I am thankful our family finally has a...rotation for Thanksgiving. Since last year we had a new baby we stayed home and had our first Thanksgiving as a new little family. It was wonderful, although a lot of work, but well worth it. We decided to do a three year rotation and stay home one year and go to each of our family's Thanksgiving dinners every third year. This year all we had to make was pie...and so I wanted to be a loving wife and even though I don't like it, make my husband's favorite pie--Banana Cream. Thank you Our Best Bites for an amazing recipe! Amazingly simple, and amazingly good. You have to try it. It made me a fan of banana cream.
Banana Cream Pie
1 4-serving size box of instant chocolate or vanilla pudding
Set aside. Remove pudding from the fridge and gently dollop the whipped cream on top of the pudding. Gently fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until well-combined.
Now divide the mixture between the two pies.
Prepare sweetened whipped cream with the remaining whipping cream and 1/3 c. of powdered sugar and spread it on top of the two pies. Place the clear plastic shells back on the pies and allow to chill for several hours. This is actually really important--I tried eating it right away once and the pie wasn't banana-y at all and the moisture hadn't absorbed into the crust, so the crust just fell apart.
And there you have it--the best AND the easiest banana cream pie you'll ever have or need!
Chunky Monkey Variation: Blend 1/2 c creamy peanut butter into the pudding/water/sweetened condensed milk mixture (before you fold in the whipped cream). Continue as directed but place in a chocolate cookie crust. Sprinkle with honey roasted peanuts just before serving.