I used a hybrid of methods to get the meringue the way I wanted it... and I am happy to say it worked! I wanted the toasty golden peaks and soft inside like you would find on a pie, but I also wanted them to have some integrity so I could move them. The middles were still pillowy and moist and the peak was nicely caramelized.
Deconstructed Banana Cream Pie
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cups flour
2 T cornstarch
1/2 tsp salt
4 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups milk
1 T coconut oil (or butter)
1 tsp vanilla
4 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4 cups of sugar
- If desired, cut a pie crust into shapes and bake until crisp.
- In a medium sauce pan mix the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt.
- Add the egg yolks and mix until smooth.
- Slowly add the milk, stirring as you go. Whisk until all lumps are gone.
- Turn on the burner and cook over medium heat until thickened. Stir frequently being sure the scrape the bottom. Once it starts to thicken, it will go fast.
- Remove pan from heat and add the coconut oil and vanilla. Stir to incorporate
- Slice bananas and place in casserole or pie pan. Top with the warm custard. If you would like to serve it cold, go ahead and refrigerate.
- I wanted it to be warm still when I served it, so I put it in a 350 F oven for 15 minutes.
- For the meringues, place room temperature egg whites in your mixer bowl and add the cream of tartar.
- Mix until frothy
- With the mixer on medium-high speed, slowly add the sugar.
- When you have firm peaks, add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.
- Quickly put the meringue into a piping bag and pipe onto a parchment lined baking sheet. You could just spoon dollops onto the parchment paper.
- Place into a 450 F oven for 10 minutes. If the tops aren't browned to your liking, turn on the broiler until they are golden.
- Turn off the oven, but leave it closed. I left them in the oven during dinner and they were perfect when I got back to them. I didn't want them to be completely dried out, they just needed enough of a crust to be moved easily.
- Spoon your banana pudding into a glass. Top with a meringue and pie crust.
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