We are 4 days away from the big Thanksgiving day and I am so looking forward to this week! My entire family and also great friends from our days in Texas are coming into town so it is going to be non-stop social events. Of course, I need to carve out some baking time and this pie is making its way to our Thanksgiving table.
This Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie is ridiculously good. It starts off with an All Butter Flaky Pie Crust (recipe HERE) topped with a vanilla pastry cream made from scratch, fresh bananas, handcrafted salted caramel (feel free to substitute it straight from the jar), and sweet whipped cream.
The key to making this Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie is the homemade pastry cream. It’s such a simple base for desserts but so reminiscent of times when everything was slowly cooked and handmade. I can’t leave this stuff alone! You can flavor it with either pure vanilla extract or a vanilla bean. The vanilla bean just takes it up a notch.
The salted caramel can be made from scratch or you can even grab a jar of high quality caramel from the store to save some time. Add a little sprinkle of sea salt flakes to the caramel and you are all set!
- Pastry Cream:
- 2 cups Whole Milk (divided)
- ¾ cup Sugar (divided)
- 4 Egg Yolks
- ¼ cup Cornstarch
- 2 Tablespoons Flour
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla or 1 Vanilla Bean
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 3 Bananas, sliced
- Whipped Cream:
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- ¼ cup Powdered Sugar
- ½ cup Salted Caramel Sauce from jar or homemade
- Salted Caramel:
- ¾ cup Sugar
- 2½ Tablespoons Water
- 3 Tablespoons Butter
- ½ cup Heavy Cream
- ½ - 1 teaspoon Sea Salt Flakes
- All Butter Flaky Pie Crust
- To make pastry cream:
- In medium saucepan, heat 1½ cups milk and ½ cup sugar over medium heat and bring to a boil.
- In bowl, stir together remaining ½ cup milk, remaining ¼ cup sugar, egg yolks, cornstarch and salt. Using a whisk, stir together until completely smooth.
- Temper the egg mixture by gradually adding a small amount of hot milk mixture to the bowl, whisking constantly. Add remaining mixture until it is all combined.
- Return mixture to saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon, about 4-7 minutes.
- As soon as the pastry cream thickens, remove from heat and add vanilla and butter.
- Let chill on top of ice bath and then tightly cover.
- Let chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to set up.
- Pie Crust:
- Follow directions to blind bake pie crust here --All Butter Flaky Pie Crust
- To prepare Salted Caramel:
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium high heat, whisking constantly to dissolve sugar. Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking. Watch carefully as it transitions from white to light amber color. This is an important step to ensure that it doesn't burn. Once mixture reaches a medium amber color, add butter and whisk until butter is melted. If you own a candy thermometer, it usually turns the perfect amber color at approximately 250 degrees.
- Once it's melted, immediately remove pan from heat. Wait 10 seconds and then add heavy cream. Whisk well to combine until glossy and smooth.Add salt. Allow caramel to cool for several minutes and then place in jar and place in the refrigerator to cool.
- To make Whipping Cream:
- Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form. Stir in powdered sugar.
- To assemble pie:
- Bake pie crust according to recipe.
- Cover the bottom of the prepared crust with sliced bananas and drizzle with ¼ cup Salted Caramel Sauce. Top with half of vanilla pastry cream and bananas, covering the bananas completely. Repeat layering with the remaining bananas and the remaining custard. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Cover with whipped cream. Drizzle caramel sauce on top of cream. Chill the banana cream pie until the filling is set, about 2 hours.
Click the links below for more pie recipes:
Caramel Apple Pie
White Chocolate Macadamia Chocolate Ganache Pie
Double Chocolate Marble Pie
The BEST Pumpkin Pie
Old-Fashioned Pecan Pie
Sweet Cherry Pie
Traditional Perfect Pumpkin Pie
Caramel Banana Cream Pie
I hope you all love this Salted Caramel Banana Cream Pie as much as we do! I would love to hear what you are doing for Thanksgiving and what you will be serving! I have one more recipe to share with you tomorrow which has been a staple in our home for the last 15 years.
Happy Baking! xo