Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Staying in the city this Fourth of July weekend; it's hot and muggy, and threatening rain. Not the perfect weather as we wonder if thunderstorms will drown out our BBQ plans and the fireworks. Never fear, rain or no rain, there will be a red-white-and blue dessert!

My older daughter wanted to make a special dessert for the holiday and we whipped up this banana cream pie in about 20 minutes. (I was glad we had all the ingredients on hand, didn't have to turn on the oven for long, and could do it before the littlest one woke from her nap.) Happy 4th!

Easy Banana Cream Pie
1 box of pudding mix (we used Dr. Oetker's Organic Vanilla which is probably less sweet that others)
2-3 bananas
Other fruit to decorate

Make pudding according to box. Line graham cracker crust with sliced bananas. Pour pudding into pie pan over bananas. Decorate with fruit on top. Chill until ready to eat.

To Make Crust:
Use a pre-made grahman cracker crust or make the simple one below:

20 graham crackers, or 2 cups of similar cookies
4 Tbsps of melted butter
1-3 Tbsp brown sugar (adjust based on sweetness of cookie used)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)

Use food processor to pulverize cookies into crumbs. Add butter, sugar and cinnamon and process a few more seconds. Pressed into pie plate and bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Allow to cool.

PS. The pie was demolished, even after a big steak dinner. My son declaimed it his favorite, ever. The rain held off to only drizzle and we hiked down to DUMBO to see the Macy's Fireworks over the Brooklyn Bridge. A "little" exercise after a big meal never hurts!

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