Strawberry-banana cream pie

Yield: 8 Servings

Measure Ingredient
\N \N Pastry for single crust pie
¼ cup Finely chopped almonds; toasted
½ cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1¾ cup Milk
2 \N Beaten egg yolks
1 tablespoon Margarine or butter
½ teaspoon Vanilla
2 mediums Bananas
2 teaspoons Lemon juice
2 cups Sliced strawberries
½ cup Whipping cream
1 tablespoon Sugar
¼ teaspoon Almond extract


Prepare pastry for single-crust pie except stir almonds into flour mixture.

On a floured surface, roll pastry to a 12 inch circle. Wrap pastry around rolling pin. Unroll onto a 9 inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate.

Trim pastry to ½ inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry.

Crimp edge of pastry. Do not prick pastry. Line the pastry shell with a double thickness of foil. Bake in 450 oven 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 4 to 5 minutes more or until set and dry. Cool.

For filling, in a saucepan mix the ½ cup sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir till bubbly. Cook and stir 2 minutes more.

Remove from heat. Stir about 1 cup of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks. Return all to saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil. Cook and stir 2 minutes more . Remove from heat. Stir in margarine and vanilla. Cover surface with plastic wrap.

Slice bananas ¼ inch thick; toss with lemon juice. (You should have about 1¼ cups) . Spread half the hot filling evenly into pastry shell. Arrange half the bananas and strawberries on top. Top with remaining filling, bananas and strawberries. Cover; chill 1 to 6 hours.

Before serving, beat the whipping cream , 1 tablespoon sugar, and almond extract till stiff peaks form. Pipe or dollop onto pie.

Recipe by: Better Homes & Gardens Farmer's Market Cookbook Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #839 by L979@... on Oct 12, 1997

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