It’s been a heck of a year, 2022, hasn’t it? I for one am excited to see it in the rear-view mirror. It’s New Year’s Eve as I write this and I’m having some friends over to celebrate that very thing, so I wanted to make some good food to celebrate. This pie was one thing I prepared (Despite my heinous photography skills).
If you like Bananas Foster (my all-time favorite dessert) - cinnamon, bananas, butter, rum, you’ll enjoy this pie.
1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 45 wafers)
6 tablespoons butter
2 Tbsp butter
1/3 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups milk
4 large egg yolks
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp dark rum (I used Diplomatico)*
3 medium bananas
whipped cream, caramel syrup and/or chopped nuts
Combine the wafer crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg until smooth. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; then return mixture to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Stir in the peanut butter, rum and vanilla. Slice bananas into the crust; pour filling over top.
Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set. Garnish as desired with whipped cream, and add caramel syrup or nuts if you choose. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
* I’ve never been a rum fan, largely because I didn’t know much about it. But, as usual these days, my kids teach me more than I now teach them. In Paris a couple of months ago, Lauren’s boyfriend, Tom, met us for a few days and he introduced me to Diplomatico.
It’s a deep, dark, almost cognac-like sipping rum that’s just lovely after a meal. And while I wouldn’t use it to mix cocktails, two tablespoons was a worthy contribution to this pie. Even if you’re not a huge rum fan, it’s a great gamble at less than $40 a bottle (there are more expensive versions, but this is great.) And it was a sweet way to ring in the New Year.