Banana Cream Pie
From the Baker's Companion
1 store bought graham cracker or cookie crust
Pastry Cream Filling:
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups milk, any kind, I used soy
6 tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 medium sized bananas, sliced
1 cup heavy or whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar (I used about a tbsp of regular because my whipped topping is pretty sweet already)
For the pastry cream: Place the sugar, flour, cornstarch, salt and eggs into a small bowl and whisk thoroughly. Heat the milk in a medium sized saucepan just until boiling. Add the hot milk to the egg mixture gradually, whisking to make everything smooth. Pour the liquid back into the saucepan and return to the heat , bringing it back to a boil. Stir constantly with a whisk to keep from getting lumpy. As soon as the pastry cream boils in the center, remove it from the heat and stir in the margarine and vanilla.
Place the sliced bananas into the prepared crust.
To finish the pie, whip the cream and vanilla together until the cream begins to thicken. Sprinkle I'm the sugar and whip until the cream holds its shape. Spoon on top of the pie making sure that all the edges are perfectly concealed. Swirl with the back of a spoon. Garnish as desired. Banana chips maybe??