Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Banana Cream Pie With Graham Cracker Crunch

Another fun recipe from Elinor Klivans's new Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook is this banana cream pie. The formula for the graham-cracker crust is set up for excess. Most of the crust mixture (graham-cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, butter, miniature chocolate chips) is pressed into a 9-in.-dia. pie pan. The remainder is shaped into a 8-in. round on a baking sheet, then baked alongside the crust. The bonus crust crisps up into a cookielike treat that is crumbled over the whipped-cream topping that covers the pie's banana-vanilla pudding filling. Completely over the top, totally excessive, and lots of fun.

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