Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baby Banana Cream Pies -- Tuesdays with Dorie


A big thank you to Amy of Sing for Your Supper who picked Dorie's Banana Cream Pie as our treat of the week for TWD. I would not consider myself one to enjoy banana cream pie but I loved this recipe, it has converted me. I think that's a first for TWD recipes, going into one I didn't think I'd enjoy but ended up really loving it. The first thing that worried me were the eggs, I'm not a fan of egg custards, but went ahead and tried it anyway. I halved the recipe and made 6 baby pies in a jumbo muffin tin (Baker's Secret 6 Cup Texas Muffin Pan) using my own crust recipe. I've tried Dorie's pie crust twice for TWD and while it's fine, it isn't my favorite pie crust and both times it was a little too fussy for me while rolling.

For the filling my only real change was to use skim milk instead of whole milk (from the photo you can also see that I didn't put the brown sugar through a sieve, it was the first scoop from a fresh bag so not really necessary). I love the subtle cinnamon and nutmeg flavors in the filling, giving it a warm creaminess that I wasn't expecting.


I also wasn't too sure how I'd like the bananas in these, I like bananas in just about everything but the last time I was served a slice of banana cream pie it had really brown slippery bananas sliding out as I tried to eat it, not a pretty picture. Good thing these were cute! And you know what, having them as individual pies works so much better if you are not planning to serve the whole pie at once, that was you can cut a fresh banana for the filling and put the topping on freshly for each pie as needed.


We all loved this pie, how could you not? I would never imagine banana cream pie as something I would crave or want to make but I can see making this again for sure. I was thinking these would be great to serve at a summer cook-out, fresh from the fridge, nice and cool and creamy. It's always so fun to find a dish or dessert that you actually like when you thought for a long time you really didn't.

I don't suppose I'll be ordering a slice of banana cream pie at a restaurant, or picking it out of a line up at a family dinner though -- just because I think this must be one of the best banana cream pies out there, and I would be surely disappointed after having this delicious version. Thanks Amy and Dorie, for changing my mind about banana cream pies :)

21 comments:

Natashya said...

Love the minis! You were smart to do little ones, I definitely will next time.

Amanda said...

Those are adorable! We loved this pie :)

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your minis are so cute! Great job!

Flourchild said...

Perfect little minis! They look wonderful and tasty. Im so glad this recipe made you a new convert! I loved this pie!

Megan said...

I don't know why I never think to make pies that small - it's a perfect size!

Michelle said...

Your banana cream minis are adorable.

This was a fab recipe and one I will definitely repeat!

Maria said...

Love the little guys! They turned out great!

Teanna said...

I totally agree with you on not ordering a banana cream pie anywhere else! I loved this pie too much, I don't want my memories tainted! Your minis are adorable!

chocolatechic said...

Your mini-mini's are just way to cute.

Amy said...

So glad you're a convert! Thanks for baking with me this week!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Debinhawaii said...

Minis are always the best way to go--wh can resist how cute they are?! I am a banana cream fan and these look perfect!

natalia said...

Ciao ! i made mini too ! Yours are just lovely !

Heather said...

Great photography, and I love the minis!

vibi said...

Fine looking minis, Andrea!

That last picture is making wish I was there when you served them! YUM!

pinkstripes said...

Yay! Baby pies! Love them.

Elyse said...

Your pies are just precious. You've made me so curious to try this recipe now. I mean, if you're telling me this recipe is a "converter" recipe, then it must be darn good! I'm just going to have to try it!

Suzie said...

I will have to make these as a special surprise for the husband. He loooooves banana cream pie (and hilariously always says it with a US accent - odd for an Australian raised Singaporean!)

TeaLady said...

Great looking minis. Seems many of us make them these days.

Cathy said...

I am so in love with your baby pies, Andrea! Next time I make this (and there will be a next time!) I am going the mini route for sure!

Tracey said...

Glad you were such a big fan! Your mini pies are adorable :)

Annette said...

Your pies look delicious! I don't like banana cream pie either, but liked Dorie's version.

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