Banana Pudding Pie

I usually change recipes to make them a little easier or to work with what I have already in the kitchen, but since I had all the ingredients and plenty of time today I decided to follow this recipe to a T….BIG mistake! There are several modifications that I would have made if I could do it over. So I’m going to give you the original recipe and tell you how I would change it so you can decided for yourself how you want to make it! The pie did turn out good & we loved it, but I think it would have been better.

You Will Need:

-1 box Nilla wafers

-3 bananas

Crust:

-30 crushed wafers

-1/2 cup melted butter

Pudding:     (Instead of making the pudding I would have used a box of Jell-O vanilla pudding)

-3/4 cup sugar

-1/3 cup flour

-2 eggs

-4 egg yolks

-2 cups milk

-2 teaspoons vanilla

Whipped Topping:   (I would have used a tub of Cool Whip)

-1 cup heavy cream

-1/4 cup powdered sugar

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

-In a medium bowl mix together crushed wafers and melted butter

-Press the mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9inch pie plate

-Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes

-In a medium saucepan combine sugar, flour, eggs, yolks, and milk

-Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until a thick pudding mixture forms. The pudding will make soft peaks when the whisk is lifted

-Remove from heat and stir in vanilla

-Pour into a medium bowl, cover, and refrigerate until completely cooled

***As stated earlier, it would be much easier to use Jell-O instant vanilla pudding

-In a medium bowl whip cream on medium-high speed until soft peaks form.

-Slowly add in sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until thick and stiff

***A tub of Cool Whip is much easier

-Cut the bananas into thin slices and assemble them on top of the crust

-Cover the bananas with pudding

-Top the pudding with wafers

-Cover wafers with pudding

-Top the pudding with banana slices

-Cover with the remainder pudding

-Garnish with wafers

-Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, overnight is best.

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