Fiesta Fried Banana Pie

My house has gone to the apes.
It was clean last week.
It was.
Sink spiffed.
Floor squeaked.
Papers en place.
But, a monsoon of monstrous proportions
(i.e. a 4-day weekend)
raged across our schedule
and I’m now typing
amidst a jungle of
moist dishrags & gooey breakfast plates.
Trying to find
Monday motivation
to tidy this place up
before I go*
Think I’ll start with
and some of this…

Fiesta Fried Banana Pie
A brief history of how this recipe came to be.
Readying myself for a pie contest last month, I was trying to conjure up something with Peruvian flair (it’s the hot menu trend for 2009). Flan! Dulce de Leche! Fried bananas! I thought. Then, those three treats made me think of Banana’s Foster. And THAT made me think of my favorite easy-peasy-diet-dessert, banana’s with caramel sauce & whipping cream. Thus armed with five obscenely delicious desserts as inspiration, I went to the kitchen and got cooking. The first idea was an ice-cream pie with a caramel-layered tortilla crust. Alas, it was a raging flop. After a bit of hankering and a lot of ingredient rearranging, this little beauty emerged. Slightly more fussy than I’d originally hoped, but entirely worth the time it takes to cook it. If you like banana’s, then we’re in business.
2 cups canola oil
8 Flour Tortillas
3 c. sugar
1/2 c. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. butter, melted
4 ripe bananas, diced
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. cloves
3 T. brown sugar
3 T. butter
3/4 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
3 T. flour
1 t. rum flavored extract
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. heavy cream
1 T. buttermilk
2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp. fresh orange zest
Cut tortillas into 1/2 inch squares. Combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Fry small batched of tortillas in hot oil until golden brown 30 seconds-1 minute, turning to fry both sides evenly. Once cooked, transfer immediately to cinnamon-sugar mixture and stir to coat. Allow to dry on a cooling rack.
Place fried tortillas in a large plastic bag. Crush with a rolling pin. Pour into a 10-inch pie dish, add melted butter and stir to coat crumbs. Press crumbs into bottom and sides of pan, forming a crust. Bake 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool until ready to be filled.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add remaining ingredients. Cook until banana’s are coated, approximately 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat, set aside.
In a large bowl, cream sugar and eggs together. Beat until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat together until well mixed.
With a spoon, fold Banana Foster Filling into buttermilk custard. Pour into Fried Tortilla Crust. Bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees for 40 minutes, or until center of pie is set. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
While pie is baking, combine above ingredients in a medium saucepan, over medium heat. Heat on stovetop until boiling. Allow to boil 2 minutes, then remove from heat.
Spread cooled caramel over the top of cooled pie, or drizzle over individual slices.
Place whipping cream and sugar in a large bowl. Scrape seeds from the center of the vanilla bean, and place in cream. Add orange zest. Beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
To serve, place a dollop of cream on each slice of pie.
*For added garnish, use a cookie cutter to cut a tortilla into decorative shapes.
Place atop finished pie to decorate.
Off to spit-clean the grass hut
before my little monkeys get home from school.
Hope your week is looking wonderful!

31 Responses to “Fiesta Fried Banana Pie”

  1. The Cookie Girl says:

    One Word! YummmmmmmmY!

  2. Sassypants Wifey says:

    I LOVE that you used the word hankerin. Kindered spirits we are!

  3. Becki Madsen says:

    When you are done spit cleaning your home-mine is available! Why do we even attempt to clean when there is a long weekend ahead? Oh well, someday we will wish for hand prints on our glass doors, spilled milk on the table and muddy shoes adorning the walkway. Gotta love those mess makers!

  4. Liz says:

    Wow this seems like lots of work but sounds so yummy!!!

  5. Cristine says:

    No way!!! Amazing.. just amazing! You are awesome!

  6. Pixeltrash says:

    Oh my. That’s too delicious looking. I’m TRYING to be good and you really aren’t helping. LOL! I’m copying this one into my “TO MAKE” file. I’ll make it when I am 5 lbs UNDER my goal. LOL!

  7. Jenny-Jenny says:

    Spit Clean? I’d rather bake! This dessert looks yummo!

  8. Rosie says:

    Yummy! Pretty soon I’m gonna haveto “Call Jenny”

  9. - bcgw. says:

    lord have mercy, that looks incredible. i love coming to your site, always makes me smile. thanks for that =>

  10. Sara @ Our Best Bites says:

    Holy moley, that looks amazing!

  11. Jen says:

    I want to make this. I want it right now.

  12. Noah's Mommy says:

    oh wow…I HAVE to make this…or attempt to make this….all I needed to see was fried tortilla crust…and you had me….

  13. Shannon says:

    that looks so good I almost licked the screen…

  14. Lisa Loo says:

    I will give you my first born if you come to my house and make that pie! Yum!

  15. Nicole says:

    the motivation is missing here but i am trying there are just too many monkeys.

  16. Henry says:

    OooOheeeooeeehaaaooohhaaoooo!! This is too good to be true! I am so glad I found this blog – thank you for the recipe, I could not have dreamed up such a dream food myself. Love Henry (the orangutangle)

  17. Kelley at My Island Wedding says:

    funny…, my house was clean last week too., but I didn’t get nearly as much done as you did!!!

    good for you and love your blog!!

  18. Kelley at My Island Wedding says:

    ph, and i forgot:

    gooey is good…

  19. Cinaed67 says:

    OOOH yes….. my next project! Thank you for the gooey idea!!! LOVE IT!!!

  20. Kevin says:

    That pie looks and sounds so good!

  21. Jenny says:

    k–I’m off sugar for a month…therefore, I shall not be returning to your blog anytime soon due to the large pictures of temptuous goodies that I want to gobble up…like a pig!

  22. Rachel says:

    Oh my!

  23. Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) says:

    I think I just died and went to tortilla banana heaven.

  24. Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) says:

    I think I just died and went to tortilla banana heaven.

  25. Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) says:

    I think I just died and went to tortilla banana heaven.

  26. Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) says:

    I think I just died and went to tortilla banana heaven.

  27. Zara says:

    OMG, that looks amazing. Going to have to try that.

    Found you through SITS! :)

  28. apparentlyjessy says:

    Gosh this looks delicious!

  29. The Cooking Photographer says:

    Lol this is out of this world crazy! What a fun recipe.

    I’ve been so busy I’ve missed a couple posts. Now I get to go see what you’ve been creating!


  30. Dana says:

    How much butter do you use in the buttermilk custard? I don’t think it was listed in the ingredients.

    Thanks for posting. It looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it.

  31. lyndsay says:

    WHAT THE! insanity!!!

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