This Double Banana Caramel Cream Pie would have pleased her immensely. My mother was a fantastic cook and baker. To support us while my father returned to college for his second degree, we had 16 people for dinner at our house every night during the week and two teachers lived with us. Mother cooked all of those meals without help and on Sunday she pulled out all the stops for her family. She was an amazing woman!
My favorite desserts were anything with custard, pudding or pastry cream as a component. Mother was an interesting combination of scratch cooking (I ate croissants at every important occasion, including holidays, before anyone in the states ever heard of them) and little shortcuts she learned along the way. One of her shortcuts was combining Jello vanilla pudding mix which she made reducing the amount of milk slightly and combining it with whipped cream. This was one of my favorites. She would use it in cream puffs, banana cream pie and all manner of desserts calling for pastry cream. I loved every one of them. Continue reading