Mini Banana Cream Pies | Occasionally Crafty: Mini Banana Cream Pies

December 18, 2015

Mini Banana Cream Pies

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My kids and minions have one thing in common- they both are crazy about bananas!

I can't even keep them in the house.  I hear people talk about using their overripe bananas in breads and muffins, and I think "Overripe bananas?  What are those?"

We are celebrating the recent release (12/8/15) of Minions © 2015 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.   I picked a copy of the movie, (purchase yours from the retailers available here)

and made my kids a special dessert to celebrate their love of minions (and bananas).


Your family will love these Banana Cream Mini Pies too!
Ingredients:
1 (9 inch) pie crust, cut into circles and baked (see directions below)
For custard:
3 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch (or 1/3 cup flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks in a small bowl, slightly beaten 
2 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 to 4 ripe bananas

I cheated and bought a ready made pie crust, but you can make your own if you want.  Roll it out into a circle, then use a large circle biscuit/cookie cutter to cut the dough into small circles.


Place each circle of pie dough into the bottom of a greased muffin tin, stretching it slightly to go up the sides.  You're going to want a "lip" of crust when it is baked.  (Wow- my muffin tins have seen better days!)


Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes, until crust is golden brown.  Let cool, then remove to a tray or plate.

Meanwhile, mix your custard.  Begin by scalding your milk in a large saucepan.  To scald milk, you heat it on medium-high to the edge of boiling (but NOT boiling).  Steam should be rising from your milk.

As it is scalding, mix together sugar, cornstarch (or flour), and salt in a small bowl.

When milk is hot, pour the dry ingredients slowly into the scalded milk, stirring constantly.  Continue to heat and stir constantly until mixture begins to thicken.

Turn heat down to medium-low and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Slowly pour about half a cup of your milk mixture into your egg yolks, stirring constantly.  When egg yolk mixture is thoroughly combined, pour it back into the rest of the milk mixture, again stirring constantly.  This keeps the eggs from scrambling and getting lumpy in your custard.  

Cook one more minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Stir gently until butter melts completely.  Let cool in the pan until lukewarm.


When custard has cooled off, slice bananas and place them at the bottom of your mini pie shells. 


 Using a spoon, pour custard over the banana chunks and let set.


Top with whipped cream, 



or for an extra Illumination Entertainment's Minions movie touch, drizzle with "Scarlet Overkill" Strawberry Puree first!  (This was my daughter's idea!)  It's just strawberries pureed in the blender and mixed with a little simple syrup.


Keep leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container.  

Banana Cream Mini Pies

Click here for a printable recipe

Ingredients:
1 (9 inch) pie crust, cut into circles and baked (see directions below)
For custard:
3 cups whole milk
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch (or 1/3 cup flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks in a small bowl, slightly beaten 
2 tablespoons butter
1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 to 4 ripe bananas
  1. Bake pie crust circles in muffin tins at 425 for 10-12 minutes, until crust is golden brown.  Let cool, then remove to a tray or plate.
  2. Meanwhile, mix your custard.  Begin by scalding your milk in a large saucepan.  To scald milk, you heat it on medium-high to the edge of boiling (but NOT boiling).  Steam should be rising from your milk.
  3. As it is scalding, mix together sugar, cornstarch (or flour), and salt in a small bowl.
  4. When milk is hot, pour the dry ingredients slowly into the scalded milk, stirring constantly.  Continue to heat and stir constantly until mixture begins to thicken.
  5. Turn heat down to medium-low and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat.
  6. Slowly pour about half a cup of your milk mixture into your egg yolks, stirring constantly.  When egg yolk mixture is thoroughly combined, pour it back into the rest of the milk mixture, again stirring constantly.  This keeps the eggs from scrambling and getting lumpy in your custard.  
  7. Return to the heat and cook one more minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Stir gently until butter melts completely.  Let cool in the pan until lukewarm.
  8. When custard has cooled off, slice bananas and place them at the bottom of your mini pie shells.  Using a spoon, pour custard over the banana chunks and let set.
  9. Top with whipped cream

These are just delicious, and so much fun to eat for little hands (and big hands alike!)


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