Banana Cream Pie
I've started a tradition at my workplace: every teacher gets to pick their absolute favorite dessert and I make it for everyone on their birthday. This has been a really fun thing to do so far - it's a great way to recognize everyone's birthday at work, since we're all so busy in our classrooms all day. Also, it's very fun for me because I have an excuse to learn how to make new desserts, like this pie! Cassie was the first teacher at the center to have a birthday since I decided to do this, and she told me that banana cream pie was her favorite dessert. I scoured all my cookbooks and searched for recommendations on message boards to find the best banana cream pie recipe, and this one from Bon Appetit's RSVP section came out on top. It's the recipe from a Memphis restaurant called McEwen's on Monroe that's famous for its banana cream pie. It's unique, distinguishing factor is the mashed banana baked into the graham cracker crust. Here's what it looked like before I added the whipped cream:Just looking at all those bananas floating in creamy vanilla custard makes me happy, because this pie was so good. Until this pie, I'm pretty sure the only banana cream pie I've ever had has been from Baker's Square, and while I do like banana cream pie from Baker's Square, I can now definitively say that this is the best banana cream pie I've ever had. So, I'm very glad Cassie gave me the opportunity to learn how to make this...she's a fabulous teacher and I hope she had a wonderful birthday.