Make Jason Santos' banana cream pie

This faff-free dessert from Jason Santos is not only an ideal way to end a meal, but it also contains one of your five-a-day. That means it's healthy, right?

Buttermilk & Bourbon

Serves 6-8

Preparation time 20 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour

"Anybody that knows me knows I adore any kind of cream pie, but I hate making pie crusts. I usually just buy one when I am making this at home. I personally use a graham cracker crust, but any pie crust works just as well because it is honestly just the vehicle to put a little heaven into your mouth." – Jason Santos


For the pastry cream

  • 150g sugar
  • 32g cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 710ml milk
  • 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste

For the whipped cream

  • 237ml heavy cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste
  • 2 tbsp sugar

For the assembly

  • 3 ripe bananas, sliced into rounds
  • 23cm pie shell, homemade or store-bought
  • 66g chocolate shavings


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, mix together the sugar, cornstarch, salt and milk.
  2. Heat over a medium heat, stirring constantly to ensure it doesn't scorch. When it starts to thicken, let it boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  3. With a ladle, slowly add the hot mixture to the egg yolks a little bit at a time while stirring constantly so the eggs don't curdle. When the eggs are tempered, add them back into the saucepan.
  4. Place the mixture back on the stove and simmer for 1 more minute until the pastry cream is the desired thickness. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla paste.
  5. For the whipped cream, using a stand mixer, whip the heavy cream, vanilla paste and sugar until stiff peaks form.
  6. To assemble the pie, place the sliced bananas in a single layer on the bottom of the pie shell of your choice and pour the pastry cream over them. Refrigerate for one hour, then spread whipped cream over the top. Sprinkle the chocolate shavings across the top and serve.