This is the perfect pie combination if there ever was one, banana cream pie with a vanilla wafer crust! Layers of delicious vanilla cream filling with sliced bananas in a crispy vanilla wafer crust topped with homemade whipped cream...all I can say is yes please! I'll have another slice.
Pies served cool like banana cream pie are a summertime favorite. We also love this chocolate cream pie which my students made when I taught FCS.
Making this pie filling is fairly simple. Like my chocolate cream pie filling, I don't temper the egg yolks. I put everything in the saucepan (except for the butter and vanilla) and bring it to a low boil, stirring frequently. I find a whisk is useful for stirring the filling while cooking. The ingredients come to a hot temperature at the same same and do not require tempering.
Enjoy a slice or two!
Vanilla Wafer Crust
2 Cups crushed vanilla wafers
2 T. sugar
½ Cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1. Spray a pie pan with cooking spray.
2. Mix together wafer crumbs, sugar, and melted butter.
3. Press into pie pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 10 minutes.
5. Cool before filling.
Banana Cream Pie
¾ Cup sugar
¼ Cup cornstarch
2 ½ Cups milk (whole if available)
½ tsp. salt
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 bananas, depending on size
1. Combine dry ingredients in saucepan.
2. Add milk, egg yolks and mix well with a whisk.
3. Cook, stirring frequently over medium heat until mixture comes to a low boil. Boil for two minutes, until mixture thickens like pudding. Remove from heat.
4. Stir in butter and vanilla. Cool filling.
5. Pour half of the cooled filling into pie crust.
6. Slice bananas and add a layer of sliced bananas over the filling.
7. Then layer remaining pie filling over the bananas.
8. Top cooled pie with whipped cream and refrigerate until ready to serve.
1 ½ Cups whipping cream
3 to 4 T. sugar depending on how sweet you like it
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine ingredients in mixer using the whisk attachment. I usually start out slow to let the sugar dissolve, then whip at high speed until cream is whipped.
Use the splash shield on your mixer bowl if you have one or hold a tea towel up to prevent cream from splashing out of the bowl.
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My bread machine cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread post was first published back in 2013. It has always been relatively popular, but it has bumped up to most popular post the last two months since there has been a rise in home baking. I decided to do some updates with this new popularity so the boys have been enjoying way too much cinnamon sugar pull-apart bread.
Enjoy the updated recipe with some new photos. I left the old ones in too so you can see it in different size pans. Robert, my littlest helper, and I even made an instructional video. He is such a cute little helper in the kitchen and an eager assistant.
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My husband has dreamed of putting in a blueberry patch for years. Since this is our first spring on our little homestead, we planted blueberries and some raspberries too. We actually planted these about a month ago. Spring and fall are the best times to plant blueberries. (The grass in the pasture is really tall because it will be bailed for hay.)
Since this was a dream of his, he wanted really good established blueberry bushes. He did some research online and called the owner of a family-owned blueberry farm, True Vine Ranch in Kansas. The owner was really nice and answered his questions so my husband felt confident ordering from them. This is not a sponsored post, but we are really happy with these blueberry bushes so sharing our experience. It was a big investment to order a dozen three year old blueberry bushes so he wanted to make sure he ordered good plants and planted them correctly.
The blueberries arrived in large boxes as shown without containers, but with a lot of moist soil on the roots. They were packed six to a box.
We planted the blueberries in peat moss, per the instructions from True Vine Ranch. We needed to saturate the peat moss before putting it in the planting holes in the ground. We lined the back of the little truck bed with a tarp and filled it with peat moss. I then carried 5-gallon buckets of water from the old well in the pasture to the truck and dumped them in for the kids to mix. I think we used five bales of peat moss and somewhere around 16 or 17 (5-gallon) buckets of water. My husband dug all of the holes while we were mixing the peat mixture. My husband has since put a pump on the well and a hose so we don't have to carry buckets of water anymore.
The boys helping to mix peat moss and water.
My husband fertilized with Holly-tone (amazon link) an acidic fertilizer for acid loving plants like blueberries while the boys filled the holes with the peat mixture.
This poor little guy was done with planting blueberries and ready for a warm bath.
Planting blueberries was a lot of work and a big investment, but also a wonderful family experience. We hope to enjoy delicious blueberries and many wonderful family memories of picking berries, and preparing yummy berry dishes for many years to come.
For more info on growing blueberries check out the Blueberry Council.
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Egg Roll in a Bowl is one of my favorite easy throw together meals that everyone loves. I have been making this for years (updating an old post) and we still enjoy it every time. Cabbage and whole carrots keep in the fridge a long time too so this is a great recipe to make now that we are all staying home and visiting the store less frequently. Whole cabbage will keep in your fridge for one to two months and whole unpeeled carrots can last several weeks even up to three months in a plastic bag or sealed container in the fridge. And of course ground beef, pork, or venison is easy to store in the freezer.
I love the flavors that come together in this dish, especially sesame oil which adds so much flavor. I add more as I am cooking, checking the flavor as I go.
This will feed 6-8 people, so if you are cooking for 1 or 2 or even 3, I would halve the recipe unless of course you like lots of yummy leftovers.
Egg Roll in a Bowl (Egg Roll Stir Fry)
1 lb. ground beef, pork or venison
1-2 onions, diced (depending on size, I sometimes use 2)
1 Tbsp. (or more to taste) sesame oil (I use a lot more for flavor adding it as I cook.)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 - 1/2 cup soy sauce (start with 1/4 cup and add more to taste, I use 1/2 cup)
1 head cabbage, finely sliced
4 carrots, shredded*
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 oz. fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 small can sliced water chestnuts, chopped
Pinch or more red pepper flakes to taste, I like to add 1/4 tsp.
1. Brown ground meat, onion, and sesame oil in a large skillet or wok. If using mushrooms, add them here. Salt and pepper to add a layer of seasoning.
2. Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce and cabbage and cook until the cabbage is tender, stirring occasionally. If using water chestnuts, add them here.
3. Then add carrots and cook for a few more minutes til everything is hot and tender.
4. Salt and pepper again to taste. Add more soy sauce and sesame oil as needed to taste. I splash sesame oil in several times while cooking, checking the flavor as I go.
Add any additional flavors or ingredients you like. My husband always adds extra ginger to his.
*If you have a food processor, it will make shredding carrots super easy.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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