Jul 29

Fudge & Banana Custard Pie

in Chocolate, Dessert, Fruits & Vegetables, Fuji Favorites, Pie

“I don’t think a really good pie can be made without a dozen or so children peeking over your shoulder as you stoop to look in at it every little while.” — John Gould

Fudge & Banana Custard Pie 1

Ok, so maybe I don’t have a dozen or so children to peek over my shoulder as I’m making pie, but I do have 2 eager little girls and one bigger eager husband.  Pie is one of those things that almost requires a family to enjoy it.  For me, the word pie conjures up images of family and memories of my childhood and family get togethers.  When I think of pie, I think of my mom’s amazing flaky pie crusts.  I think of the blueberry and lemon pie recipe she brought back with her after a trip to Mammy’s Cupboard in Natchez, Mississippi.  I think of pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving and of canning apple pie filling during the summer.  All of these memories have a common theme: love.

As I mentioned in my last post, I have had sweetened condensed milk on my mind.  I have also been craving banana cream pie, a personal favorite of mine when it is done well.  I decided to combine the two thoughts and made a banana cream pie with a twist.

Almond Pie Crust

I made an almond crust, then added a thin layer of dark chocolate (if that doesn’t scream love, I don’t know what does!), a single layer of fresh sliced bananas, and then a sweetened condensed milk custard.  I decorated the pie with simple whipped cream rosettes and dark chocolate shavings.  This is a nearly no-bake pie.  The only time you have to turn on the oven is to bake the crust for 12 to 14 minutes.  The almond, chocolate, banana, and custard flavors were fabulous together.  The banana wasn’t overwhelming, allowing the flavors from the almond crust, chocolate layer, and custard to come through.  I also thought that the bit of crunch that the almond crust added was a nice addition to the pie—better than the traditional banana cream pie which tends not to have as much variation in texture.

Fudge & Banana Custard Pie 3

The pie is super easy to make.  You start out by making the almond crust.  The dough is a soft crumbly mess which you then press into a 9-inch pie plate and bake until it puffs up slightly.

Press the almond pie crust mixture into the pie plate

When the crust has cooled, you make the custard.  The hardest part to this step is the waiting.  You have to sit and stir for a few minutes, and it will seem like nothing is happening.  Then almost instantly the mixture will thicken and start to bubble and it’s ready!

Making the custard

Then you spread a chocolate layer on the bottom, add a layer of sliced bananas, pour the custard over the bananas, and stick the pie in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours until it has set up.

Assembling the fudge & banana custard pie

When you are ready to serve it, you can decorate it or just leave it plain!

Fudge & Banana Custard Pie 2

To share the love (and make sure that my dear mother, Fuji Nana, shared some of the calories), I took the pie to my parents’ house when we went for dinner this past Sunday evening.  I’m really glad that I decided to share this pie, because I’m afraid I may have ended up hiding in a dark corner with a fork while I ate the entire thing myself.  My dad declared this to be my best dessert ever.  Although I think I have several other desserts that I prefer (chocolate of course), this is definitely now one of my favorite pies.

Slice of Fudge & Banana Custard Pie

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Fudge & Banana Custard Pie

Custard recipe adapted from Cooks.com

Makes one 9-inch pie, about 8 — 10 servings

For the almond crust:
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup ground almonds
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered milk

For the sweetened condensed milk custard:
1 2/3 cups water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 can (14-ounces) sweetened condensed milk
3 large egg yolks, beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer:
2/3 (4.5 ounces) cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 medium bananas, sliced (you can use more bananas if you like a stronger banana flavor)

Whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings, to garnish

1. Make the almond crust: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a small mixer bowl, beat flour, sugar, almonds, butter and powdered milk until a soft crumbly dough forms. Press the dough into 9” pie pan.  Bake 12-14 minutes until puffed. Cool completely.

2. Make the sweetened condensed milk custard: Put the water into a heavy saucepan.  Add the cornstarch and stir until it has completely dissolved.  Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks.  Cook over medium heat until the mixture thickens and is bubbly.  Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla extract.  Stir until everything is mixed together and set aside to cool slightly.

3. Make the chocolate layer: In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate chips and butter together over low heat until melted, stirring constantly until the chocolate is shiny and smooth (it will be thick.)

4. Assemble the pie: Spread the hot chocolate layer over the bottom of the cooled almond crust.  Arrange the banana slices on top of the chocolate.  Pour the custard over the bananas.  Cover the pie and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours or until set.  Decorate the pie with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.  Refrigerate the leftovers.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie July 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

you know, I don’t even like bananas, and I am running the risk of shorting out my laptop as I drool over this recipe– it’s actually making me crave banana! My husband (who does like bananas) is going to rejoice when I tell him that I want to make this…


Chris July 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

Okay….no fair. Just got done viewing a video I had to make, was complaining about the weight I gained, and now, this. Your baking is not baking me skinnier! lOLOL. This looks Fan-tab-u-lous! That almond crust…yum


Maria July 29, 2010 at 11:23 am

I am drooling! Amazing pie!!!


jenjenk July 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

LFM – You are making me cry. Banana cream pies are one of my favorites and to have it paired up with fudge?? *sigh*…i think i’ve died and gone to heaven!!


