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Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

We’re not very good at making decisions. It took us 3 months to pick out a sofa for our living room. Out kitten Sgt. Pepper was nameless for nearly a week. I ordered and returned 8 different pairs of winter shoes before I finally liked one enough to keep.

Decisions are not our strong suit.

I mean, who in their right mind can choose between chocolate or banana cream pie? Chocolate, is, well, chocolate. You can’t go wrong with chocolate. But banana… something about it just makes me happy inside. I can’t remember the last time I actually ate a banana cream pie, yet the memories of the flavor are fresh in my mind. Hard as I tried, I couldn’t get the thought of its creamy goodness out of my head. At least I knew I wanted to make a cream pie, that was easy. But deciding between chocolate cream pie or banana cream pie? Impossible.

So, I did what any obsessive, indecisive, sweet-toothed baker would do when faced with such a dilemma.

I made both.

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

The results were incredible. So much so, in fact, that I’m planning to make a second pie this weekend. And maybe another pie every weekend after that. This pie is so good that I cannot picture my life without it.

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie Recipe

This pie begins with a chocolate pastry crust, filled with a layer of rich vanilla cream. Topped with a layer of sliced bananas. Chocolate cream over that. And finally, topped off with a thick layer of freshly whipped cream and sprinkled with chocolate curls. Holy indulgence.

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

I know it’s the New Year diet season and all, and your resolutions are probably still going strong. Sorry. I just couldn’t wait to post this any longer. Consider this a reward after two weeks of good behavior.

You totally deserve it.

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

Makes one 9-inch pie

Ingredients:

For Pie Crust:
1 cup plain all purpose flour
4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar

For Filling:
3/4 cups sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 medium bananas, sliced

1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Chocolate curls, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Prepare pie crust according to the technique outlined here, adding in cocoa powder and sugar. Roll out and gently press into a 9" pie pan. Place pan and crust in the freezer for at least 10 minutes prior to baking (or while your oven is preheating).

Line crust with foil or parchment paper and fill full with pie weights or dried beans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully remove weights and lining. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes until set. Allow to cool completely.

In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, flour and salt. Stir in 1 cup of milk, mix until smooth, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until smooth and thickened, about 2 minutes, then remove from heat.

Beat the egg yolks with the remaining cup of milk. Temper the egg mixture with a small amount of the slightly cooled milk mixture then blend this into the larger saucepan with the cooling milk mixture.

Return saucepan to the heat and bring to a boil again, stirring constantly, lower heat and simmer until mixture is the consistency of thick pudding, about 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and quickly stir in butter and vanilla. Transfer half of the filling mixture to a small bowl and set aside. Add chocolate chips to remaining filling and stir until melted and smooth.

Allow fillings to cool for 5 minutes, then pour plain filling into cooled pie shell. Arrange a single layer of banana slices on top of the filling. Pour chocolate filling on top. Refrigerate until completely cooled.

Whip cream until almost stiff. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until cream holds peaks. Gently spread whipped cream on top of cooled filling, smoothing top into a slight dome. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired.

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  1. 1
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I am so wanting this instead of the egg white omelette I am about to fix. This will be on my list of “treats” to have after this whole diet mess is over! Your pie looks scrumptious!!

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  2. 2
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I just had to wipe drool off my monitor. This looks incredible!

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  3. 3
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I haven’t seen anything as lovely as this that has gotten my motor running. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. 4
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Lindsay! What. A. Pie. Throw some peanut butter in there and my fiancée would have a biblical moment with this.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

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  5. 5
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

    This looks heavenly! Can’t wait to make it!

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  6. 6
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

    DROOOL! This looks amazing, Lindsay!

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  7. 7
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Oh goodness – that looks incredible! I often find myself debating between banana and chocolate but it never occurred to me to put the two together.

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  8. 8
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    it’s a beautiful pie!

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  9. 9
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Gorgeous pics! Great recipe!

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  10. 10
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Mmmm. Perfect to look at while I am eating my plain ol’ salad for lunch.

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  11. 11
    Tiffany
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    OMG this looks sooooooooo yumyy

    XOXO,

    http://outfitidentifier.com/

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  12. 12
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    One word: SWOON.

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  13. 13
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Your beautiful pictures almost make me want to try this! I just wish I liked bananas!

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  14. 14
    Natalie
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    This looks devine! I want to make one!

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  15. 15
    Posted On January 11, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    oh boy holy indulgence is right! that looks so amazing – and i’ve never even had banana cream pie before! (blasphemous, I know)

    http://www.ThePantryDrawer.com

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  16. 16
    Posted On January 12, 2011 at 3:31 am

    Buah! terriblemente espectacular!
    Mglòria de Gourmenderies

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  17. 17
    Posted On January 12, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I love this post. I can really feel your joy. And the picture… magnifique!

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  18. 18
    Posted On January 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Wow! What a picture, this looks decadent! This is one of my favorite desserts, can’t wait to try out the recipe!

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  19. 19
    Posted On January 12, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Sometimes making a compromise works really well for we the indecisive. This pie, for instance, gives you the best of both worlds.

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  20. 20
    Posted On January 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Ooooh, this looks delicious! I can’t wait to have occasion to try it out. :D

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  21. 21
    Posted On January 12, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Beautiful, beautiful pie! Chocolate and banana were meant to be – did you ever eat those Fudge Bomb ice cream pops wrapped in the nuclear orange wrappers as a kid? Those were my main source of dairy during the summers :)

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  22. 22
    Posted On January 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures.

