It is the custom in our family that the birthday person gets the dessert of their choosing for their special day. Recently we celebrated my son's 33rd birthday (how can I possibly have a child that old?) I asked him what he wanted and he said "something with chocolate and bananas". Hmmmm....what to make? I decided to do my version of a black bottom pie. A black bottom pie is basically a cream pie with a layer of chocolate. I added a layer of sliced bananas between the chocolate and the vanilla cream layer. The vanilla cream is a variation of the recipe my Mom has been making all her married life. She uses milk, I use half & half. Eating this pie was like eating a chocolate covered banana with a bonus of pudding! Oh, my, it was yummy! I made two pies; there was enough for all of us to have a piece and enough for the birthday boy to take the leftovers home.
Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie
9" baked pie shell
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy (whipping) cream
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
2 cups half & half
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
Bring whipping cream to boil (on stovetop or microwave). Pour over chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes. Stir until thoroughly combined. Pour on bottom of baked pie shell. Top with a layer of sliced bananas.
In a medium pan, combine flour, salt, cornstarch and sugar. Stir in half & half until combined. Bring to boil over low heat. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Combine the three egg yolks and one cup of the hot pudding, lightly beating until combined. Add egg/pudding mixture back to remaining pudding in pan. Cook over low heat for two minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and butter.
Pour pudding over chocolate and banana layers. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, pressing wrap onto the pudding (this is so you don't get a "crust"). Refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Top pie with sweetened whipped cream or meringue.