This weekend is my boyfriend’s dad’s 50-something birthday. A little bird told me that he loves banana cream pie, so I immediately remembered a recipe my mom used to make us all the time as kids.
It’s easy. And cheap. And it’s very yummy. It’s Banana Nut Torte.
The recipe comes from a local cooking publication from 1980. On the same page as the recipe is an ad that features two people in 70’s style teeny basketball shorts. Classic. They look like they are ready to party. I have no idea what went on in 1980 because I wasn’t quite born yet. But by the looks of things, shit went down.
Banana Nut Torte
1 stick oleo (No idea what this is. Some kind of 70s thing. Asked my mom. She said butter or margarine. I used butter)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups milk
2 or 3 bananas (I used 3)
1 cup flour
r1-8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 large carton Cool Whip (I know, I know. If you want to make your own whip cream, feel free. But would those people in the picture? I think not.)
1 large package instant banana pudding
1/2 cups chopped walnuts and/or toasted shredded coconut
For crust: Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine softened butter or margarine, flour and 1/2 cup walnuts in a food processor. Pulse until walnuts are ground fine and everything combines into a doughy ball. Press into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
After the crust is cooled, mix softened cream cheese with powdered sugar. Beat until creamy. Stir in 1/2 carton of Cool Whip. Spread mixture on cool crust in an even layer.
Place 3 cups cold milk into a bowl and mix instant pudding until smooth. Before it is set, pour on top of cream cheese layer and spread in an even layer.
Slice bananas over this layer. This is what it should look like:
Cover bananas with the remaining Cool Whip. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and chopped walnuts. ( See finished torte at beginning of post)
Try not to eat it all.
Really make sure the crust is cooled completely before you begin adding the layers. Otherwise it gets all soggy and gross.
If you don’t like bananas, substitute the banana pudding for pistachio pudding and leave out the bananas. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios. Also yummy.
When you’re toasting coconut, it goes from nicely toasted to burned in under a minute. Keep your eye on it!