The Rice Family Banana Dream Pie

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One of my husband’s absolute favorite pie that I make is my Banana Dream Pie.  Do you remember the old soda shop Banana Milkshakes or better yet the Banana Vanilla Wafer Pudding dessert from Sunday potlucks of years gone by?  Well, that is exactly what this tastes like.

Baking time:  15 min   |  Prep. Time:  30 min  |  Chill Time: Over night (min 2 hours)

The Rice Family Banana Dream Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of mini vanilla wafers
  • 2 tsp of sugar
  • 3 bananas
  • 1 large box of banana instant pudding (Jell-o brand)
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole chilled milk
  • 1  8 oz. container of cool-whip topping
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) real butter, melted (DO NOT USE MARGARINE!)
  • Fresh Fruit powder (or lemon juice) to keep the bananas from browning
  • 1 deep dish pie pan.

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 F.
  2. Empty 3/4 of the box of mini vanilla wafers into a food processor and pulse until the consistency of gram cracker powder.

     

  3.  Mix together until crumbly but in “marbles”.
  4. Press into the pie pan, if a foil pan, fold the edges upward and press the crust evenly to the very edge.
  5. Bake the pie crust in the oven at 325 F for 13 to 15 minutes until there is a slight golden glow to the crust.  Do not over bake.
  6. Take out of the oven and let cool.
  7. Cut 2 bananas in thin slices and place the slices in a bag with a sprinkle of Fresh fruit or a touch of lemon juice and shake coating the banana slices.  This keeps your bananas from browning fast.20200131_201121.jpg
  8. Arrange your banana slices on the pie crust once the pie crust is cool.20200131_200649.jpg
  9. Set your pie crust to the side.
  10. In a large bowl add your Banana Instant Pudding and 1 1/2 cups of whole milk. Blend with a hand mixer until thick.  20200131_195454.jpg
  11. Add in all of the cool-whip EXCEPT for one big spoon full.  Mix into your pudding mix.
  12. Continue to mix until a thick creamy pie filling.
  13. Spoon over pie crust and banana slices, smoothing the top.20200131_200947.jpg
  14. Slice the 3rd banana and treat with Fresh Fruit/Lemon juice as you did for the pie base.
  15. Arrange cool-whip and banana slices over the top of the pie.
  16. With your remaining Mini Vanilla Wafers, create an edging around the edge.         IMG_20200131_202247_759.jpg
  17. Chill overnight or a minimum of 2 hours in your refrigerator, to finish firming up.

 

Serve and enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Mrs. Kay Rice

 

My Fruit Cake

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I have had requests for this yummy fruit cake several times. This is not the brick that gets passed around as the dreaded white elephant every year at the holidays. No, this is a recipe given to me by my Grandma and it is yummy!

It is also enjoyable ANY time of year! When I was little my favorite way to enjoy it was to have a slice slightly toasted and slathered with fresh butter (the real stuff). The preserves throughout really doesn’t need butter, but when you have southern family, EVERYTHING is better with butter!

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Prep. Time: 2 hours (You can not rush awesomeness)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 2 c sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp allspice, ground
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c buttermilk – REAL Honest thick creamy butter milk!
  • 2/3 c cherry preserves — I make my own, perhaps next year I will use my cherry chipotle jam!
  • 2/3 c apricot preserves – I make my own
  • 2/3 c pineapple preserves – I make my own
  • 1 c pecans, in pieces
  • 1 tsp REAL vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Mix Buttermilk with Baking soda and set aside.
  3. Cream butter (or Margarine), Sugar, & eggs until light, Sift dry ingredients together and add creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and baking soda mixture.
  4. Fold in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Bake in a large tube or bundt pan (You can also use the mini bundt pans for sharing sizes) for 1.5 hrs check at 1 hour at 325F. Cool in pan for 15 mins before removing.
  6. I also sprinkle a little powder sugar or some of my lemon sugar over the top for a look of a kiss of frost.

Now the best part! ENJOY! You may not want to share this fruit cake!

Until Next Time!