Sunday, September 30, 2012

Luscious Banana-Brownie Pie

If you have wondered where The Cozy Little Kitchen has been, this month is a busy one for us; but it's also a very good one! 
Mr. Cozy has been on vacation for the past couple of weeks!  In that time we've taken a wonderful trip to Chicago with his family, and my sister got married in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains last weekend!  (That's a whole other post!!!)  It's been a busy and joyous month to remember!

I just wanted to take some time to share with y'all a delicious pie recipe I made recently.  This is a recipe I've been meaning to make for years!  It came out of one of my favorite cookbooks--Keeping Good Company--which is a charming cookbook filled with absolutely delicious recipes and adorable illustrations.  Not to mention, it looks cute on my cookbook shelf!

Back to the pie...YUM!  It starts with a golden crust and filled with layers of brownie, fresh bananas, cream cheese, homemade whipped cream and bits of chocolate toffee bits sprinkled over the top!  It's an easy recipe with a few steps, but all of them are worth it when you have the finished result. 

For the brownie pieces, you can buy 4 brownies at the bakery or just use an inexpensive brownie mix, like I did.  I actually added chocolate chips to the brownie mix to make them a bit richer. 

I recommend making homemade whipped cream for the topping.  It's so easy!  All you do is pour some heavy whipping cream into the bowl of your mixer and add a bit of sugar and dash of vanilla as it's mixing.  Whip on high speed for a minute or so after adding the sugar, or until the mixture is fluffy.  If you mix too long, though, you'll end up with butter.  This extra effort of homemade cream will be what sets this pie apart!

 I made this banana-brownie pie to take to a friend's house, and we devoured it even after the big meal!  It's probably one of the best pies I've ever had!    

 I had to treat myself to a coffee topped with some frothy whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon while I was making the pie....
 Here's some snapshots of my messy kitchen as I was making the banana-brownie pie.  It's a good kind of messy when something so wonderful is at the end of it all!
I'll be back on here soon to share some pictures of the memories we've made the past few weeks!!! 
 Banana-Brownie Pie
1/4 c. Butter
3 oz. Cream Cheese
1 1/2 c. Powdered Sugar, sifted
1/4 c. Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
3 Bananas, sliced
1 (6 oz.) can Pineapple Juice
4 Brownies
Cut into 1 in. pieces 
1 Baked Pie Crust
(I used refrigerated crust with egg wash)
1/2 c. Chocolate-Toffee Bits or Chopped Pecans
Whipped Cream, for garnish
(I used homemade.)
Beat butter and cream cheese together until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar alternately with whipping cream.  Stir in the vanilla.  Set this filling aside.
Toss banana sliced in pineapple juice; drain.  Pat sliced dry with paper towels.
I scored my pie crust before I baked it so the crust wouldn't shrink in the pan. 
Spoon half the filling into baked pie shell. 
Arrange banana slices on filling.
Add the cut up brownies around on the bananas.
Top with remaining filling.
Top with fluffy whipped cream and add chocolate-toffee bits or pecans.
Refrigerate until serving.  I recommend no longer than 8 hours.  Enjoy the compliments you'll receive for this decadent pie!
I'm linking up with friends at:


Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Lovey, this sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

krishna said...


Maria said...

Mmm this pie sounds ridiculously good, Leslie!!! Bananas AND brownies??! It sounds so good, I'm adding it to my "to try" list of desserts! It looks so pretty and festive, too! Have a great Sunday!

Linda said...

That looks and sounds wonderful!! Two of my favorites...well 3 actually...bananas, chocolate and whipped cream!

elizabeth said...

YUMMMM! I'm pinning this!

Shareen Dunn said...

Yummy. Looks and sounds delicious. Perfect as we head into Fall.

Jeriel said...

Looks delish!! Can't wait to see wedding photos!