Copycat Marie Callender's Banana Cream Pie
- 9 inch pie crust, baked and cooled
- 2 sliced bananas
- 1/4 C. soft beaten cream cheese
- 2/3 C. sugar
- 1/4 C. cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 C. evaporated milk
- 1 1/2 C. whole milk
- 4 beaten egg yolks
- 2 Tbs. butter softened
- 1/8 C. sliced almonds
- 1 Tbs. vanilla
Mix in a 2 quart sauce pan sugar, cornstarch, salt, evaporated milk and whole milk. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils for 1 minute. Remove from heat slowly pour half of the hot mixture in to eggs and stir until that mixture is completely incorporated. Then pour the egg mixture in to the pot with the other half of pudding and continue to cook on medium heat until it reaches boiling stage again. Add cream cheese and mix thoroughly. Use a hand mixer, it will dissolve the cream cheese better and make the pudding lighter and creamier. Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter, keep using the hand mixer until all is blended. Let pudding stand for 15 minutes but while still warm pour half of pudding in pie shell and layer with bananas then pour remainder of pudding on top.
When pie is completely cooled top with fresh whipped cream and garnish with sliced almonds.