Saturday, September 22, 2012

Banana Coffee Pie

You know when your yellow banana gets all old and brown and you don't want to eat it anymore? and you don't want to make banana bread either? Make Banana Coffee Pie! Perfect for the fall weather. Here's my version based off of Ecualombian's recipe. (My first pie from scratch! Scroll down to read lessons learned too)

For the dough:
- 8 tbsp cubed butter
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour or all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp cold water

For the pie filling:
- 4 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp milk
- 1/2 cup light cream
- 2 tbsp ground coffee
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 banana

Additional Materials:
- rolling pin
- 8 inch pie pan
- foil or parchment paper

Let's get started!

1. Sift all the dry ingredients for the dough together into a bowl. Mix with an electric hand mixer. You can also use a food processor, if you have one. Be careful not to get flour everywhere!

2. Once the butter and dough are mixed together, with the butter about pea-sized, add the egg and water. Use your hands or mixer to make into dough.

3. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in freezer for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°F

4. While the dough is in the freezer, you can work on the filling. In a small pot on the stove, combine light cream, milk, and coffee grounds. Mix together and bring to a boil. 
Set aside to cool.

5. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until it turns a pale yellow color. Set aside.

6. Take the dough out of the freezer. Sprinkle flour onto the counter and roll out the dough until it can cover the entire pie pan.

 7. Lay the dough onto the pie pan. Trim the excess dough from the sides of the pan and poke holes into the bottom with a fork to prevent rising.

My dough was too soft so I had trouble getting it off the counter and had to re-mold it into the pan.. hence the finger indentations  

8. On top, lay down your dried beans and bake for 20 minutes.(see Lesson Learned right below for how I should have done this step)

This process of pre-baking the crust is called blind baking, a necessary step when making pies with moist fillings.
9. While your crust is baking, if your coffee mixture is cool or room temperature, while whisking, add it to the egg mixture. Then, add the ground cinnamon

At first, I was concerned about leaving the coffee grounds in there but it's actually not noticeable when you eat it! Plus, a lot of the coffee grounds stayed in the bowl when I poured it into the egg mixture.
10. Once your crust is done pre-baking, slice the banana and lay it over the crust.
11. Pour the filling over the bananas and bake for 30 minutes, until the pie is set.

12. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Dig in! 

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