Post-Thanksgiving Day

Since we had no leftovers (mainly due to our pigging out and not our expert use of measurements), we cooked an entirely new meal from scratch, which I’ll tell you about after I first gripe about spending half a day trying to hook up Netflix and Pandora wirelessly to my new Samsung flat-screen TV and Samsung Blu-Ray player.

Of course the salesperson at Radio Shack forgot to mention in his pitch that I had to purchase a Samsung wireless USB adapter separately to set it up properly for an additional $80. I couldn’t justify paying more than half the cost of the player just to get wireless so I bought a 25 ft ethernet cable off eBay for $4 and will settle on simply playing DVDs until the cable arrives. Meanwhile, I nursed my bruised technibility by baking a banana cream pie, what else?

Here’s the recipe I used:

Banana Coconut Cream Pie
Serving size: 8

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 3 ripe bananas, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon agave sweetener
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 6 oz block of bittersweet chocolate

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake crust 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.

Filling: Combine brown sugar, cornstarch, shredded coconut and salt in a bowl. Add egg yolks and 1 teaspoon vanilla, and whisk until smooth. Bring coconut milk to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of coconut milk to yolk mixture in a slow, steady stream while whisking constantly. Then pour mixture into saucepan with hot coconut milk and cook, whisking until mixture is thickened (about 6 mins). Add butter and stir until melted then add bananas. Pour into crust and refrigerate for an hour.

Topping: Beat together heavy cream, agave, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until soft peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, spread whipped cream over filling shaping into peaks.

With a vegetable peeler, shave chocolate and sprinkle over pie.

Enjoy this amazing pie!


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