How to Make Bad Brads BBQ’s Banana Cream Pie

The metro Detroit barbecue chain shares its recipe
bad brad's banana cream pie
Bad Brad’s banana cream pie

Looking for a sweet treat to make at home? Bad Brads BBQ’s has a recipe for you. Here, the metro Detroit barbecue chain — which has locations in Clinton Township, New Baltimore, Shelby Township, and Orion Township — shares the instructions for its banana cream pie, a graham cracker crust dessert filled with pastry cream, diced bananas, and salted caramel.

How to Make Bad Brads BBQ’s Banana Cream Pie

Graham cracker crust

Ingredients:

 1 ½ cup Graham Crackers, finely ground

1/3 cup sugar

2 oz. butter, melted

9-in. pie shell container (or 4 smaller individual shells)

Directions:

Place Graham Crackers and sugar into a bowl and add butter. Mix using hands until well incorporated. Butter pie pans so that crust does not stick. Place Graham Cracker mixture into pan, starting at the bottom and working your way up around the pie shell — make sure that it is same thickness throughout. If making individual pie shells, divide the graham cracker mix equally into all pans. Bake at 350 degrees and cook for 12 minutes and set aside.

Pastry Cream

Ingredients:

1 cup whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup sugar

2 egg yolks

1 whole egg

1/4 cup cornstarch

3 Tbsp. butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

Using a heavy sauce pot, add milk, heavy cream, and eyeball half of the sugar and bring to a simmer. 

In a bowl, add all eggs, cornstarch, remaining sugar, and vanilla extract and whip until well incorporated.

Once the milk is hot, add roughly a half cup of the hot liquid and add it to the egg mixture. Immediately whisk to incorporate. Then, add egg mixture back into the pot with the milk and leave on low heat and whisk until the mixture thickens. Place mixture into a bowl, place plastic wrap on top, and place into the refrigerator to cool.

Salted caramel

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup sugar 

3 oz. water 

1 oz. corn syrup 

1 cup heavy cream 

3 Tbsp. butter 

1 Tbsp. salt 

Directions:

In a sauce pot, add water, corn syrup, sugar, and salt and start reducing. Once it becomes a dark golden brown, turn the heat off and immediately add your heavy cream. Add butter and salt and allow to cool. 

Banana cream pie

Ingredients:

3 bananas (ideally diced right before eating)

Whipped cream

Directions:

Cover bottom of pie crust with small amount of caramel. Place diced bananas inside of the pie shell and spread evenly to the edge. Scoop pastry cream and place on top of the bananas. Add until the pie shell is full and spread even. Right before consumption, add whipped cream — start at the outside and work your way towards the center. Drizzle more caramel and Graham Cracker crumbles on top for garnish. Slice and enjoy.


For more, visit badbradsbbq.com.

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