Jello Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Hey bakers! Are you ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with a dreamy and delicious dessert? Join me, John Kanell from Preppy Kitchen, as we make a wiggly, jiggly, and absolutely delightful Jello Banana Cream Pie. This refreshing treat is packed with natural flavors and lots of loveliness. Let’s dive right in!

Jello Banana Cream Pie Recipe
Jello Banana Cream Pie Recipe

Crafting the Perfect Pie Crust

To start off, you’ll need a pie crust that perfectly complements the creamy filling. I highly recommend a homemade butter crust. It’s tender, flaky, and pairs wonderfully with the banana cream. If you’re looking for the perfect pie crust recipe, click here for my tried-and-true method. It’s foolproof, and I’ll share all my tips and tricks to ensure your crust turns out perfectly every single time.

Creating the Creamy Filling

Now, let’s move on to the star of the show – the creamy filling. We’ll begin by making a vanilla custard that’s rich, velvety, and infused with the natural sweetness of bananas. Here’s how you do it:

  • In a large, heavy sauce pot, combine 1 ½ cups of sugar, ⅓ cup of corn starch, and a pinch of salt.
  • Gradually whisk in 3 cups of cold whole milk until everything is well combined.
  • Place the pot on medium-high heat and keep stirring continuously to prevent the milk from scalding. The mixture will gradually thicken after approximately 5-7 minutes.
  • Once the mixture has thickened, reduce the heat to medium and continue stirring for an additional 5 minutes. This ensures a uniform consistency throughout the custard.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks. Slowly add about half a cup of the hot custard mixture to the eggs while whisking vigorously. This process, known as tempering, ensures that the eggs incorporate smoothly into the custard without scrambling.
  • Once the eggs are tempered, pour the mixture back into the pot, whisking continuously. Cook the custard on medium heat for an additional 2 minutes to further thicken it.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the hot custard into a bowl. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract and 4 tablespoons of butter until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.
  • Cover the custard with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic touches the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until it reaches a slightly warmer temperature.

Assembling the Jello Banana Cream Pie

Now that our custard is ready, it’s time to assemble our Jello Banana Cream Pie. Here’s the step-by-step process:

  • Begin with a cooled pie crust, and add a thin layer of the vanilla custard to create an anchor for the bananas.
  • Slice fresh bananas at a slight diagonal and arrange them in a single layer on top of the custard.
  • Pour the remaining custard over the bananas, ensuring they are fully covered.
  • Now, it’s time to let the pie set. I recommend refrigerating it overnight for the best results, but if you’re pressed for time, allow it to chill for at least 4-5 hours before serving.

Adding the Finishing Touches

No Jello Banana Cream Pie is complete without a generous dollop of whipped cream. Whip up approximately 2 cups of heavy cream with a little less than a quarter cup of confectioners sugar for added stability. Be careful not to over-whip the cream. Once desired consistency is achieved, add a splash of vanilla extract for extra flavor.

Spread a mountain of whipped cream over the chilled pie and garnish with a ring of banana slices for a classic touch. This creamy delight is now ready to be devoured!

Dive into Creamy Bliss

Get ready for a taste sensation that combines the crispiness of the pastry crust, the smoothness of the custard, and the natural sweetness of bananas. With each bite, you’ll be transported to dessert heaven! So go ahead, indulge yourself in the ultimate creamy treat – Jello Banana Cream Pie!

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out my irresistible Chocolate Silk Pie for another indulgent delight. And don’t forget to hit that like button and subscribe to my channel for more mouthwatering recipes. Happy baking, and I’ll see you soon!

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