Banana Cream Pie
by Karen Mussoline

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Source: Food Network Magazine Junw 2011
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Food Group: Dairy
Serves: 8


1-1/4 cup(s) graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoon(s) sugar
1/3 cup(s) butter or margarine, melted
For the Filling and Meringue
2 cup(s) plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
4 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup(s) plus 1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
1/4 cup(s) cornstarch
2 tablespoon(s) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3 ounce semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 medium bananas, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
1/4 teaspoon(s) cream of tartar

 For the crust: Mix all the ingredients well and press firmly into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plateBake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes; let cool completely.


Make the filling: Bring 2 cups milk to a bare simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk the egg yolks, 3/4 cup sugar and the vanilla in a large bowl until smooth and pale. Whisk in the cornstarch. Slowly whisk the warm milk into the egg mixture, then pour into the saucepan and return to medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until the custard thickens and begins to bubble, about 2 minutes. Stir in the butter until melted. Strain the custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl; set aside to cool, stirring frequently.


Put the remaining 2 tablespoons milk and the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave 1 minute. Stir until the chocolate melts, then let cool slightly.


Spread the chocolate over the bottom and up the sides of the crust. Press the bananas into the chocolate, then pour the custard over the bananas. Cover and chill until set, at least 1 hour.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Make the meringue: Beat the egg whites in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and half of the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and beat until opaque. Add the remaining sugar and beat until stiff peaks form, about 5 more minutes.