Serious Eats: Recipes
Bourbon and Brittle Banana Cream Pie
About the brittle:
Don't leave the brittle unattended! You must stir the brittle frequently; otherwise the peanuts will scorch and stick to the bottom of the pan.
Brittle can be made up to 2 weeks in advance and kept in an airtight container. Recipe is easily doubled. Increase time to 15 to 20 minutes.
For easy clean-up, bring water to boil in saucepan and allow brittle residue to dilute.
About the custard:
This is a starch-bound custard. Normally, to avoid curdling, custards are heated gently until they thicken. In this recipe, the presence of cornstarch creates an exception to the rule: the custard must be brought to a boil, then boiled for an additional 2 minutes to properly thicken. Ignore this and you will have a weepy pie.
Pie is best served the day it is made.