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.
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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.
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(ick!)
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Trying to find
Monday motivation
to tidy this place up
before I go*
banana’s.
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Think I’ll start with
THIS
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.
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For the FRIED TORTILLA CRUST:
2 cups canola oil
8 Flour Tortillas
3 c. sugar
1/2 c. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. butter, melted
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For the BANANA FOSTER FILLING:
4 ripe bananas, diced
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. cloves
3 T. brown sugar
3 T. butter
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For the BUTTERMILK CUSTARD:
3/4 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. buttermilk
3 T. flour
1 t. rum flavored extract
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For the BUTTERMILK DULCE de LECHE
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. heavy cream
1 T. buttermilk
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For the VANILLA BEAN WHIPPING CREAM:
2 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 tsp. fresh orange zest
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To make the FRIED TORTILLA CRUST:
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.
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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.
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To make the BANANA FOSTER FILLING:
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.
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To make the BUTTERMILK CUSTARD:
In a large bowl, cream sugar and eggs together. Beat until light and fluffy. Add remaining ingredients and beat together until well mixed.
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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.
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To make the BUTTERMILK DULCE de LECHE
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.
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Spread cooled caramel over the top of cooled pie, or drizzle over individual slices.
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To make the VANILLA BEAN WHIPPING CREAM:
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.
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To serve, place a dollop of cream on each slice of pie.
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*For added garnish, use a cookie cutter to cut a tortilla into decorative shapes.
Place atop finished pie to decorate.
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Off to spit-clean the grass hut
before my little monkeys get home from school.
Hope your week is looking wonderful!
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31 Responses to “Fiesta Fried Banana Pie”

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    The Cookie Girl on April 27, 2009 at 10:17 am Reply

    One Word! YummmmmmmmY!

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    Sassypants Wifey on April 27, 2009 at 10:32 am Reply

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

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    Becki Madsen on April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am Reply

    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!

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    Liz on April 27, 2009 at 10:59 am Reply

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

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    Cristine on April 27, 2009 at 11:06 am Reply

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

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    Pixeltrash on April 27, 2009 at 11:14 am Reply

    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!

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    Jenny-Jenny on April 27, 2009 at 11:26 am Reply

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

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    Rosie on April 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm Reply

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

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    - bcgw. on April 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm Reply

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

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    Sara @ Our Best Bites on April 27, 2009 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Holy moley, that looks amazing!

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    Jen on April 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm Reply

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

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    Noah's Mommy on April 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm Reply

    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….

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    Shannon on April 27, 2009 at 7:32 pm Reply

    that looks so good I almost licked the screen…

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    Lisa Loo on April 27, 2009 at 9:31 pm Reply

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

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    Nicole on April 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm Reply

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

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    Henry on April 28, 2009 at 4:10 am Reply

    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)
    http://henryorangutangle.blogspot.com/

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    Kelley at My Island Wedding on April 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm Reply

    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!!

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    Kelley at My Island Wedding on April 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm Reply

    ph, and i forgot:

    gooey is good…

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    Cinaed67 on April 28, 2009 at 7:37 pm Reply

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

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    Kevin on April 29, 2009 at 4:58 am Reply

    That pie looks and sounds so good!

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    Jenny on April 29, 2009 at 9:22 pm Reply

    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!

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    Rachel on April 30, 2009 at 6:55 am Reply

    Oh my!

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    Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) on April 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm Reply

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

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    Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) on April 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm Reply

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

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    Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) on April 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm Reply

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

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    Mommy (That's my name, don't wear it out.) on April 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm Reply

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

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    Zara on April 30, 2009 at 6:54 pm Reply

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

    Found you through SITS! :)

    http://www.crazymom-zara.blogspot.com

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    apparentlyjessy on May 1, 2009 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Gosh this looks delicious!

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    The Cooking Photographer on May 2, 2009 at 11:14 am Reply

    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!

    Next…

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    Dana on May 4, 2009 at 7:35 pm Reply

    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.

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    lyndsay on May 8, 2009 at 9:04 pm Reply

    WHAT THE! insanity!!!

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