Wednesday, June 15, 2011

3 Summer Pie Recipes

Last weekend was Bret's 10 year high school reunion! We had a mini-reunion BBQ at a friends house the night before and I was in charge of desserts so I brought my banana cream pie and a key lime pie. Both we're so good! I recently found out my mom won a pie contest with this Banana Creme recipe - definitely a keeper!! I'll give ya the recipes for the 3 pies I made recently! I used a Graham Cracker Crust for each:

Graham Cracker Crust

One block of graham crackers
One stick of butter, melted ( or more see directions )
1/4 cup of sugar- depending on pie

Crush the graham crackers either in a food processor OR in a zip lock baggy. Stick them in there and beat with a rolling pin. Pour into a big bowl. Mix with melted butter and sugar. Here's is where the amounts of ingredients vary. If I'm using a deep dish pie pan then I use more graham crackers and more butter. Also, I'll add more melted butter if I feel like the crust isn't going to come together well enough. Sometimes I don't put that much sugar in my crust especially for  Banana Cream Pie.

Next press the crust into your pan. You can use the bottom of a measuring cup to help press it in evenly. I like to use my hands so that I can lick them afterward :) Sometimes I just pour my filing in next. Other times I bake the crust for 5-10 mins at like 325 so that it hardens up. I don't see a HUGE difference between the results. If I have time I do it...if not I don't. No big deal.

Key Lime Pie

1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp lime zest
1/2 cup fresh lime juice ( I think I used 9 small limes)
2 egg yolks

Mix egg yolks, zest and lime juice together. Then add sweetened condensed milk until blended. Pour into the crust and bake for 15-20 minutes at 325. Since I'm in Denver it took a good 20 minutes. Just bake until the center is set enough. Chill for at least a couple hours. Top with sweetened whipped cream! This pie is super tangy- which I loved- but you've been warned!

Banana Cream Pie

1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/8 tsp salt
2 cups whole milk
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
4 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla
2 bananas, sliced

In a sauce pan mix the sugar, cornstarch and salt until blended. Turn heat on the stove to medium. Slowly pour in milk and stir constantly until  thick and boiling. Boil for one minute. Stir half of the mixture into the egg yolk mixture and blend quickly. Stir the egg yolk mixture back into the sauce pan. Boil one more minute and remove from the heat. Stir in the butter and the vanilla. 

Layer the sliced banana pieces on the bottom of the pie pan (on top of the crust). Pour the pudding mixture on top of the bananas. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours. Top with sweetened whipped cream and fresh banana slices!

Chocolate Pie- 

From Emeril, link HERE 
I'm not gonna type it out. It's super long and complicated but sooooo worth it. I thought it was amazing!! The oreo cookie crust is so good too. It's not that hard to make...just detailed! I added the heath pieces too- don't skip that on the top. It added a perfect salty crunch!

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