Banana pudding, Bananas Foster, banana bread… Southerners really do have a knack for turning anything remotely healthy into a decadent treat. You could put this banana cream pie at the top of that list. I’m not sure if it’s purely Southern, but it’s pretty darn delicious.
This was my first attempt at making and eating banana cream pie. When it comes to pies, I generally stick to either pecan pie or ones with berries. Again, this cookbook is proving to be a godsend for my culinary ignorance. My tastebuds are forever indebted.
A traditional banana cream pie usually has a buttery pie dough or a graham cracker crust but I really liked the chocolate crumb crust here. It was not too sweet and provided a deep flavor that went so perfectly with the bananas. Plus you get to give a little oh-it’s-no-big-deal shrug when people ask… “you made the cookie crumbs for the crust too?”
While I’m not a coffee drinker, I do love the smell and taste of coffee… the caffeine just gives me too much of the jitters. When coffee is incorporated into a dessert, however, I am always game. Coffee ice cream, tiramisu, my favorite chocolate cake even has coffee in the batter. This Momofuku Milk Bar recipe bridges that gap between coffee drink and coffee dessert. It’s just such a desperate people pleaser that I had to show it some buzz-love.
Momofuku Milk Bar’s Cereal Milk™ White Ruskie is a twist on The Dude’s favorite drink, the White Russian. It incorporates an ice cream base made from Momofuku Milk Bar’s own concoction, cereal milk, and spikes it with vodka and Kahlua… this one’s for not for the kiddies, folks. Although I have to say that my first experience drinking alcohol was with an accidentally spiked piña colada at the age of 9, and I turned out just fine.