My Man's Belly July 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

Banana cream pie is the only cream pie I’ll eat (and very happily at that ;) ). This variation hits all the yummy high notes.


Katie July 29, 2010 at 11:38 am

Banana cream is the hubby’s favorite, but I don’t ever think it’s anything special. THIS one, however, I can appreciate. Will definitely be making this one!


Carol Egbert July 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

This does look like a pie that says love. Chocolate, bananas and dairy and then an almond crust to hold it all together – seems like a perfect combination. Thanks for great post


Fuji Nana July 29, 2010 at 1:55 pm

jenjenk, this is a “died and gone to heaven pie.” As hard as it would be, I think I’d even share a piece with you for that great description.


jenjenk July 29, 2010 at 10:33 pm

@Fuji Nana, I feel like telling Squirrel & Bug, “see kids…this is why truth telling always pays off…a SLICE OF PIE!!!” :)


Kelly @ EvilShenanigans July 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Yum!!! That looks really tasty! I love the thin layer of fudge at the bottom. Beautiful pics, too!


Eileen July 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Oh my goodness sakes ~ Rachael, would you please make one of these for me??? I know you’re way too busy to start that soooooooooooooooo, I think I’m going to just try making this myself. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. :-)


Andy July 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Why is it well after dinner time in my timezone? I’m going to have to dream about this and attempt it tomorrow!


Mags July 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Oh my goodness, this pie looks delicious!


Ale July 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Looks Amazing and sounds DELICIOUS!!!


CC Recipe July 29, 2010 at 3:09 pm

This pie sounds fantabulous, I am a huge fan of this pie:) YUMMY!


Drick July 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

you are so right, this scream love, and goodness, and all the things I like… Natchez, huh, well no wonder it has a southern charm….


Tes July 30, 2010 at 2:44 am

Wow it maybe the most beautiful pie I have ever seen! I argue with my sis right now that we should make this pie or chocolate cake this weekend :)


Tracy July 30, 2010 at 7:44 am

Woah, yes please! This is going on my list of things to make for sure!


Jenny Flake July 30, 2010 at 8:04 am

I’d have zero trouble eating probably that whole pie myself! Gorgeous :)


Phoebe July 30, 2010 at 8:14 am

Looks wonderful!! I am a banana cream pie lover too!


The Chocolate Priestess July 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Hurray! More chocolate dessert ideas!


Rochelle (Acquired Taste) July 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm

This looks so creamy and I can imagine the mix of the banana custard and almond crust with a bite of the fudge, it would be to die for!!


Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker July 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Awesome pie!!! I love banana and chocolate together, this is one I definitely have to try!


[email protected] August 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm

This pie looks incredible. Fudge and banana are SO my thing!


Natalie August 2, 2010 at 6:28 am

Just stopping back to say that I made this pie last night, and it was really good. Husband *loved* it! I used a store-bought crust because I couldn’t find powdered milk other than in an enormous box… The custard was *so* easy to make (just like you said) and tasted wonderful (also, just like you said)! Thanks for the great recipe!!


Cookin' Canuck August 3, 2010 at 6:32 am

The almond crust with layer of chocolate looks fantastic! What a great way to liven up banana cream pie.


Fuji Papa August 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

Sorry to weigh in late, but this is the best dessert LFM has made. The crust is tasty, the chocolate layer is perfect and there is enough banana to provide a nice taste but not overwhelm it. Love, love, love at first (second, third, fourth and fifth) bite.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 3, 2010 at 4:15 pm

That is an absolutely stunning pie! I would have been looking over your shoulder, too :)


Juls @ Juls' Kitchen August 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Rachel it is stunnig! I love it!


Goldie August 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Loved this pie. Especially the crust. Will be using the crust for a different pie. Oh yeah, I think I gained 10 pounds, because I nearly ate the whole pie by myself…(breakfast, lunch and dessert). Oh well. Back to the gym. Thanks for the recipe.


[email protected] August 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Never mind looking over your shoulder – I would have had my fingers in the bowl!!!!


exploded daniel August 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

that looks reaaaally tasty. I am going to eat a whole one myself very soon.


Paula September 3, 2010 at 3:25 am

that`s an ideal connection :)


Susan November 9, 2010 at 1:11 am

Im going to make this the coming weekend!
I was wondering, what about if I use Nutella to spread the chocolate layer instead of the chocolate chips? I still think it would taste yum, specially with banana!!
Thanks for the recipe!!


Elo January 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm

ok so it looked like the best pie ever but when I made it even after 12hrs te custard was still liquid :((( I followed the whole receipe and really don’t understand why. :(


Amanda March 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I made a bad version of this and ate it while it was still soft…I have no shame ITS JUST THAT GOOD!


Kirsten Olson Madaus via Facebook August 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

What a great combo!


Clare October 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm

I don’t have any powdered milk, what would you suggest I substitute it with?


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