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National Banana Cream Pie Day is unofficially observed in the United States on March 2nd.

People have been making pies filled with cream, pudding, and custard since the medieval times. Similar inventions from that era include Napoleons, cream puffs, and ├ęclairs. Bananas arrived in the United States in the 1880s and by the early 1900s banana recipes appeared in every major cookbook as bananas became more readily available to most family kitchens and were incorporated into traditional custard pie recipes. One of the possible oldest recipes for a banana cream pie dates to 1906.

Traditional banana cream pie recipes call for a crust made out of graham crackers or pastry dough; a layer of sliced bananas; a custard filling made with eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla; and a topping of whipped cream or meringue. Common embellishments include pecans or drizzles of chocolate and caramel.

Another testament to the popularity of the banana cream pie is its ranking as the number one favourite dessert among the U.S. troops in the early 1950s.

Thanks to punchbowl.com for sharing the information.

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monza006

Thank you so much for stopping to let me know you're enjoying my puzzles Babchi... marking the calendar sound like an excellent plan. Mandy :~)

Babchi

You're right! Who knew? i'll have to celebrate banana cream pie day next year. i must mark my calendar so i wont miss it again. love your puzzles and your creativity1

monza006

Welcome lillyjean - I'm happy that you have enjoyed the fruits of my labour!! I'm in the UK, where we also eat lots of bananas - and when I get the chance I do add cream!! I'm pleased you've discovered Jigidi too... and look forward to seeing you around. Mandy ;~)

monza006

Wendy, I try to make sure I provide a balanced diet in my Who Knew puzzles!!! I'm happy you feel this puzzle met that criteria! Thanks for letting me know :~)

All that beautiful baking, you must have been busy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am from N.Z. and Kiwis are one of the biggest consumers of bananas. I don't think many of us add all the lashings of cream yum yum. Thanks for the tempting puzzle.

Wendy_13

Oh, finally! A healthy dessert to go with the "Let's All Eat Right Day" you posted five days ago. LOL!

monza006

Nuts are always a good choice... thanks PJ :~)

puzzlejan

Oh Mandy - I'm fine - found a mix of nuts instead :-)))
Looking forward to your next "Day"...
PJ

monza006

Thanks whatnauts - I love bananas too and preferably ones that have a slight tinge of green on their skin when I open them!!

whatnauts

Although these creations look wonderful and yummy, I'm not a fan of banana cream pie. I prefer my bananas 'straight up'. Thanks for another fun puzzle, monza.

monza006

Oh PJ, it must be hard when you've experienced the pleasure and no longer live where they are available... maybe you can manage to rustle up some banana custard instead!! Thanks for popping in :~)

puzzlejan

Oh Mandy - now I crave for American pies, and I love the banana ones too. Your selection of images is great - our fridge is much too 'health sensible' to fit my craving .... :-)))
PJ

monza006

Thanks Katie and Rosie - I hope you both enjoy today!

roerick3

Thanks, Mandy, for another great puzzle. I think any one of those fab banana cream creations pictured would be wonderful but it's breakfast time here and, even though I advocate eating desert first before any meal if you want, I want steak and eggs or some yogurt creation for breakfast. But I do love a good banana cream pie.

buckeye425

Oooh - yummy! This is another delicious day Mandy! The one at top center looks most delicious with the banana cream on top of the thick layer of dark chocolate!!!

monza006

Morning Edie - all the non banana likers are coming out today!! Lemon or chocolate are always good, thanks for stopping by :~)

monza006

Thanks Hanne - I hope you enjoy your day :~)

2dogs7cats

Have to side with Barb on this one. Not a big fan of bananas and never tasted the pie. Lemon or chocolate and I'll be there. Aside from that I did enjoy the puzzle. Thanks Mandy

Elfie

It sounds just too great!!! Ohhh yummy!! What a day!! Thanks so very much Mandy!!

monza006

I expect there is a special banana split day sometime Lucy - I just haven't come across it yet... nice to see you today :~)

grandmalucy

But where is the banana split. THat i can go for .

monza006

LOL - thanks Pat :~)

pkin38

You have me drooling all over the place... Thanks Mandy

monza006

Thanks Barb - Lemon meringue pie is one of my favourite pies.... but probably even less healthy than this one. I'm pleased you enjoyed looking!!

monza006

Goodness Ardy - that must be awful!! I love bananas, although I hate anything with banana flavouring. I'm sure there are lots of people who will enjoy it for you (and for me!) - nice to see you today :~)

tigress

Oh dear, one of the very few fruits which I don't care for. Now if this had been lemon meringue pie day I would jump on the band wagon. LOL
Thanks for another Who Knew puzzle, Mandy. Always enjoy reading the history and seeing your images. :-)

ringleader

Wonderful, Mandy. But I won't be trying it today or ever. Sugar is a big "no,no" and I can't digest bananas. They make me so sick - even just the flavoring. Hope the others will enjoy it for me.

monza006

Good morning Magda,
Please let me know when you try it, as I've never tasted it, and it sounds lovely :~)

oldiepumpkin

Must be good for weight-watchers!! I will try it.

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