gold, we hit it off from the day we met. She’s truly a gem. Like her middle son, she has a knack for storytelling, leaving us in stitches as she regales us with tales of motherhood and anecdotes from years of owning a pharmacy in a teeny-tiny town. After hearing horror stories about friends’ mothers-in-law, I know I’ve been blessed.

She requested a banana cream pie for her 90th birthday (shhh, don’t tell her I revealed her age on the Internet!). Though she barely weighs 90 pounds, she devoured a generous  slice. You won’t be able to resist this amazing dessert, either!

Best Banana Cream Pie

Best Banana Cream Pie

A luscious banana cream pie made with Tom Douglas' vanilla custard.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 1 homemade or store-bought 9-inch pastry crust, baked and cooled

Vanilla custard:

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean

To assemble:

  • 2 bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds. Add vanilla pod, milk and cream to a saucepan. Set aside vanilla bean seeds.
  2. Whisk sugar and cornstarch together in a large bowl. Add egg yolks and vanilla bean seeds. Whisk until mixture is smooth and lightens in color.
  3. Heat the milk and cream mixture till it almost boils (you will see small bubbles around the pan's edge). Remove from heat and discard the vanilla pods. While whisking, slowly drizzle a scant cup of the hot liquid into the egg yolk mixture to temper the eggs. Then slowly add the rest of the hot liquid continuing to whisk until smooth.
  4. Return the mixture to the stovetop and cook at a medium temperature, whisking constantly, until very thick like pudding. Adjust heat to prevent scorching if needed. Remove from heat and stir a few times till mixture cools to about 140º.
  5. Scrape mixture into a food processor, then add the butter and vanilla. Pulse until butter is melted and custard is smooth and glossy. Remove to a bowl and set over ice water, stirring occasionally till cool (I fill my sink partway with ice cubes and water). Cover surface with plastic and refrigerate at least 3 hours.
  6. Scrape about half the custard into prepared pie crust. Arrange banana slices over custard, then top with remaining custard.
  7. Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla. Top pie with whipped cream.


Best eaten on the day it is made.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 497Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 238mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 6g
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25 comments on “Best Banana Cream Pie”

  1. I haven’t had banana cream pie in years! My father was a big fan of the frozen one, and it wasn’t so great. I’m sure he would have loved this. Hope your MIL had a wonderful birthday!

  2. Before I turn 90, I’d love to try your banana cream pie =) And I do happen to have whipped cream in my refrigerator…Hmmm. Wonder what I’ll do this week? =)

  3. I’ll need to hide this from Bobby or else I’ll be making it for him tonight! This is his all time favorite pie and since YOU say the “best ever”, then it’s got to be. Thanks Liz!

  4. This is my father’s favorite pie, too! When they were here for Passover we went to a sushi restaurant and they had it for dessert. It was a large slice and my dad is quite small-well, he ate the whole thing and wouldn’t share. I was amazed! Thanks for this recipe, Liz. I can’t wait for them to visit again so I can bake it for him!

  5. I dropped by tonight because I wanted to copy your version of the monkey bread. I saw it flash by while I was in route home but for something that delicious, I have a good memory. Other things, not so much. But, in strolling through your recent posts, I discovered this BCPie. My mom made the best, best, best BCPie ever. So, I am missing her tonight and this week-end but think I will put this together sometime this month. Once I’m settled, with time on my hands, this is happening. Also, the monkey bread. For sure. Your MinL was blessed to have you also, Liz.

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