sublime combination of bananas, vanilla pudding and whipped cream
topped with toasted coconut makes this a memorable dessert. For more banana flavor, add 1 teaspoon Frontier™ natural
banana flavoring to the pudding.
3 cups Golden Vanilla Wafers, crushed with a rolling pin
⅓ cup butter, melted
⅔ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 large eggs yolks
3 cups whole milk
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 banana, sliced
1 banana sliced
Crust: In a medium bowl, mix
the wafer crumbs and butter.
Press into a 9-inch deep pie plate. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes.
Cool completely before filling with the pudding.
2. Pudding: In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, flour, cornstarch,
egg yolks, milk and salt. Strain into a 3-quart saucepan. Stir
with a whisk over medium heat until thickened. Remove from
heat, whisk in butter and vanilla extract. Pour into a large
bowl, then cover with plastic wrap and cool 15 minutes.
3. Assembling pie: Spoon half the filling into the cooled crust.
Top with sliced bananas, then top with filling. Refrigerate.
4. To serve, top with whipped cream, fresh sliced bananas and
toasted shredded coconut.
Variation: To serve the day after it is made, omit the bananas
in the middle and serve with fresh sliced bananas. You may
also want to make 8 individual little pies and top each with
banana slices. Drizzle with melted semisweet chocolate.
Hint 1: If you wish to place the bananas in the middle of the
pie, here is an idea which will add color. Drizzle melted
chocolate over pie to make a lacy pattern, then place a
strawberry slice, banana slice and mint leaf together in about
8 places evenly around the edge of pie.
Hint 2: This pudding is also good served in puff pastry
shells and decorated with banana slices and shaved chocolate.
Puff pastry shells are available in the freezer section of your
grocery store. Make the shells and pudding ahead of time.
Pipe banana filling into pastries, then top with banana slices,
chocolate shavings and a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar.
To shave chocolate, heat in microwave just slightly and then
use a vegetable peeler to obtain curls.
Hint 3: Pile whipped cream on the pie, then sprinkle just the
edges with toasted coconut. Decorate with banana slices.