Banana Pineapple Tropical Pie With

INGREDIENTS:

Pie Pastry for single crust 9-inch pie
2 packages (8 oz. each) reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Equal® Spoonful*
1 container (8 oz.) frozen light whipped topping, thawed
1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple, well drained
1/4 cup flaked coconut, divided
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
2 medium ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
1 tablespoon chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Roll pastry on lightly floured surface into circle 1-inch larger than inverted 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into plate; trim and flute edges. Pierce sides and bottom of pastry with a fork. Bake in preheated oven 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack.
Meanwhile, beat cream cheese and Equal® until blended. Gradually mix in whipped topping, pineapple, 3 tablespoons coconut and rum extract. Place half of cream cheese mixture in pie crust. Arrange banana slices in single layer; top with remaining cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle top of pie with remaining 1 tablespoon coconut and chopped pecans. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Makes 10 servings.

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Banana Cream Pie With Equal

INGREDIENTS:

Pie Pastry for single-crust 9-inch pie
1 1/4 cups Equal® Spoonful*
7 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups 2% milk
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped ripe banana (about 3 medium)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 cups prepared fat-free whipped topping

DIRECTIONS:

Roll pastry on lightly floured surface into circle 1 inch larger than inverted 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pan; trim and flute edge. Pierce bottom and side of pastry with fork. Bake in preheated 375°F oven 12 to 15 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Cool completely on wire rack.
Meanwhile, combine Equal®, cornstarch and salt in medium size saucepan. Whisk in milk until mixture is smooth. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute or until thickened, whisking constantly.

Beat egg yolks in small bowl until smooth. Stir about 1/2 cup hot mixture milk mixture into eggs. Whisk egg mixture back into milk mixture in saucepan. Cook over very low heat, whisking constantly, 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from heat; let stand about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine chopped bananas and lemon juice. Fold into milk mixture. Spoon into baked pie pastry. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or until filling is set. Spread prepared whipped topping over filling. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Makes 8 servings.

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Banana Pudding Pie

INGREDIENTS:

7 ripe bananas, sliced
2 cups whole milk
1 5 oz. pkg. French vanilla pudding mix (instant)
1 8 oz. pkg. Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon banana flavored liquor or extract
1 14 oz. can condensed milk (sweetened)
1 12 oz. tub Cool Whip, thawed
1 graham cracker crust

DIRECTIONS:

Mix the pudding mix with the milk in a blender or with an electric mixer. Use the type of instant pudding mix which doesn’t require cooking.
In a separate bowl, blend condensed milk with the cream cheese until smooth, then fold in the Cool Whip.

Combine cream cheese mixture and pudding mixture, and stir in the liquor or banana extract, combining well.

Slice the bananas and layer over the bottom of the pie crust. Spread mixture over bananas.

Refrigerate until serving time. Garnish with chocolate curls or additional Cool Whip and banana slices.

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