Randy's favorite fall tradition

| October 02, 2018

Fall gets me in the mood for Oktoberfest and other month-long festivals, especially my family’s Pie-Fest! Over the years, I have shared a passion for pies with my mom. She always made this pie for our family of 10 kids, and it was always the first to go. My eight sisters and I have altered it just slightly over the years, and I modernized it to make it a little healthier.

First get your own crust…I don't do crust recipes, so I just buy a 10-inch and put in my 10-inch glass pie pan. Next, do the fork pricks in the pie crust, including the sides. Brown that crust in your oven at 350° for about 10 minutes. Time to have some fun.

The ingredients:

  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 2/3 cup vanilla soy milk (healthier than whole milk)
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter (don't use margarine as your pie won’t stiffen up enough)
  • 1/2 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt
  • 4 large bananas, just riper than slightly green
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Cut the bananas into 1-inch slices. Don't go thinner as they will turn soft and mushy. Place the sliced bananas into a large bowl and add the lemon juice. With a soft spatula, fold the juice around all the bananas.

Mix all other ingredients in a large microwavable bowl, preferably glass. Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes, take it out and stir. Do it again, 3 to 5 minutes, and then again one last time, 3 to 5 minutes and your custard should thicken.

With your spatula, coat the bottom and edges of your pie crust with custard. Layer bananas on top, then add another coat of custard. Repeat until all the bananas and custard are used, making sure you do not leave any banana exposed to the air.

Let your pie cool, then place it in the fridge. While the pie cools, lick the bowl and spatula.

Once chilled, your pie is ready for the Pie-Fest of your life! You will be the healthy— but not really that healthy—pie person of the event.