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Sunday
Nov012009

Pie Time: The Most Amazing Pumpkin Banana Cream Pie with Brandy Whipped Cream

Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart with homemade brandy whipped cream
There are pies--and then there are truly great pies. And it's my great pleasure to introduce you to one of the truly great ones: Pumpkin Banana Cream Pie with Brandy Whipped Cream. This triple-decker treat is a triple-threat of awesome, combining recipes by Ina Garten and Tom Douglas, with some added variations (like Brandy whipped cream) dreamed up by my friend Nurit, ace baker and writer of 1 family. friendly. food., with whom I baked this hunk of delicious the other day. But really, words are wasted when we could be talking about how to get on the express train to having this pie in your mouth:

Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart with homemade brandy whipped cream
Pumpkin Banana Cream Pie with Brandy Whipped Cream

Nurit's Note: We used an 11-inch tart pan but you can use a regular pie pan. In any case, you probably will have some extra custard which you can layer and serve in pretty little bowls. (Check her site for her own posting about the pie, and check back soon for a separate post about this dessert!)

More notes:The pumpkin custard is based on Ina Garten’s Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart and the vanilla custard is based on Tom Douglas’s Coconut cream pie (but substituting banana for coconut). The dough was from a recipe of Nurit's, and the brandy whipped cream (ethereal!) was her brainchild as well.

For the dough:
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup banana chips, crushed in food processor

For the pastry cream:
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract plus 1 teaspoon vanilla paste (the original recipe called for 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1-2 bananas thinly sliced

For the pumpkin custard layer:
1/2 cup half-and-half
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
A pinch ground nutmeg
3 extra-large egg yolks
1 package (2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1 ripe banana, finely mashed
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup orange juice

For whipped cream:
1 1/2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons brandy

Make the dough. 

  1. Pulse butter, sugar, and flour in a food processor, or do it with hands, until you get big crumbs. Add the yolks, pulse until the crumbs are moist. Press into a generously greased 11-inch tart pan. Press banana chips into dough. Refrigerate covered for 30 minutes or so. 
  2. Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes.

Make the pastry cream. 
  1. Warm the milk in a medium saucepan until it almost comes to a boil. Add the vanilla. (If using a vanilla bean, scrape the seeds from the bean and add both the seeds and pod to the milk mixture. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and stir occasionally.)
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and flour until well combined. Temper the eggs (to keep them from scrambling) by pouring about 1/3 cup of the scalded milk into the egg mixture while whisking. Then add the warmed egg mixture to the saucepan of milk. Whisk over medium-high heat until the pastry cream thickens and begins to bubble. Keep whisking until the mixture is very thick, 4 to 5 minutes more.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Add the butter and whisk until it melts. (Remove and discard the vanilla pod.) Transfer the pastry cream to a bowl and place it over a bowl of ice water. Stir occasionally until it is cool. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a crust from forming and refrigerate until completely cold. The pastry cream will thicken as it cools.

Make the pumpkin custard layer.
  1. Heat the half and half, pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, ginger, and nutmeg in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water until hot, about 5 minutes. Whisk the egg yolks in another bowl, stir some of the hot pumpkin into the egg yolks to heat them, then pour the egg-pumpkin mixture back into the double boiler and stir well. Heat the mixture over the simmering water for another 4 to 5 minutes, until it begins to thicken, stirring constantly (so the eggs to scramble) until it reaches 160 F degrees. Remove from the heat.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/4 cup orange juice (or water). Add the dissolved gelatin, banana, and orange zest to the pumpkin mixture and mix well. Set aside to chill in the fridge or use the same ice bath as the vanilla cream.
Make the whipped cream.
  1. In an electric mixer with the whisk, whip the heavy cream with the sugar and brandy on medium-high speed until firm peaks form.
Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart with homemade brandy whipped creamGoodbye, pie
Assemble it all.
When the custards and dough are cooled, assemble the pie by layering the fresh bananas on top of the dough. Then spoon with vanilla cream on top, smoothing the surface. Next, add the pumpkin custard, and last spoon the whipped cream. Decorate with banana chips or fresh banana slices (add fresh banana only shortly before serving so they don’t brown). Let pie set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.

Keep up with my friend Nurit by visiting her site and by following her on twitter!

Reader Comments (20)

Oh, yes, Jessie, we made one awesome pie together! But most of all, I had a fantastic time baking with you, my friend! That makes this pie taste even better.

November 1 | Unregistered CommenterNurit

I love you, forever. Drool. This is totally what I'm bringing to Thanksgiving.

November 2 | Unregistered Commentermoonrat

Fabulous looking pie! But when you combine something Ina does with Tom Douglas' recipe how can it miss?

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

Great minds think alike! I JUST made Banana Cream Pie Snow Balls!

Your crust look FABULOUS!

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie Lewis

Wow. I'll take a triple-threat slice of awesome.
In fact, I'll take two. I love all the delicious elements going into this pie.

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterMarysol

Wow---does that pie look amazingly delcious!! Can't wait to make this one--thanks sooo much for posting! Who doesnt love banana a good banana creme pie!?

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterNina

Yum. Family home evening tonight must include this.

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterChou

Mmmm pumpkin and banana...tasty!

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterNutmeg Nanny

Wow! What a pie!! I've always been a banana and peanut butter combo girl but have never considered banana and pumpkin...

...Until NOW.

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

This pie looks crazy yummy! So many of my favorites in one sugary pie......love the idea of pumpkin and banana combo. Also the idea of the crushed dried banana in the crust is a great twist. Want pie now!!!

This pie looks crazy yummy! So many of my favorites in one sugary pie......love the idea of pumpkin and banana combo. Also the idea of the crushed dried banana in the crust is a great twist. Want pie now!!!

This pie looks crazy yummy! So many of my favorites in one sugary pie......love the idea of pumpkin and banana combo. Also the idea of the crushed dried banana in the crust is a great twist. Want pie now!!!

Wow! What a combo. This is my kind of pie.

I LOVE those plates! Adorable! And the pie looks scrumptious :D

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Oh my goodness this looks so good! So glad to have found your blog!

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterCoco

Thanks everyone! This one definitely requires some time and effort but I think Nurit will agree: it is worth it. It's a keeper of a pie and a great and slightly unexpected variation on the typical pumpkin pie!

November 2 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Ah, the best of both worlds! Very creative.

November 3 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I couldn't agree more and I like how you incorporate the http://www.myvanillashop.com/" rel="nofollow">vanilla beans on this, it just looks absolutely beautiful. Definitely going to give it a try, thanks for the recipe.

November 4 | Unregistered Commenterharcout

zing!! looks delish!!!

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