Pie is one of those things that almost requires a family to enjoy it. For me, the word pie conjures up images of family and memories of my childhood and family get togethers. When I think of pie, I think of my mom’s amazing flaky pie crusts.
I decided to combine the two thoughts and made a banana cream pie with a twist.
I made an almond crust, then added a thin layer of dark chocolate (if that doesn’t scream love, I don’t know what does!), a single layer of fresh sliced bananas, and then a sweetened condensed milk custard. I decorated the pie with simple whipped cream rosettes and dark chocolate shavings. This is a nearly no-bake pie. The only time you have to turn on the oven is to bake the crust for 12 to 14 minutes. The almond, chocolate, banana, and custard flavors were fabulous together. The banana wasn’t overwhelming, allowing the flavors from the almond crust, chocolate layer, and custard to come through. I also thought that the bit of crunch that the almond crust added was a nice addition to the pie—better than the traditional banana cream pie which tends not to have as much variation in texture.