Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie is a light creamy pudding pie poured into a flaky homemade pie crust.

The recipe is over 100 years all from scratch and I will warn you, it's sinfully addicting.

There is nothing like homemade banana pudding and the pie takes a little time and work but well worth it.

Mom only made it for special occasions and this was a favorite as a child and still is into adulthood.

With my tips and suggestions, you will be serving the best tasting banana cream pie you have ever eaten.

Two of my other favorite pies to try are Strawberry Cream Pie and Coconut Cream pie, both a dreamy creamy confection and perfect desserts!

Scroll down to the printable card for these easy recipe instructions.

this is a banana cream pie in a graham cracker crust

Homemade Banana Cream Pie is the BEST!

During my childhood days, we used to play a game called pies.

We all picked a pie we like and then you have to guess what kind we were.

I always picked Banana Cream Pie.

I was only 7 years old then. I still remember how much fun though we had.

All the kids on the block knew how great this pie was too, mom always made sure everyone had a taste on the block so they knew my answer and I always lost the game!

Great memories.

If there is a second favorite pie in my desserts I love, it's red raspberry.

Then I also love coconut cream pie too!

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Ingredients You Will Need to Make Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

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  • sugar
  • whole milk
  • cornstarch
  • egg yolks
  • salt
  • vanilla extract
  • butter
  • sliced banana's
  • Pie Crust:
  • all-purpose flour, plus more for surface rolling
  • sugar
  • salt
  • solid vegetable shortening
  • ice-cold water
  • Graham Cracker Crust :
  • finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • white granulated sugar
  • melted butter
  • optional: cinnamon
  • Whipped Cream Topping
  • heavy cream
  • sugar
  • vanilla

old fashioned homemade banana cream pie in a pie plate with whipped cream on top homemade banana pudding, bananas on top and whipped cream


  • Make sure you scald the milk to 83 degrees and temper the eggs
  • Garnish the top of the pie with sliced bananas but the first place in lemon juice to prevent browning
  • We only used heavy cream whipped for our banana cream pies
  • You can substitute a store-made pie crust but it won't be the same experience of this fabulous pie
  • Always refrigerate the homemade dough first
  • Use a deep-dish pie plate for this pie recipe
  • For studier whipped cream add powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar and pipe it through a pastry bag on the pie

this is the beaten eggs that goes into the banana cream pie

Check out these other family favorite pie recipes:

Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Cannoli Pie
Pineapple Pie

bananas on top of a cream pie

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Best Banana Cream Pie Recipe Ever

This recipe is dated back in the 1940s when mom first got married.

The pies were loaded with cream that came straight off the top of the milk bottles that were delivered to our door.

Then between the banana custard-like pudding and freshly whipped cream with sliced bananas on top, this pie is truly heavenly.

She always soaked the bananas in lemon juice to keep them from browning, that was one of the tips I added also.

Again, it's a little effort to make this pie all from scratch but totally worth it, let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it in the comments.

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Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

prep time: 15 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 55 M
This pie recipe is over 100 years old my mom made for special occasions. The pudding and crust is all from scratch. The banana pudding is light with cream and a rich banana old fashioned pudding.


  • 3/4 cup sugar 
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 peeled and sliced banana's
  • 1 (9-inch) baked pie shell recipe below or use a graham cracker crust recipe below
  • 3 cups Heavy Cream Whipped and sweetened with sugar (saving 1 cup for the filling)
  • sugar to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


How to cook Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie

  1. Pudding:
  2. In a nonstick 1-quart saucepan, combine 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup milk.
  3. Scald mixture. In a small mixing bowl, whisk the remaining 2 cups milk and cornstarch together to make a slurry.
  4. Whisk egg yolks with salt in a medium bowl.
  5. Temper yolks by adding 1/2 cup scaled milk mixture to yolks and whisk well.
  6. Add yolk mixture and put back into milk mixture and whisk vigorously over medium heat until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, add vanilla, and butter.
  8. Whisk until uniformly incorporated.
  9. Add sliced bananas to the pie shell.
  10. Pour 1 cup of whipped cream to the filling folding gently, pour into the prepared pie shell over bananas. ( use either crust recipe below)
  11. Cover the pie with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
  12. Slice bananas and place them in lemon juice for garnishing to prevent browning.
  13. Chill the pie completely, about 2 hours.
  14. Cover pie with whipped cream and sliced bananas on top.
  15. Baked Graham Cracker Crust :
  16. 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  17. 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  18. 6 tablespoons melted butter
  19. optional 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  20. Mix everything into a bowl, press the mixture into a deep-dish pie plate.
  21. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  22. Bake crust for 7 minutes.
  23. Cool the crust completely before filling.
  24. For just a chilled crust, refrigerate the crust 1 hour before using.
  25. Pie Crust Shell:
  26. 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface rolling
  27. 1 tablespoon sugar
  28. 1 teaspoon salt
  29. 3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
  30. 6 to 7 tablespoons ice-cold water
  31. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  32. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Mix well.
  33. Add the shortening and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  34. Add the water and let sit 1 minute.
  35. Either using a fork or your hands, carefully press the mixture together to form a softball.
  36. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.
  37. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured surface.
  38. Roll the dough into a circle about 12 inches in diameter and 1/4-inch thick.
  39. Gently fold the circle of dough in half and then in half again so that you can lift it without tearing it, and unfold into a 9-inch by 2-inch deep-dish pie pan.
  40. Crimp the edges and chill again for 30 minutes before baking.
  41. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  42. Bake pie shell until golden, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  43. Remove from the oven and cool completely before filling with banana pudding, top pie with whipped cream and banana slices if preferred.
  44. For Heavy Cream Whipped:
  45. Place mixer bowl and whisk in the freezer for at least 20 minutes to chill. 
  46. Pour heavy whipping cream, sugar to taste and  1 teaspoon of pure vanilla into the cold bowl and whisk on high speed until medium to stiff peaks forms, about 1 minute. Do not overbeat.
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More Desserts To Try

Chocolate Chip Pie
Old Fashioned Banana Pudding
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old fashioned banana cream pie recipe

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2009. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. I love banana cream pie!! Yummy, I need one like right now!

  2. Wow, looks very delicious! :-P

  3. Ooo...looks delicious! You're such a good baker.

  4. This is one of my favorite pie flavors - yours looks wonderful.

  5. Oh how I love banana cream pie! This looks delicious.

  6. Looks so yummy. Too bad I'm allergic to bananas :(

  7. Yea! Another childhood favorite!

  8. oowwwaaa.... dat looks so decadent :)

  9. Oh my gosh this looks fabulous!! Would you send me a banana cream pie please please please

  10. Simply delicious ! Thank you for sharing. Cheers !

  11. That's beautiful and that sounds decadently delicious.

  12. Bill loves a banana cream pie and I love your recipe from scratch!

  13. That looks incredibly delicious and so tempting!

  14. Oh my goodness, this is a delicious and comforting pie that we will love ! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  15. My grandmother taught me how to make her banana cream pie when I was a teenager... Of course I can't remember how now and have long since lost her recipe. This is exactly how I remember making it! Thank you!


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