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The Southern Way Not to Waste Your Bananas

Bananas. The one of few fruits that does not need to be refrigerated. What does that mean? Faster spoilage! Even faster if you live in a climate that is humid and hot about nine to ten months out of the year. Floridians, you know what I am talking about.

So what is a person to do if they have over-ripe or soon to be spoiled bananas? Well, they could throw them away. Put them in a compost pile. They could make banana bread or muffins. Or get even more down south…make banana cream pie.

Below are the ingredients you need to make this Banana Cream Pie:

For Crust:

• 1 cup of flour

• 1/2 teaspoon of salt

• 2 tablespoons cold shortening

• 4 tablespoons cold butter

• 1/4 cup of ice water

This is a crust recipe for a single crust…not a double crust. If you want to do do a double crust, check the Best Ever Pie Crust Recipe post for that ingredient list and process!

For Filling:

• 1 tablespoon of butter

• 1 tablespoon of vanilla

• 2 cups of cold whole milk

• 4 tablespoons of cornstarch

• 3 egg yolks

• 3/4 cup of sugar

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 2 over-ripe bananas, peeling, mashed or pureed- optional • 4 bananas, peeled, sliced into small discs

For topping:

• 2 cups heavy cream

• 1/2 cup of sugar fine sugar

• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

• 1/4 cup of sour cream

• Vanilla wafer cookies (Nilla Wafers recommended)

Here is the simplified recipe for the Banana Cream Pie:

1. Prepare pie plate and oven.

2. Make piecrust dough (Follow the steps on the Best Ever Pie Crust Recipe)

3. Roll out dough

4. Bake Crust

5. Prepare butter and vanilla

6. Combine milk and cornstarch

7. Make pudding

8. Make pie

9. Make whipped cream topping

10. Serve pie.

Ten steps to make the pie, not too shabby. Usually pies are a little more in depth of a process. Probably with a double crust, the process will be more in depth.

Our Financials

Of course, I am relying on Walmart for all of my baking needs. Buying ingredients at Walmart is cheaper also because I buy Walmart and Great Value brand products religiously. I am not boujee, I will not be that person that is all about brands cooking, clothing, or any possessions.

If I get brand name products, I do. However when cooking…not my main focus obvi.

In addition to low ingredients cost, I aim to score on some deals with my cash back applications as per usual. Might as well earn some extra money as you experiment with new recipes.

Millennial Cash Back Earnings

I got my staples like I always state so this is how my application earnings went for the baking excursion.

Ibotta was a hit and a miss, I actually struck out for the pie ingredients. However, I did earn $13.95 for other items such as alcohol, any item, protein bars, and collagen. Oh well, the gamble of cash back applications. At least, I earned some money back for some of groceries.

Fetch Rewards was a better application for me today. I earned 75 points from two Walmart receipts. I earned 50 points from one receipt and 25 points from the second receipt. For generic ingredients, that is not too bad for point accrual.

For walking into Walmart, I got 10 kicks each time. I earned a total of 20 kicks. Shopkick typically does not have the products I shop for, I earn kicks by walking to the store and watching their promotional videos.

For my penny rewards from Coinout, I earned a total of four cents. For my Walmart receipts, I earned two cents from each receipt. Yay! Pennies on top of pennies.

Our Ratings:

My Rating: I give this pie a 7 out of 10. I am not the hugest fan of banana cream pie. Really can only eat bananas in the fruit form. Anything else is just a no go for me. Though for not being a fan of banana cream pie…that is not too bad of a score.

Shayne’s Rating: Shayne had the pie the night it was made. Everything was fresh…however he gave this pie an 8. For him…seems like that is the trend for him as of lately with

the recipes. I cannot tell if it is because of the recipes or my execution. I guess an 8 is an above average score. So yay? I mean YAY.

An above average pie for us. Though what if I caramelized the bananas? Or made it a banana peanut butter cream pie? Would that be better? I will have to try again and let you know.

For those who like the original version, banana cream pie is a southern specialty. Who would think the make bananas into pie? Ha not me.

Kristi Carlson created Southern recipes for Cornbread, Breaded French Country Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, and now you have Banana Cream pie as a Southern dessert. Just make your own collard greens and you got yourself a southern feast for you and your family!

A whole party menu planned for your reference.


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