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  23. 23
    Posted On January 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    This pie is absolutely beautiful. Wow. It reminds me of the dessert I had at Emeril’s once.

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  24. 24
    Posted On January 13, 2011 at 10:48 am

    This pie is to die for!

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  25. 25
    Posted On January 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I know you’re not supposed to leave cliche words like “wow” “yummy looking” etc. but I took one look at the top photo and went ‘wow’! I love both bananas and chocolate together, and with the chocolate crust…well…I just think it’s yummy looking! I need to try to make this soon.

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  26. 26
    Posted On January 14, 2011 at 1:25 am

    This photo is gorgeous! It looks absolutely delicious!

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  27. 27
    Posted On January 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Oh. My. GOSH. Does anything better exist? I’m thinking probably not. Chocolate + Banana + Cream + Pie = HEAVEN.

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  28. 28
    Carrie
    Posted On January 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I made this last night for a dinner party and it was absolutely fabulous!! Every person loved it! I will make it again and again and again!

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  29. 29
    Posted On January 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I absolutely ADORE those chocolate curls. They literally look like they’re going to jump out of the photo. Beautiful photography and beautiful pie!

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  30. 30
    Posted On January 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Yes! Holy indulgence<3

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  31. 31
    Posted On January 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Gorgeous pie! I can’t resist the banana and chocolate combination…well done!

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  32. 32
    Posted On January 21, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Wonderful banana pie !!!

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  33. 33
    Posted On January 22, 2011 at 12:41 am

    yum! chocolate and bananas are the perfect combination!

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  34. 34
    Posted On January 22, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I definitely need this pie! Looks just utterly gorgeous.

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  35. 35
    Posted On January 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    This seems like my kind of thinking. I too am extremely in decisive so this is a great resolution. That is a beautifully photogenic pi and it looks amazing!

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  36. 36
    Posted On January 24, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Looks like the two of us are on the same page! I made banana cream pie this weekend but took ages to try to decide what to make… Love the chocolate in yours!

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  37. 37
    Posted On May 6, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I’m incredibly indecisive, too! It’s midnight, and I’ve been pondering all week what to bring to a potluck this Saturday. I thought of banana chocolate cream pie, and am thrilled to have found this post on foodblogsearch.com. It’s beautiful – thanks!

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  38. 38
    Emily Y.
    Posted On June 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I made this yesterday and it came out wonderful. The only thing I changed was the crust because I find graham cracker crust to be so delicious and I’m honestly still a little bit afraid of making a real pie crust. My friends absolutely loved it and I will be making this again!

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  39. 39
    Shawna Lauria
    Posted On March 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Love your chocolate curls. That takes talent and patience. I am going to try this! We have been making a similar recipe in our family for years, except we make a Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie. Regular butter pastry crust, and use 1/2 c. semi-sweet chips for the chocolate layer, and 1/2 c. peanut butter chips for the other layer. Cover with whip cream. If you use sifted powdered sugar when whipping the cream it stabilizes it and the whipped cream will stand for a couple of days instead of breaking down like reg. sugar and whip cream do. Oh… I almost forgot the best tip ever. You get the same results if you cook this in the microwave! NO tempering the eggs! Just mix dry ingredients, mix eggs and milk then combine the two. Microwave for 2 min, whisk, then whisk every 30 sec to 1 min after that. You will have pie filling in approx 5 min total cook time.

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  40. 40
    Marina
    Posted On August 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    do we really need to use this technique to make the drust? i don’t have the needed equipment. can i just make it in a mixer?

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    • Posted On August 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      With this recipe, yes. The layering technique makes for a flaky crust almost like a puff pastry, but does use more butter and liquid than standard pie crust recipes. But you can certainly your favorite pie crust recipe in its place, or even a chocolate cookie crust would be fab. :)

  41. 41
    Marina
    Posted On August 27, 2013 at 8:22 am

    I tried to make it, but my dough looks nothing like the one from “chez pim”. The thing that confused me is that they used double amount of flour and butter than you did, but you put the same amount of water? My dough came out too soft and sticky. But I also used luke warm water instead of ice cold. Well, it’s my first time making pie dough so I hope it’ll be better next time! I’m sure the pie will taste great all the same (:

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    • Posted On August 27, 2013 at 8:48 am

      I usually add water a tablespoon at a time. Depending on the weather/humidity the amount of water you need can vary greatly. Just add a little bit at a time until it comes together. The ice water just ensures that the butter stays cold, which is much harder to do in the hot summer months.

      Keep at it though! I battle with pie crusts too, sometimes they work, sometimes they are horrible disasters.

  42. 42
    Cindy
    Posted On December 2, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    ..confused since Lindsay’s recipe for the dough is different than the web site she has referred us to? (different amounts of butter and flour used?)

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    • Posted On December 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      That link is just for technique. It’s a regular pie crust, the recipe listed here is a chocolate version.

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    Cindy
    Posted On December 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Thank you Lindsay! I made two last weekend and will be making many more over the holiday season..THE BEST PIE I’VE EVER TASTED!!! Had some issues with the crust shrinking…probably come easy trick I don’t know about to avoid that?

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    • Posted On December 2, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      Shrinkage is definitely a problem for me, too. I’m not sure if it’s the technique or just pie crust in general. Definitely bake it with some pie weights, which does help, but doesn’t solve the problem completely.

      Glad it was still delicious regardless!

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