Banana Cream Pie

If you like Marie Calendar's Banana Cream Pie... you'll love this recipe we've found.

INGREDIENTS
for crust:
use a 9 inch Pie Crust Baked and Cooled
or 9 inch Graham Cracker Pie Crust
or make one from scratch:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons ice water
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
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for filling:
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
4 egg yolks, beaten
1 teaspoon butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ripe bananas, sliced
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for topping:
fresh whipped cream
1/2 cup slivered almonds
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DIRECTIONS
The crust:
Beat together the butter and shortening until smooth and creamy and chill until firm. Sift together the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Using a fork, cut the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients, until the mixture has a consistent texture. Mix egg yolk, ice water, and vinegar into the dough, then form it into a ball and refrigerate it for 1 hour so that it will be easier to work with. Preheat the oven to 450 F. When the dough has chilled, roll it out and press it into a 9-inch pie plate. Press parchment paper or aluminum foil into the crust and weight the crust down with ceramic pie weight or another pie pan filled with dried beans.This will prevent the crust from putting up and distorting. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the weigh or pan filled with beans and prick the crust with a fork to allow steam to escape. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Let the crust cool.
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The filling:
Make the filling by sifting together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt into a medium saucepan. Blend the milk and eggs in a medium bowl, then add the mixture to the dry ingredients and cook over medium heat stirring constantly for 6 to 8 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens, then cook for 1 minute more. Remove the filling from the heat, and mix in the vanilla and 1 teaspoons butter. Put plastic wrap on the surface of the filling and let it cool to about room temperature. Once cooled to room temperature remove the plastic wrap and add the sliced bananas. Stir. Pour the filing into the pie shell and chill for a couple of hours before serving.
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for presentation:
Slice across the pie 3 times to make 6 large slices. Serve each slice topped fresh whipped cream and slivered almonds.

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