Classic Banana Cream Pie 

Ingredients: For the crust: – 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumb – 1/4 cup granulated sugar – 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

For the filling: – 2/3 cup granulated sugar – 1/4 cup cornstarch – 1/4 teaspoon salt – 2 1/4 cups whole milk

– 4 large egg yolk – 2 tablespoons unsalted butter – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 3 ripe bananas, sliced

Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). 2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, granulated sugar, and melted butter until well mixed. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish.

Bake the crust for 8-10 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely.

In a saucepan, whisk together the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth.

Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Gradually whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture to temper the eggs.

Gradually whisk the tempered egg mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture. Return the saucepan to the heat and cook, stirring constantly, for another 2 minutes, until thickened.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract until smooth.

Let the custard filling cool slightly, then layer half of the sliced bananas on the bottom of the cooled pie crust. Pour half of the custard filling over the bananas. Repeat with the remaining bananas and custard.

Cover the pie with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic wrap touches the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate the pie for at least 4 hours, or until set.

Before serving, make the whipped cream topping. In a mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.

1. Spread the whipped cream over the chilled pie. Garnish with additional banana slices if desired. 2. Slice and serve the pie cold. Enjoy your classic Banana Cream Pie!