If you thought banana cream pie was too rich and sweet for you, this banana cream pie with coffee caramel will make you a convert! Sweet pastry cream filling is lightened up with whipped cream and layered with fresh bananas. Coffee-infused caramel sauce and a crunchy chocolate cookie crust provide a toasty contrast.

Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel

**This post originally appeared on my other blog, YinMomYangMom.com.**

I gotta be honest: when it comes to banana desserts, I am pretty touchy.

Banana pudding?  Ew.  Bananas Foster?  Ummm, ok.  Banana candy?  Gross.  Banana muffins?  I’m game.

My husband recently put in a request for banana cream pie.

Ehrmagerd, NER….!

Gag.  Too much.  Too much thick, too much creamy, too much sweet.  I have never really had a banana cream pie I could really get behind.

Until this one came into my life…

Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel

I think the whole key to this dessert is the coffee caramel.  I’ve posted about caramel quite a few times on this site, so I trust that I’ve gotten the point across: I really like caramel.

What makes this caramel different from all the rest is the addition of coffee.  Mmmmm, yeah…  It’s seriously good.

You know how caramel kinda has that roasty, almost bitter note to it?  And you know how coffee kinda has that roasty, almost bitter note to it?

Huh.  How ’bout that…?

Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel

I just steeped the heavy cream with finely ground coffee, and strained out the grounds with cheesecloth and a fine-mesh sieve, before adding it to the caramelized sugar.

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I used a chocolate cookie crust (store-bought would save time, I just couldn’t find one at my grocery store), to further contrast with all the sweet, custardy filling.

Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel

Speaking of which, this pastry cream gets lightened up with the addition of whipped cream.  I love how it makes that thick filling seem lighter-than-air.

Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel

So, just to recap, what we have here is:

1) Crunchy, deep, dark, chocolatey cookie crust
2) Sweet, custardy bananas
3) Roasty, toasty, coffee caramel, and
4) Fluffy, eggy lightly sweet pastry cream.

Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel

I’m officially a convert.

Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel

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Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Chill Time
2 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 

If you thought banana cream pie was too rich and sweet for you, this banana cream pie with coffee caramel will make you a convert! Sweet pastry cream filling is lightened up with whipped cream and layered with fresh bananas. Coffee-infused caramel sauce and a crunchy chocolate cookie crust provide a toasty contrast.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana cream pie with coffee caramel
Servings: 10
Calories: 562 kcal
Ingredients
For the Chocolate Cookie Crust
For the Coffee Caramel
For the Filling
Instructions
To Make the Chocolate Cookie Crust:
  1. Crush the Famous Wafers to a fine powder, stir in the melted butter, press into the bottom of a pie dish, and bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees.

To Make the Coffee Caramel:
  1. Place the heavy cream, butter, coffee grounds, vanilla, and salt in a small pot, and bring to a simmer.

  2. Remove from the heat and steep until cooled.
  3. Strain through a cheesecloth.
  4. In another pot, heat the sugar, corn syrup, and water over medium-high heat, until amber in color.
  5. Remove from heat and pour in the coffee/cream mixture. Set aside until cool.
To Make the Filling:
  1. Place the sugar, flour, and salt in a medium pot and gradually whisk in the milk and vanilla.

  2. Heat over a medium flame, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  3. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the egg yolks to gently warm them.
  4. Pour the yolks into the pot and return to the stove. Heat, stirring constantly, until bubbling and thick.
  5. Strain into a heat-safe bowl, cover the surface with plastic wrap, and chill.
  6. Whip the cream to soft peaks and fold into the cooled pastry cream.
To Assemble the Pie:
  1. Layer the crust alternately with bananas, caramel, and pastry cream.

  2. Garnish with coffee caramel, whipped cream, chocolate vermicelli, and sliced bananas. Serve chilled.
Nutrition Facts
Banana Cream Pie with Coffee Caramel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 562 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 178mg59%
Sodium 524mg23%
Potassium 400mg11%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 56g62%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 890IU18%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.