Friendship Fire starter: something that promotes friendship, encourages a catch up or strengthens a bond between two or more people.
When I was growing up I was fortunate enough to have not one but two best friends.
When the Lee twins moved from country NSW to the South Coast, we hit it off, and as a result my childhood is awash of memories of the three of us at the beach, the park and the local roller skating rink. As teenagers we found casual work together in the local supermarket, embraced the Wollongong night life as young adults and when that no longer satisfied we went on numerous domestic and international holidays.
Today, as grown women we continue to catch up….to gossip, to reminisce….a chance for a briefly escape the busyness that has become our lives…we all have day jobs, one has a family of their own, we have households, gardens and pets to attend too…but we would not have it any other way!!
I recall all three of us shared a love of baking. It was common to find us in the Lee family kitchen, making mess from one end of the kitchen bench to the other…We loved to invent, to experiment…following recipes…well sometimes…It was a relaxed atmosphere, three creative spirits having a go!!
It is with fondness that I recall a dish the three of us perfected back in the early 1990’s…Banana Cream Pie.
The taste of my childhood, our collective childhoods…This recipe is best made in the company of others and then eaten soon after with the same crew.
Did we invent this recipe? It is hard to say…I don’t recall there EVER being a recipe book, and it was well before the era of the internet and Google.
Inspired by an my earlier post this week : Taste of Childhood, I have spent a great deal of time reminiscing about the foods that shaped by early years….Banana Cream Pie surfaced again and again.
So without further ado, let me commit to text, the recipe that will always be associated with good friends, good company and the unmistakable taste of summer.
Banana Cream Pie ( or the ‘I am such a lucky girl to have two best friends’ pie)
1 Packet of Arnotts Nice Biscuits ( any sweet plain biscuit will do)
75 g butter
2 ripe banana
300 ml Lite Thickened Cream
200g Passionfruit yogurt
Base: Smash biscuits into a crumb consistency. Melt butter. Mixed into biscuits crumb.
Place into pie dish. Press firmly with hands into base of dish. Place into refrigerator to set.
Pie filling: Mash bananas. Add passionfruit pulp. Add passionfruit yogurt and thickened cream. Stir all ingredients together.
When pie base has set (20 mins max waiting time) remove from fridge and pour filling into pie dish.
Place into freezer for up to 2 hours to set.
Serve frozen and with fresh fruit (if so desired)
Note : The does not have to be a Banana / Passionfruit cream pie…you could use any fruit that takes your fancy…Strawberries, Blueberries, Rasberries….The falvour combinations are endless.
Related post: The Taste of Childhood