Monday, June 13, 2011

Little D.'s Big Idea

I love when my kids take an interest in the food they eat. And no, I don't mean when they request to eat pizza and noodles every night. I mean when they stop and think "Hey, this will taste good together!" This is exactly what happened last week, when  Little D, and I hit the local Costco. We always buy bananas there because they are awesomely cheap. I noticed Little D. was deep in thought
 (as deep as you can be at the ripe old age of 4 1/2.) 
He turned to me and pipes up "Ma, can you make me a banana pie?"
Awww...just warmed my heart. Not only does he take the time to think if bananas will be good in a pie, but he has complete faith in his Ma that I can make him a banana pie. Warmed my heart to a golden brown

Chocolate Banana Cream Pie

One recipe Pat A Pie Crust

  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream or Rich's Whip, whipped

3 ripe bananas, sliced in circles
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup whipping cream or Rich's Whip, whipped

Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare pie crust according to instructions. Pat into pie pan, and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool while you prepare the chocolate cream. 
In a microwave or double boiler, heat chocolate, 1/4 cup water and butter/margarine until the chocolate and butter are melted. Cool for 10 minutes. In a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and remaining water. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches 160°F, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat; whisk in chocolate mixture. Allow to cool. Fold in whipped cream. Spoon into the pie crust.  Put in freezer to set, approximately a half hour. When set, arrange sliced bananas on surface of the pie. Microwave the peanut butter for 60 seconds. Drizzle over bananas. ( It doesn't have to be perfectly spread, just drizzled over the top.)  Spread remaining whipped cream over peanut butter. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles or chocolate syrup. 

And passed the test. Little D. licked his plate clean. Phew!
.....Now Z-Monkey has started brainstorming....stay tuned for his great idea!
 ( Not to be confused with Z-Monkeys birthday cake debut which will be posted next week. Can you believe its been a whole year since his Lego cake?! We are planning on topping that one, so stay tuned- it should be fun!!)


  1. forget the food, I love reading what you write. the food is just the icing on the cake. besides, whatever the monkeys say, is my beck and call!!
    I love those guys!

  2. sounds like it's going to be a busy week...

  3. So besides the point; but, I want to point out that we have the same dishes. Also, YUMMY! (The pie not the dishes.)

  4. What a sweet story! And that pie sounds great!

  5. Awww, how sweet.
    And it looks like your pie turned out very well indeed :)


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