Thursday, January 3, 2013

Banana Split Cream Pie

It's winter.
I know you understand that.
Anyone with a calendar gets it.
But here in the North when it gets cold, the ice cream stands CLOSE.

So sad.

Abbott's? My personal favorite ice cream/custard in the world?


But absence creates desire AND ingenuity, so I sat here thinking "What can I do with this delicious fresh vanilla custard pudding I made?

A banana cried out from the bunch on the counter.
And it wasn't brown and speckled. All the better.

A strawberry chimed in, singing harmony.

And Helen Gray talked about strawberry pie in Seekerville on New Year's Eve!

So I blame HELEN!!!!

For Helen's strawberry cream cheese pie, click on the COOKBOOK HERE!  
Anyway, for this bit of amazement you need a baked pie shell:

Or you can use a prepared pie crust.... or cookie crust.

Let your imagination and time guide you!




WHIPPED CREAM FROM HEAVY CREAM, Simple, simple, simple!!!


Custard filling:

4 TBSP. butter, melted
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn starch
4 cups milk
4 egg yolks

Melt butter in 3 quart pan. Remove from heat. Mix sugar and cornstarch in bowl, add to butter and mix thoroughly. Whisk in milk and egg yolks. Cook over medium/medium-high heat, stirring constantly (almost) until mixture thickens and boils.

Add two teaspoons vanilla and mix thoroughly. Chill. To prevent "skin" on top, lay a piece of plastic wrap directly against surface of pudding. This way the cream cannot rise to the top and no skin forms.

But I like to eat the skin, so if I don't let it "skin" it saves me from myself!

Put thin layer of custard on bottom of pie crust. Slice bananas and strawberries over the custard. Top with next layer of custard. Repeat with berries and bananas. Cover with third layer of custard.

Whip 16 ounces of heavy whipping cream and 1/3 cup sugar on high until peaks form.

 Test hot fudge sauce for possible poisonous after-effects:

If no poison present, continue:

Layer about 1/3 of the bottle (16 oz.) of hot fudge sauce over last layer of custard.

Oh my stars, this looks amazing. I'm totally in love right now. But, wait:

Spread a thick layer of whipped cream over the deliciousness hidden in the depths below.

Meet "Dusty":

Dusty isn't as high-tech as Edna, but he's a trustworthy old soul of the same era. I love him. I will not replace him. He ranks right up there with my pastry blender.... Aged but perfect in his combined wisdom.

What's that, Dusty?

You want to meet Edna?

You think she's hot?

EXCUSE ME???????

Get back in the drawer before I box your ears, young man.


Okay, back to it:

Using a sifter, dust about a teaspoon or so of cocoa over the whipped cream...

And yes, your company and/or family will love you.

Church ladies will sing your praises.

People will smile as they pass you on the street.

And all because of a pie, the work of human hands.

It's positively inspirational!


  1. I think i ate more ice cream in winter than summer last year.

    maybe could have some tonight just a little i have been good no chocolate or candy today. besides its 104F.

  2. 104.


    I'm watching my nice plow guy as he pushes 4 inches of new snow out of my driveway before my little peeps get here. It's 12 degrees... We have a 92 degree difference, my friend!!!!


    Have you put away your Chrismtas stuff yet? I haven't. I always wait until January 6th... Mary Connealy would laugh at me!!!

    But we always recognize the feast of the Epiphany before taking down Christmas: The Twelfth Night of the Season.

    I love it!

    Jenny, breathe cool. Think chilling thoughts! Bless you!

    1. Ruthy, I usually wait that long to take down the tree (if I don't get it done on New Year's day). Then I try to claim I did it intentionally for Epiphany. :)

  3. Hi Ruthy. started removing Christmas stuff today, as some cards only came yesterday keeping them up and the christmas village.
    its about 90 now at 8.30pm you dont want to know what tomorrow may be!
    of course now i need to vacuum which i can do cant sweep! will have another day of cleaning work tomorrow but will collect tne ironing. I do miss work!

    oh the ice cream was yummy.

    1. Ice cream tastes so much better when it's warm out. It's like a reward!

      Bless you! Hey, I've got some ironing for you... :)

  4. Ooooh an Edna and Dusty love story!!!!!!!! Just imagine all the things they could produce in a harmonious union! :-)

    Ruthy, I would never in a million years thought up a recipe like this. You get brownie points for creativity!

    I still haven't tasted frozen custard. That has to go on my 2013 must-do list.

  5. Ruthy, this looks amazing. Man O eats ice cream throughout the year. Seasons don't stop him and this guy gets cold so easily.

    Kav, you must taste frozen custard. But if you do, you won't stop.

    I make my own hot fudge. Water, cocoa, sugar and one tablespoon of butter. In the microwave they go and voila. But I totally understand the jar.

    1. Julie, thanks for sharing that! I've tried to make it before but didn't think of the butter. Mine wasn't very good. LOL

  6. Shame on you, Ruthy! I have a quart of peppermint ice cream in the freezer that I've been successfully ignoring

    (being post-holiday-sweets good and all)

    and then you have to tempt us with THIS! Pie, custard, fudge, strawberries and bananas...oh my...and Dusty with his cocoa powder was the final straw....

  7. Um, YUM. Ruthy, it is so sad when DQ and our local ice cream hubs close up during the winter. I love ice cream and eat it year round. (Hey, it was 9 degrees this morning. So what? Drink hot chocolate with your Mint Chocolate Chip). I just get ice cream at the grocery. lol.

    This looks too good. If you value your waistline, avert eyes away from monitor immediately!!


    1. Ok, just erased my comment by accident...

      It was mostly drooling and sobbing.

      and something about not needing to leave the house now that I have Julie's recipe for hot fudge.

      House bound with an endless supply of hot fudge?

      Not good.

  8. P.S. Edna is giving me a superior look.

    When Nada was here making nut roll, she asked where my sifter was.

    Sifter??? What is that? Like a colander, but for flour? WHY?

    Uh-huh. getting 'the look' here.

    And she says Dusty's a stud. Give her ten minutes on 'beat egg whites' and she'll be hotter than he can handle.

    Of course, with that rough-and-tumble, built-to-last-a-few-generations look, I think Rusty won't have any problem.

  9. YUMMO!!! This looks amazing!!! (I just read somewhere that "amazing" is the most overused word today! But sorry, only that word will do right now. LOL)

    I think I could make this! I only have blueberries right now, though. No strawberries. I think that would work, though.