Wednesday 8 July 2015

Honey Banana Pie

Banana had been the main fruit that was consumed regularly during my childhood. Plantain trees were often grown in the backyard; and the plantains, flower and stem were used for cooking. Banana has been the home remedy for constipation! My grandmother used to advocate bananas for gaining weight! As raw fruits are not often preferred these days, making a dessert with fruits is a desirable alternative. I find this honey-banana pie an easy-to-bake and tasty recipe. Let’s see how to prepare this dessert.

For the filling:
Banana – medium sized, 2 no
Honey – 2 tablespoons (adjust to taste)

For the crust:
All purpose flour or maida – ½ teacup or 100ml measure
Baking powder – ¼ teaspoon
Salted butter – 25 grams

Method: Peel and cut the bananas into thin slices. Keep aside.

Sieve baking powder and flour 2-3 times. Mix butter and flour in a bowl with your fingers to form a smooth mass. Sprinkle cold water as required to make the dough into rolling consistency. Divide into 2 parts and shape into balls. Roll each ball on a board using rolling pin into a circle of 6” diameter dusting with flour as needed. Place one piece at the bottom of a circular tray or pie dish of 6”diameter, and prick with a fork in several places (Fig.1). 

Fig: Roll the dough ball into a circle and prick with a fork
Bake the tray with bottom piece in a preheated microwave oven using convection mode at 200oC for 4 minutes (Fig.2). 

Fig.2: Bake the bottom layer in a preheated oven
Remove from the oven. Place the banana slices side-by-side on the bottom piece covering the entire surface. Spread 1 tablespoon of honey over the banana slices taking care to cover all slices. Now place another layer of banana slices over the first layer and spread remaining honey over the second banana layer (Fig.3).

Fig.3: Arrange the banana slices on the bottom layer and top with honey
Now place the second piece of dough layer on top to cover the filling and seal the edges. Prick with a fork and brush with milk (Fig.4).

Fig.4: Cover the filling with second dough layer and seal the edges
Bake in the microwave oven using convection mode at 200oC for 12 minutes or till the crust turns golden brown in color (Fig.5). Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. 

Fig.5: Bake till the crust turns golden brown
Yummy tasty honey banana pie is ready! Cut into quarters and serve as a dessert (Fig.6).

Fig.6: Cut the pie into quarters and serve!
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