My husband’s schedule changed this week and it seems to work out that I can bake ALL Sunday afternoon! Not that I can’t when he is home but he is usually sleeping during the day and our room is right above the kitchen and our room can get unbearably hot if I have the oven on all day. So even during the summer when it gets unbearably hot in the entire house, I can send the kids outside and bake till I am blue in the face. That is what happened this past Sunday, however, all I had the ENTIRE afternoon were baking fails. I couldn’t get this one recipe I was adapting to work and I made it twice and then something else failed later on. Ugh, first Sunday baking day wasted. However, an epiphany struck just before I fell asleep but after the husband came home. I actually got to spend a bit of time with him before bed without little voices yelling at us or each other.
Anyways, I had written my epiphany down and got straight to it on Monday morning. It was actually pretty simple. I only had to bake the pie crust (and if you want to buy a ready made crust instead, I won’t tell) plus I was looking for a graham cracker one that wouldn’t just break apart once I cut it and now I’ve got one. I just adapted a peanut butter cream pie recipe using Nutella and added a very special ingredient…my FAVORITE thing to go with Nutella (as evidenced by my Nutella Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Banana Bread) …bananas! Then I topped it with more Nutella, whipped cream, hazelnuts and more bananas. Other than layering the Nutella cream and bananas a second time or maybe adding some hazelnuts inside, (I REALLY liked the hazelnuts on top, it really made that flavor pop. I wasn’t sure about adding them.) I wouldn’t change a thing.
So on to my Secret Shame which will lead to my GeekyLinks. It is not your sterotypically “geeky” thing but something that I really Geek Out about! Something that some of my family knows about me (O my poor kids!) but I have only shared with a few outsiders. I LOVE and by love I mean LOVE!!! Disco music. There I said it. I felt it was safe to admit it now partially after the Saturday Night Fever episode of Glee but as one who really enjoys disco, I would have to say that I was SOOOO BUMMED that the episode only focused on music from that movie. There is so much more! My favorite compilation is The Last Days Of Disco: Music From The Motion Picture which is what I was listening to while in labor with my first child almost 9 years ago. My nurse said to me, “Aren’t you a little young to be listening to that?” after asking what I was listening to. I was 25 at the time.
So are the younger generations not allowed to listen to the classics anymore? Yes, classics. Dance music nowadays is OK (not that I go dancing much) but if I am home and baking (my Disco Pandora station is what I was listening/dancing to while making this pie) or want to have an impromptu dance party with the kiddos…Disco it is (or really most music from the 70s). Give me Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, The Jacksons, KC and the Sunshine Band, Sly & The Family Stone, or Chic any day! It just makes you feel good! I will now and again listen to music from the late 80s and early 90s but the music I want my kids to know and dig (yes, I used the word dig) is music from my mother’s Motown era, that she sacredly passed on to me, or music from the 70s that I discovered a love for all on my own. Ok, my mom did have siblings younger than her that may have exposed me to it and maybe one was obsessed with Abba, however, my uncle that is only 10 years older than me certainly exposed me to metal but I am NOT fan of that.
So pick up an album or buy some songs, get your groove on, and make some pie!
I am also entering this pie into this month’s AlphaBakes Challenge, hosted by Caroline Makes….. and The More Than Occasional Baker. The letter for April was “b”. Check out the recipe roundup for April on The More Than Occasional Baker‘s site on May 1st! And thank you to her for letting me get it in just under the wire!
Nutella Banana Cream Pie
adapted from Cooks.com
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
5 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
4 ounces cream cheese
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup Nutella plus 6 tablespoons, divided
2 cups heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
chopped hazelnuts (optional)
extra Nutella for decorating (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375°. Place your graham cracker crumbs and sugar in your pie plate and mix with a fork until the sugar is evenly disbursed. Pour your melted butter into the mixture and keep mixing with your fork until the butter is completely incorporated. Press down firmly on your crumb mixture on the bottom and going up the sides of your pie plate till it is evenly covered. Bake the crust at 375° for 7 minutes. Set aside to cool completely (once cool to the touch you can place in the fridge to speed up the process).
I made my whipped cream next but depending on what you are using to mix for each step you might want to do it after the Nutella mixture.
In the bowl of a stand mixer place heavy cream and vanilla and place in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes along with the whisk attachment. Once chilled, beat until stiff peaks form and place in your fridge till you finish with the Nutella mixture.
Beat (I used my handheld at this point) the cream cheese and confectioners sugar till well incorporated. Add the milk and the Nutella and beat until creamy and well mixed. Take 1 1/2 cups of the whipped cream and set aside in the refrigerator. Fold in the rest of the the whipped cream, in two additions, into your Nutella mixture being careful not to mix.
Take your cooled pie crust and spread your reserved 6 tablespoons of Nutella and spread on the bottom of the pie plate. I placed each tablespoonful at different points on the crust to make it easier to spread. Place a layer of sliced bananas on top of the Nutella and then spread on the Nutella Cream. Decorate with more Nutella, sliced bananas (brush with lemon juice if you are concerned with browning), chopped hazelnuts, and reserved whipped cream. Chill for 4 hours to set completely.