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“Today is” March 2nd

Today is National Banana Cream Pie day.
Ingredients:

Crust: 1box Pillsbury™ refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

 

Filling:
¾
cup sugar

¼ cup cornstarch

½ teaspoon salt

3 cups milk

2 eggs

3 tablespoons butter, softened

1teaspoon vanilla

2or 3 bananas, sliced

 

Topping:
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream

¼ cup sugar

1teaspoon vanilla

 

Steps:

  • Place both pie crusts in half-sheet pan, overlapping slightly. Fit into pan, pressing into corners. Trim edges to about 1/2 inch overhanging sides of pan, then fold over and tuck into pan. Prick bottom with fork; place in freezer 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix 3/4 cup sugar, the cornstarch and salt with whisk. Beat in milk, followed by eggs, using whisk. Heat over medium heat to boiling until thickened, stirring constantly, 10 to 12 minutes. Press mixture through strainer to remove any lumps; stir in butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Refrigerate until completely cooled, 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Heat oven to 400° F. Bake crust 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.
  • In medium bowl, beat cream with electric mixer on high speed until thickened. Add 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat to soft peaks.
  • Line cooled pie crust with sliced bananas. Spread filling on top; cover with topping. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Expert Tips:

  • To ensure pie crust doesn’t shrink during baking, cover with greased foil, and fill with pie weights or dry beans before baking. Bake about 15 minutes or just until crust begins to brown, then remove weights and foil, and bake 5 minutes longer or until golden and crust appears dry.
  • Use whole milk for a creamier filling; use 1% or 2% milk for a lighter filling.
  • Cool the filling more quickly over an ice bath. Place filling in a bowl, then set inside of another bowl filled with ice and water. Stir about 5 minutes or until mixture is cooled.
  • For more recipes visit:https://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes

 

 

Today in History: In 1933, “King Kong”, a film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premiered at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC

 

Lagniappe: Skipper, a newborn border collie in Oklahoma City, may go down in history, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. The puppy was one of a litter of nine pups but, unlike her brothers and sisters, she was born with six legs. The dog’s veterinarian Dr. Tina Neel says that a week after her birth she was going strong, noting that Skipper may be the first pup with her condition to be born alive. “She has one head and chest cavity but two pelvic regions, two lower urinary tracts, two reproductive regions, two tails and six legs, among other things.” Neel says Skipper is a “strong” girl who “loves to nurse and is able to scoot around just like a regular puppy.  We think that she may have some things to overcome, but she is determined right now and thriving.”