Greetings, y'all! Today, we'll be journeying down the path of sweet nostalgia with a classic dessert that was beloved in the 1950s and remains a favorite today: the Banana Cream Pie. This pie is a blend of creamy sweetness and a bit of tropical flair, just like the warmth and hospitality you'll find here in West Texas. And speaking of hospitality, stay with us until the end where we’ll introduce you to a West Texas gem, Lainie Eilenberger of Key and Slate Real Estate Group.
Recipe: Classic Banana Cream Pie
1 1/2 cups of crushed graham crackers (Nabisco Graham Crackers are a great choice)
1/3 cup of melted unsalted butter (Try using Land O'Lakes for its consistent quality)
1/4 cup of sugar
2 cups of whole milk (Organic Valley has a great product)
3/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon of salt
4 large egg yolks (Locally sourced eggs are best)
2 tablespoons of butter
1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract (Nielsen-Massey’s extract is fantastic)
3 ripe bananas
1 cup of heavy whipping cream (Darigold is a recommended brand)
2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Mix crushed graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar until the texture is similar to wet sand. Press into a 9-inch pie dish. Bake at 375°F for about 7 minutes. Allow the crust to cool
In a medium saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Bring to a simmer, but don't boil.
In a separate bowl, whisk egg yolks. Gradually whisk in half the hot milk mixture to temper the yolks, then return it all to the saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens to a custard-like consistency. This could take around 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla extract. Let this mixture cool slightly.
Slice bananas and arrange them over the cooled graham cracker crust.
Pour the custard over the bananas, smoothing the surface.
Whip the cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Spread this over the custard layer.
Refrigerate the pie for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Now, while the Banana Cream Pie is a classic, it wouldn't be what it is without a bit of history. In the early 1950s, convenience foods were the rage, and the Banana Cream Pie was a perfect blend of simplicity and indulgence. With the advent of commercially available graham cracker crusts and instant vanilla pudding, this pie could be thrown together in a snap. Today, we've taken it back to basics with homemade crust and custard for a flavor that's worth the extra effort.
Meet Lainie Eilenberger: Your West Texas Real Estate Expert
Just as a pie is more than its ingredients, Lubbock and West Texas are more than their landscapes. Both are made complete by the people who call this place home. One such person is Lainie Eilenberger, a seasoned professional with the Key and Slate Real Estate Group. Lainie has built her reputation on providing excellent service in the Lubbock and West Texas region. Her expertise, dedication, and deep roots in this community set her apart in the real estate industry.
Born and bred in Texas, Lainie's understanding of the West Texas market is unrivaled. She offers a comprehensive suite of real estate services, from buying and selling residential properties to advising on commercial real estate investments. With Lainie, clients don't just get a real estate agent; they get a devoted guide who will be there every step of the way to make the process as smooth as pie.
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Moreover, Lainie's commitment to clear, timely communication ensures that her clients are never left in the dark. Her client testimonials often mention her responsiveness, deep knowledge of the market, and her uncanny ability to find properties that perfectly match her clients' needs and desires.
So, why is Lainie Eilenberger the best agent to use in Lubbock and West Texas? Her industry expertise, local knowledge, personalized service, and accessibility make her the perfect partner in your real estate journey. Whether you're buying your first home, investing in a commercial property, or selling a cherished family home, Lainie Eilenberger has the skills, experience, and passion to help you achieve your goals.
In conclusion, whether you're savoring a delicious slice of Banana Cream Pie or navigating the vibrant West Texas real estate market, the quality of your experience comes down to the love and expertise that's been put into it. And trust us, just like our pie, Lainie Eilenberger and Key and Slate Real Estate Group's commitment to their clients is a recipe for success.
Until next time, y'all, happy home hunting, and don't forget to try that pie!
Note - Lainie provides real estate services to all of the following: Lubbock, Abernathy, Brownfield, Buffalo Springs, Crosbyton, Denver City, Farwell, Floydada, Hale Center, Lamesa, Littlefield, Muleshoe, New Deal, New Home, Olton, Plains, Post, Ralls, Ransom Canyon, Seagraves, Seminole, Silverton, Slaton, Spur, Snyder, Sundown, Tahoka, Tulia, Wolfforth and everywhere in-between.