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Big Black Dog: TWD -- Banana Cream Pie

April 7, 2009

TWD -- Banana Cream Pie


I was very happy to make this week's recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie because (1) I love to make pie, any kind of pie and (2) I love to make pie, any kind of pie! This weeks host for TWD is Amy of Sing for Your Supper and thank you so much for picking such a gorgeous recipe for us to make.

I was rearranging my cabinets over the weekend and found these 4" pie pans and decided to make mini pies instead of regular pie. I enjoy miniaturizing baked goods and thought Dorie's Banana Cream Pie would work out well and it did. I had so much fun playing around with the pie crust and actually made 3 different designs.

I followed the recipe for the filling but for the pie crust I did make some changes. I used vodka in place of the water and I used lard in place of the shortening and my crust turned out fabulously light and crispy and tasted just delicious. I've used vodka in my pie crust for some time now but this is the first time I've tried lard and it won't be my last!

For the topping I did saute banana slices in butter...oh yummy! I love caramelized bananas and they're so pretty. I considered using a sliced strawberry on top but I decided to keep the flavors to banana, cream and butter!! And after tasting my pie, it does not need another flavor, not at all. Good job Dorie, this recipe was fab!
















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34 Comments:

Blogger Maria said...

Love the little pies! Too cute!

April 7, 2009 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Love your little tarts! Is that caramelized bananas on top?

April 7, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Michelle, how did I not know you were part of TWD? Your little pies are so pretty! I made minis too but are not nearly as cute as yours. I love the caramalized banana slices on top, great touch!

April 7, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger chocolatechic said...

Oh...your mini tarts are adorable.

April 7, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger spike. said...

I love the bananas on top!

April 7, 2009 at 9:12 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Great job. I love the caramelized bananas.

April 7, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Anonymous Teanna said...

Your little pies are SO CUTE!!! The bananas sauteed in butter sounds like the perfect topping!

April 7, 2009 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Have been on a huge banana kick lately so going to have to think about this.

April 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

These little pies are adorable!! They really look delicious! Thanks for baking with me this week!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

April 7, 2009 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Isabelle said...

elles sont vraiment superbes. la forme est vraiment belle ! c'est du beau travail :)

April 7, 2009 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Flourchild said...

Very nice mini pies. I love the bananas on top. You did a great job!

April 7, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Sauteed bananas in butter reminds me of bananas flambe. Remember that dessert? But I have a feeling yours was much better!

April 7, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Love the little pies, and great idea on the saute in butter.

April 7, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
OpenID myfamousrecipe said...

Your tarts are so lovely! I wondered if anyone would caramelize or cook the bananas. Great job!

April 7, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger TeaLady said...

Wish I had thought of that. I bet caramelizing those bananas brought out some incredible flavor. Will have to try. And vodka in the crust. You are tooooo much. They look great.

April 7, 2009 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

My word, I am in love with your mini pies! And carmelizing the bananas was a brilliant idea.

April 7, 2009 at 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

Oh, those little tarts with the fancy pants edges are just darling...they look delicious, especially with your little sauteed buttered bananas on the top. Very nice job!

April 7, 2009 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Marthe said...

Oooow... Sauted banana: yum!!!

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April 7, 2009 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Oh they are adorable..and such a good idea for 2 people...
I wouldn't mind a drizzle of chocolate..
I made Cheese Danish today..my first time...now the trick is to find room in the freezer for them till Sunday!

Don't forget May 7th event at Foley's Follies..a Mother's Day tribute..
dig up a favorite recipe of mom or gma.
Everyone is invited, and I am inviting you!

April 7, 2009 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What cute little tarts! They look so wonderful!

April 7, 2009 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Carol Peterman said...

What adorable pies! Beautiful! I am a big fan of the vodka in crust concept and lard. I buy leaf lard at a farmer's market and render it out then portion it for pie crust and freeze it. Rendering the lard is also seasons my cast iron Dutch oven at the same time, what a bonus.

April 7, 2009 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Mmm, your tarts look fabulous. I'm so glad that you were able to use your 4-in tart pans. And man, your vodka/lard crust sounds delicious! What a great idea!!

April 7, 2009 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger jesse said...

Ahh!! Cute little pies! And the bananas on top look perfectly caramelized too! Yum!

April 8, 2009 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger Sweet as Coco said...

Your pie looks exceptional! I would have never thought to use vodka or saute the bananas! Nice job! My sister lives in the same town as you also...just noticed that. :) Great city.

April 8, 2009 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Esi said...

I love your mini pies. It is so interesting to see how so many people did this differently than a regular pie.

April 8, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger leanne said...

Caramelized bananas yum. They look great.

April 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger natalia said...

Ciao ! I love your pies they are so beautiful ! And the bananas must be wonderful !!

April 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM  
Blogger My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a darling banana cream pie. I've never made one but yours looks delicious.
sam

April 8, 2009 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Oh my goodness, the sauted bananas sound delish!

Your little pies are adorble... love those fancy edges.

April 8, 2009 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger artis1111 said...

This looks yummy!! Kathy

April 9, 2009 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

They look great Michelle! So cute.
I think the butter is the reason my crust did shrink, I had holes where the little bits of butter melted out.
I love the little banana toppings on yours.

April 10, 2009 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Melissa Clifford said...

That's gorgeous Michelle! Those little pies are great. Please send ASAP to me...thanks. heee

April 10, 2009 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Annette said...

I've never heard of vodka in pie crust before! Intriguing. Your pies are adorable. I liked it too.

April 11, 2009 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Miah said...

Nice delicious recipes! I hope I can make one too.

May 17, 2009 at 1:14 PM  

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