Benny’s Banana Cream Pie {Recipe}

Benny’s Chop House, in Chicago, is known for their four pillars of hospitality:  service, food, wine, and ambiance.  And yes, those things are very important, yet I think they’re missing a 5th pillar – which really makes a house stable, the Banana Cream Pie pillar.  The most under-utilized and talked about pillar in modern day restaurants   I’m really surprised they don’t exploit it more often.

Here you have it, the 5th pillar…kinda silent, but makes quite the statement when sitting before you on a plate all majestic like.  Isn’t she a beaut?

Old school Banana Cream Pie


Benny’s Banana Cream Pie

· 1/2 cup sugar
· 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· 2 1/2 cups milk
· 2 egg yolks
· Pinch of salt
· 1 tablespoon butter
· 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 3 ripe bananas (large)
· 1 cup heavy cream, whipped, sweetened with a little powdered sugar and a drop of vanilla extracts
· Vanilla extracts (one or two drops for whipped cream).
· 2 Cups Graham cracker crumbs
· ¼ Cup granulated sugar
· Pinch of salt for crust
· 4oz. Butter (melted)
Graham cracker shell:
Toast graham cracker crumbs and combine with melted butter, sugar, and salt.. Fill pie pan with crumb mixture by pressing into a shell shape with the palm of the hand. Toast again until it browns lightly. Cool, and set aside.
Mix sugar with flour and salt in top of a double boiler. Gradually stir in milk; continue cooking, stirring constantly, over boiling water until thickened. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. To the beaten egg add a small amount of the milk mixture while stirring vigorously; return egg mixture to the milk mixture in the double boiler and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 more minutes over hot water (not boiling). Remove from heat; add butter, salt and vanilla then cool.
Slice 2 large bananas into the baked pie shell. Pour cooked mixture over bananas all at once. Chill for 1 hour or more. Just before serving, cover custard with the thinly sliced remaining banana. Whip cream to soft peaks, add vanilla and sugar. Finish by garnishing pie with clouds of soft whipped cream.

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