Who doesn’t love pie? It can be messy to serve though. Put Banana Cream Pie in a jar and its easier to eat and prettier to photograph.I figured with it being May, it was time to start scouring the internet to find my next new summer dessert. Thank you to Glorious Treats for this months inspiration.
Look at all those layers of caramel, whipped cream, banana custard and crunchy graham cracker goodness. YUM! The custard is a little tedious. You also have to wait until it is cool, but a little planning ahead and I promise that Mom will love it!
Banana Cream Pie in a Jar- Serves 6/8 oz servings
Vanilla Pastry Cream (2/3 C sugar, 1/4 C cornstarch, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 C half and half, 2 eggs, 2 TB butter, and 1 TB vanilla)1.
Graham Cracker Crust (1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs, 1/3 C butter, melted, and 1 TB sugar).
2 Bananas, caramel sauce, 3/4 C heavy whipping cream and 1 TB powdered sugar
Make your pastry cream by using a medium bowl. Beat eggs and set aside. Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan. gradually pour in milk, while whisking, to make a smooth mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and boils. Continue to cook and stir one minute after it begins to boil.
Pour several tablespoons on hot mixture into the bowl of eggs and stir well. Pour warmed egg mixture into the pan with the rest of the hot milk mixture. Return to a slow boil and cook for one more minute, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Set aside to cool. When pan is cooled, place plastic wrap on top of surface and refrigerate until fully chilled.
Make your Graham cracker crust by mixing the crumbs, sugar and melted butter together. Pour crumbs onto a sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Watch carefully so it does not burn. Allow to cool.
Assemble dessert. Spoon about 2 TB graham cracker crumbs in a bottom of jar or glass. Pat crumbs down to make a firm layer. Add a layer of pastry cream. ( I like to put this into a pastry bag to make it easier). Add a few slices of banana followed by a layer of whipped cream. Add some graham cracker crumbs and drizzle caramel sauce. Repeat layers. Serve immediately think it tastes better after it has been chilled for a couple of hours.
Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there and special thank you and I love you to my Mom and Grandma!