Strawberries are some of my favorite fruits. I’ve been waiting since the holidays to make this strawberry truffle pie. However, fresh sweet strawberries are still nowhere to be found. I must patiently wait a few more weeks until strawberry season makes its grand entrance. In the meantime, we do have plenty of bananas. Bananas are such a versatile fruit. They make smoothies delicious, baked breads scrumptious, and they’re delectable in pies! One slice of this caramelized banana truffle pie has me thinking… what strawberries?
Since bananas are readily available any time of year, this banana truffle pie is the perfect year-round treat. Plus, it’s super easy to make.
This recipe requires the use of a pre-baked pie crust. You can use the single crust pie dough included in the recipe, or if you’re pressed for time, store-bought pie dough is a perfect alternative. This pie crust can be baked in advance, making assembly of this pie a breeze.
Once your pie crust is baked and cooled, you can spread in the truffle filling. The silky truffle filling is made with semi-sweet chocolate and cream cheese. It’s the perfect balance of sweet with a nice kick of tang and creaminess from the cream cheese. Once filled, allow the truffle filling to set up in the fridge.
Right before serving, top the filling with sliced bananas. One layer of bananas isn’t enough. Load on the bananas by adding two or three layers. Sprinkle sugar generously over the sliced bananas. Use a kitchen torch to lightly brûlée and caramelize the bananas. Slice and serve immediately. Once you’ve caramelized bananas, I don’t recommend placing it back in the fridge. The caramel crust will soften and expel liquid.
Add a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream for a bit more fun! Or, simply eat it as is. I love the crunchy caramel crust, sweet bananas, and creamy truffle filling. It’s a winning combo!
Here are my changes to the original strawberry truffle pie:
- Instead of 1 pound fresh strawberries: use 3 ripe bananas
- Omit 1/4 cup red currant jelly
- Add 2 Tbsp granulated sugar over sliced banana to brûlée before serving