This is a Cooking Light recipe, and it’s TO. DIE. FOR. I’m not kidding you! My husband says “It’s so good it’ll make your tongue beat your brains out!” or something like that. I have to admit, I haven’t heard that saying before, the images that flash before my eyes give me the willies, BUT, it’s a GOOD thing… means it’s soooo gooood!
Oh yeah, the BLACK BOTTOM BANANA CREAM PIE (click on that for direct link to My Recipes where it’s easily printed) is delish! It’s not difficult, bake a pie crust, melt some chocolate, make the banana cream custard filling, slap the sliced bananas on top of the chocolate, smear on the custard, then they top with “whipped topping” EEEEK, which just doesn’t happen to be in my vocabulary. Instead mine isn’t pretty until served, I make whipped cream or if in a time pinch use the canned REAL whipped cream, then using a microplane shred a little chocolate on top and whoooaaaa! Have you got yourself a masterpiece! But don’t take my word for it. Really. Ohhhh, please tell me I didn’t toss those overripe bananas!
Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
- 1 (9-inch) Pastry Crust
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- Dash of salt
- 1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
- 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon stick margarine or butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 ounces block-style fat-free cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups sliced ripe banana (about 2 large bananas)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
- Chocolate curls (optional)
Prepare and bake Pastry Crust in a 9-inch pie plate. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 tablespoons sugar, cocoa, and dash of salt in a small, heavy saucepan; gradually add 1/3 cup milk, stirring with a whisk. Cook 2 minutes over medium-low heat. Stir in chocolate; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Spread chocolate mixture into bottom of prepared crust.
Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, eggs, 1 cup milk, and margarine in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and cook 30 seconds or until thick. Remove from heat. Add vanilla. Beat cream cheese until light (about 30 seconds). Add 1/4 cup hot custard to cream cheese, and beat just until blended. Stir in remaining custard.
Arrange banana slices on top of chocolate layer; spoon custard over bananas. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard; chill 4 hours. Remove plastic wrap. Spread whipped topping evenly over custard. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired. Chill until ready to serve.
- 315 (29% from fat)
- 10.1g (sat 4.8g,mono 3.4g,poly 2.4g)
Greg Patent, Cooking Light, NOVEMBER 1998
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