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New Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Recipe By: John Sunvold
Year Submitted: 2015
Winner Second Place

Ingredients

“New Fashioned Banana Cream Pie”
2015 Gluten Free Pie John Sunvold
Use 9/9.5/10 inch plate.
Serves eight.

** All items listed below are to be gluten free.
Crust
1 1/8 c. gluten free graham cracker crumbs (hard to find, so could substitute crumbs from vanilla gluten free cookie (not sandwich cookie)
1/8 c. chopped nuts
3-6 T. melted butter
3 T. sugar

Chocolate Layer:
2 TBS butter
2 TBS corn syrup
2 TBS cream
1/3 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
1 cup powdered sugar

Vanilla Cream Layer
2/3 C. sugar
1/4 t. Salt
1/4 C. Corn Starch
1.5 C. Cream
1 C. milk
5 Egg Yolks
1 T Vanilla Extract
2 T Butter

Directions

Crust

Mix graham cracker crumbs, nuts, and sugar, and add enough melted butter to make crumbs wet but not soggy (each brand reacts differently). Start with half of the butter and add it slowly until it is wet. Press into a 9-10 inch pie plate. You may not use all of it if you use a shallow pan. Bake for 8-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool.
Coat cooled crust with a light layer of Dolci hard chocolate shell. Chill.

Chocolate Layer:
Mix butter, corn syrup, and cream, and heat over medium heat until boiling. Stir constantly. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Once fully combined, slowly add powdered sugar. Mix completely, then carefully spread the chocolate onto the bottom of the crust (may include a thin layer around the sides of the crust in order to hold the crust together).
It cools quickly, so you must spread immediately. Chill.
When chilled, cover this layer with another light layer/drizzle of Dolci hard chocolate shell.

Cream Cheese Layer
Mix 4 oz softened cream cheese with ½ c. powdered sugar. Fold in 4 oz. of Cool Whip and spread on top of caramel/pecan layer. If you have a larger pan, you may use 6 oz of cream cheese, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, and 6 oz. Cool whip. Spread on the cooled chocolate layer. For extra crunch, apply a thin layer or two of Dolci hard chocolate shell between thin layers of cream cheese layer.

Vanilla Cream Layer
Mix sugar, salt, and starch in a pot. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks, cream, and milk slightly. To the pot, slowly add the egg yolk/cream/milk mixture. Heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until thick and bubbling (but not rapidly boiling). Once the cream is bubbling, continue to cook and whisk for 30 more seconds. Finally, add the butter and vanilla and mix until the cream is smooth. Set aside.

Cut 2-4 bananas, and cover the cream cheese later with bananas and the warm vanilla cream. Place a plastic sheet over the cream in order to prevent a skin from forming on the cream filling. Place in refrigerator until completely chilled.

Top with favorite whipped cream topping. Garnish with chocolate, white chocolate, and nuts, as/if desired. May also cover with chocolate covered banana pieces. Chill 4 hours before servings.