Dulce de Leche Pie
By Paula Deen
- Prep time: 20 minutes
- Cook time: 100 minutes
- Servings: 8
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs (16 crackers)
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 2 large bananas
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
- 2 (14-oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
- 2 oz good quality semisweet dark chocolate
- caramel sauce, for garnish, optional
Preheat the oven to 350 °F. In a medium bowl, blend together the graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar. Drizzle in the butter and mix with a fork until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Press the mixture evenly over the bottom and about halfway up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool completely before filling.
Preheat the oven to 425 °F. Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a shallow baking dish. Cover the pan snugly with aluminum foil. Set the shallow dish in a larger roasting pan and add hot water until it reaches halfway up the side of the baking dish. Bake until a dark caramel color, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Check occasionally to add more water to the pan as needed. The condensed milk will turn a nice brown caramel color. Carefully remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Whisk out any lumps until smooth and fill the prepared pie crust. Slice the bananas and arrange them on top of the dulce de leche caramel.
Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or in a large mixing bowl using a handheld mixer), whip the cream on medium speed until it starts to thicken. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until the cream holds nice soft peaks. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Drizzle with caramel sauce, if desired. Grate the chocolate on top of the whipped cream just before serving.
Tip: For 4 to 6 miniature pies, divide the crust and filling evenly among 4 to 6 (4-inch) pie pans.