Banana Cream Pie with Macadamia Nut, Honey & Cardamom Brittle

February  1, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 6 - 8
Author Notes

With the impending second ice storm barreling down on the midwest it was feeling like more than a three hour tour. In keeping the castaways at ease we dove into a family baking project, used the last three bananas and watched old episodes of Giligan's Island. —thirschfeld

What You'll Need
  • For the pie:
  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk, do not substitute
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 bananas
  • For the brittle and whipped cream:
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts, toasted and chopped, a good time to toast them is when you bake the crust
  • 2 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and 1/4 cup of butter in a mixing bowl and combine with a fork until you have a mealy looking mixture.
  2. Pour the mixture into a 9 inch pie pan. Press out the crumbs until you have and even crust up the sides and bottom of the pie pan. Bake the crust until it is beginning to brown and is set. About 5 to 10 minutes. Remove it from the oven and let it cool.
  3. While the crust is cooling combine the corn starch, sugar, egg yolks, cardamom, vanilla and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Place the milk into a sauce pan and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. While whisking the egg mixture add a cup of hot milk and whisk. Add the egg mixture to the milk pan and put it back over the heat.
  5. Let the pudding come to a boil and then whisk until thick. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the butter. Pour the pudding into a bowl and set the bowl into an ice bath to cool the pudding.
  6. Place the honey and the remaining cardamom into a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Let it boil until it becomes very foamy.(have a cup of very cold water handy and drop a small droplet into the water. It should separate into thin brittle threads) Add the macadamia nuts and stir. Remove the brittle from the heat and pour it onto a greased parchment lined sheet tray. PLace the brittle into the fridge.
  7. Slice the bananas and layer them onto the pie crust. If the pudding has cooled pour it over the bananas. Refrigerate the pie for two hours or more.
  8. Once the pie has set make the whipped cream topping. Either with a stand mixer or a hand mixer whip the cream until it begins to thicken. Add the powdered sugar and the vanilla and whip to stiff peaks.
  9. Chop the brittle.
  10. Pipe the whipped cream onto the pie and then top with the chopped brittle. Serve.

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37 Reviews

Kathyw December 1, 2021
My go-to banana cream pie recipe!! I don’t do the brittle on top, just some toasted almonds are plenty.
kristenh February 8, 2015
I have made this pie twice now and preparing to make it a third time. It is a absolutely lovely recipe. I used local organic whole milk and I had no idea how much flavor milk really should have. I make this recipe for the birthdays of friends and families. Highly Recommend!
Daniella P. September 5, 2013
The closes pie dish I have it 24cm. If I used that one, would I have to make a bigger quantity for the biscuit base?
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Daniella P. August 26, 2013
how long does the pie last int he fridge?
Daniella P. August 25, 2013
Does soya milk work?
ZombieCupcake February 16, 2013
Want to say thank you for this recipe made my grandfather and my birthday a great one! Think I ate 1/3 of it myself this will definitely be a birthday present to myself every year!
me B. January 14, 2012
I have never tasted banana cream pie (yes, I know!) but this is going to be the next dessert I make for my family. WIth the delicious brittle and homemade whipped cream, I believe this will be my new sinful treat!
rhubarb_season June 23, 2011
this was my first attempt at banana cream pie and most definitely the tastiest one i've ever had. i made it for a birthday and everyone raved about it. my brittle turned out perfect too (i used the water test) but i did substitute macadamia nuts for walnuts because of cost and it still tasted great. thanks for a fantastic recipe!
Stockout February 5, 2011
I couldn't pass up this recipe. Hands down my favorite pie, I haven't been able to buy a decent one for as long as I can remember, but at least 30 years. This recipe gives me no excuse anymore. What I wouldn't give to be able to lay on a layer of whipped cream the way you did but I will not let that stop me. Thanks for the inspiration. Excellent execution.
thirschfeld February 6, 2011
thank you Stockout. I had not had banana cream pie in a long time either and this one really hit the spot. Let me know if you try it.
monkeymom February 3, 2011
lucky lucky girls you have! banana cream pie is a fav around here. I love the easy crust and the brittle comb here. So good!
thirschfeld February 4, 2011
thank you but really I am the lucky one monkeymom.
Constrained C. February 3, 2011
love this update on banana cream pie. the brittle sounds delicious and is so beautiful sprinkled on top!
thirschfeld February 4, 2011
thanks so much Constrained Cook
edamame2003 February 3, 2011
this is the most perfect looking pie i've ever seen. drooling...thank you sharing the recipe; though sadly i don't bake.
thirschfeld February 3, 2011
but it is a no bake so you are in luck! Come on you need to be baking.
cheese1227 February 2, 2011
Wow, my husband would love this twist on his favorite.
thirschfeld February 3, 2011
I guess I see this on the table at Birthday time
nannydeb February 1, 2011
Yummy and beautiful!
thirschfeld February 1, 2011
thanks nannydeb, thanks for sending the ice storm our way or I probably wouldn't have made this.
testkitchenette February 1, 2011
I'll be right over with a spoon in my hand!
thirschfeld February 1, 2011
you are welcome to stop by anytime testkitchenette
Aliwaks February 1, 2011
OH MY GOD! ...thirschfeld, I feel like I say that about all your recipes..but really wow!!!!
thirschfeld February 1, 2011
thank you Aliwaks
drbabs February 1, 2011
Love. I was thinking about the combination of banana and cardamom today, too. Stay warm!
thirschfeld February 1, 2011
Thanks drbabs and I hope to see a banana cardamom post from you. We will be plenty warm.
hardlikearmour February 1, 2011
Gorgeous photo! Hope the castaways don't get too stir crazy.
thirschfeld February 1, 2011
We will go outside for some winter fun. Thank you
hardlikearmour February 1, 2011
Come to think of it, I loved snow days as a kid growing up in WI. We'd go out sledding or just play. Have fun with the monkeys!
mrslarkin February 1, 2011
thirschfeld February 1, 2011
I don't know yet, just getting ready to cut a few slices for lunch
thirschfeld February 1, 2011
Yep, diner counter, a cup of Joe, some bell bottom blues and your day would be set right
mrslarkin February 1, 2011
Guess what's for dessert tonight? I can't stop eating the pudding, though, so there may not be a pie at all.
thirschfeld February 1, 2011
there is definitely a little more pudding than needed, both girls had a little warm vanilla pudding for lunch, let me know how you like it
mrslarkin February 1, 2011
Holy smokes, this was good. Truth be told, my pie looked like a sad, pathetic attempt at replicating your pie perfection. Mine looked fugly, but it tasted damn fine. My brittle was delicious but not chop-able. More like stretchy. Maybe I didn't let the honey foam up enough?

The pudding alone is outstanding - and I must thank you thirschfeld, as I've been on a mission to find a good custard for the past 2 weeks. (Long story involving Dr. Who.)

We will be enjoying leftovers for breakfast, with a cuppa joe, and definitely will make this again in the future. Thanks!
thirschfeld February 2, 2011
I have been a little worried about the brittle. It worked perfect when I did it but there is so little honey you can't really get a candy therm. into it. I am thinking the plate test might be good. I am going to look into it and maybe do a little editing later. I am so glad you liked it though. Dr. Who being that time travel show?
mrslarkin February 2, 2011
Going to have a slice right now with my coffee, sit and enjoy the rain in my living room. :) Yes, that show - big ScyFy fans in the house.