Pecans from Soup to Nuts and when I finally got a chance to look at it, I knew this would be the first recipe I'd make. It's a little different from what I remember, which seemed to have pudding and maybe cake? I'm not sure. I tweaked the recipe just a bit, adding vanilla, and tossing the pineapple and bananas together to keep the bananas from browning, and made the crust without the ground pecans. This pie is a cross between cheesecake, cream pie, and pudding, in other words, absolutely delicious! We're having a crawfish boil next weekend, and I've been assigned dessert, so I'm considering making this again. When the husband gives something two thumbs up, I know I have a winner! So, be sure to save room for dessert!
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick butter, melted
8-oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
16-oz sour cream
3 bananas, sliced
20-oz can crushed pineapple
Maraschino cherries, with or without stems, for garnish
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
Whipped cream or cool whip
Grated chocolate, optional
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
In a 13x9 baking dish, melt butter in microwave, then add graham cracker crumbs and mix well, pressing the mixture onto the bottom; set aside.
Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in another mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition, until completely blended.
Spread this mixture evenly over the graham cracker crust and bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven, spread the sour cream over the cream cheese mixture, and bake for 15 minutes longer.
Remove from the oven and cool completely.
While base is cooling, drain crushed pineapple and slice bananas into 1/4" slices; gently toss pineapple and bananas together.
When cool, layer the pineapple and banana mixture over the sour cream and then spread the whipped cream evenly over the top.
Dust with grated chocolate, if desired, then sprinkle with the chopped pecans and the cherries.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form - texture should be billowy.
Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla.
Recipe adapted from Pecans from Soup to Nuts by Keith Courrege and Marcelle Bienvenu