Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

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Bill Wesley


The "Toddle House" Restaurant chain was once one of the largest restaurant chains in the country. During the segregation era, they operated a parallel chain in the south for African-Americans called "Harlem House".
As a youngster, I remember the Toddle House located about a block from our home in Rochester, NY. Their Banana Cream Pie was the best ever.
Though the Toddle House is long gone, I never had a Banana Cream Pie so good. This is my version of that wonderful pie. Childhood lives on!


★★★★★ 2 votes

Six to Eight
1 Hr
35 Min


  • 2/3 c
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 3 c
  • 4
    large egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 1/2
    large bananas
  • 1/2 tsp

  • 4
    large egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp
    cream of tarter
  • 1/2 c
  • 1/4 tsp

  • 1
    prepared pie crust

How to Make Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie


  1. Pie Crust. Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees (F). Prepare a pie crust for a 9 inch deep dish pie pan (I use acrylic). Flute the edges and prick the bottom with a fork. Press aluminum foil against the inside of the pie dough and weight it to stabilize the crust. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove the aluminum and the weights. Reduce the oven to 375 degrees and return the pie crust and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Crust should be nicely brown.
  2. Custard mixture. Mix together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add, the milk and the egg yolks. Put the mixture in a medium saucepan an cook on medium to medium high, whisking the mixture constantly until large boil bubbles form. (Note: unless the custard begins to boil. the corn starch will not sufficiently thicken the mixture). Reduce heat until the custard thickens. Remove from heat and add the cut up butter and the vanilla and whisk well. Add one half of the custanrd to the prepared pie shell. Cut up the bananas and completey cover the custard. Add the remaining custard to cover the banana layer.
  3. The Meringue. With a hand mixer, mix the egg whites and the cream of tarter until frothy. Gradually add the sugar and the vanilla and beat at high speed until stiff. Spread evenly over the top of the pie.
    Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes until the meringue is nicely brown. Allow the pie to cool.

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About Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids

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