Here at Southern Living, we can turn any day into an excuse for pie, but the anniversary of Elvis recording “That’s All Right” at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, also known as the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, requires a rockin’ pie. Make this Peanut Butter-Banana Cream Pie, and serve it to all your friends and your mama. It’s what the King would have done.
22 peanut butter sandwich cookies
1/2 cup lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups half-and-half
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
2 medium bananas
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Garnishes: halved peanut butter sandwich cookies, chopped lightly salted dry-roasted peanuts
Preheat oven to 350°. Process cookies and peanuts in a food processor about 1 minute or until finely chopped. Stir together cookie mixture and melted butter. Press crumb mixture on bottom, up sides, and onto lip of a lightly greased 9-inch pie plate.
Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).
Whisk together granulated sugar and cornstarch in a large, heavy saucepan. Whisk together half-and-half and egg yolks in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk half-and-half mixture into sugar mixture, and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute; remove from heat.
Stir butter, peanut butter, and 1 tsp. vanilla into sugar mixture. Place heavy-duty plastic wrap directly on warm custard (to prevent a film from forming), and cool 30 minutes.
Cut bananas into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place in a single layer on bottom of crust, covering bottom completely. Spoon custard mixture over bananas; cover and chill 4 to 48 hours.
Beat cream at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla, beating until soft peaks form. Top pie with whipped cream mixture. Serve immediately, or chill up to 4 hours
Note: We tested with Nabisco Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cookies.