The bananas foster custard pie is my current project in the works. We had the initial version, but that missed the mark for me. It just wasn’t it. So, with my partner in crime, we discussed what was wrong, and what was right, about that first draft version.
We decided that sauteing the bananas would be better, along with using riper bananas. That meant waiting several days for bananas to ripe enough to use. We also thought a cookie crust would be more appropriate rather than a traditional one.
I sauteed the bananas, adding cinnamon & brown sugar to the butter & banana mixture. I used a cookie crust, substituting brown sugar and adding cinnamon. Instead of combining the custard & banana mixture, I put the banana mixture on the crust, topping it with the custard mixture.
Oh, was this version a bust. Minimal banana OR cinnamon flavor (there was a whole tablespoon in the filling) and lacking the element of “rich” that it should have had. My buttermilk custard was too firm, the flavor lackluster. It all tasted much better before it was cooked than it did after being baked together, and the baking SHOULD have brought it all together.
So, with another failure staring at me…we have to rethink the whole project. Brown sugar is a yes, sauteed bananas is a yes, cookie crust is a yes-but-not-that-recipe, and layered pie flavors is a huge no-no-NO.
In the meantime, we have a pie with two slices removed, which means I have to figure out a way to get rid of the other six slices. Doing the math, I suspect that means that it is two slices per dog? (Yes, we have three rescue dogs, but no…I can’t do that. One of them is a chihuahua, and two slices of pie for a five pound dog is a bit much! Maybe the big one will get 3 slices, with 2 1/2 slices for the feist? Hmmmm)
It’s actually unusual for me to have two failures on a project, especially ones that were as far off the mark as these past two were. Then again, most of my really serious desserts experiments have been with cakes, a whole different ball game from the pie world. Even when I was doing the candy bar versions, it only took me a single try to get both Mounds and Reese’s fillings down pretty close to where I wanted them. Why is this particular goal defeating me so profoundly?
It might be that I have a goal that isn’t obtainable, so I wonder…maybe I should shoot for the cheesecake instead?
Giving up is NOT acceptable. I will figure this out, even if I am feeding various versions of banana custard pie to the dogs all year long, I WILL figure it out!