Blog-tember Day 23: Bailey Jean's Banana Caramel Pie

Friday, September 23, 2016
September 23rd has a special place in my heart, y'all. You know why?! Because it's my 7th BLOG-IVERSARY! I started blogging seven years ago today, and little did I know what I was getting into. A cross-country move, three conferences, three (and a half) blogging challenges, a half-dozen PLUS meet-ups with strangers from the internet later, this little world has blessed me 100 times over! It will never cease to amaze me, and I can't imagine life without it. You're my people, y'all. And I'm so thankful.

Today deserved a celebration in my opinion, and it definitely influenced my decision about which recipe to choose. Just so you know, this isn't my recipe. It's my mom's. And I have no idea where she got it from, but it is a staple at family gatherings and for holidays. But enjoy!

Friday, September 23: A family recipe (if grandma allows, of course)!

2 bananas
1 graham cracker pie crust
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 can of sweetened condensed milk

1. Remove labels from can of sweetened condensed milk, then boil for two hours.
2. Set aside the can of boiled milk (now caramel) until it is cool to the touch.
3. Slice 2 bananas, layering evenly over graham cracker crust.
4. Cover bananas with the entire can of caramel.
5. Finish with a layer of 2/3 the tub of Cool Whip.

Voila! A show-stopping banana caramel pie!

NOTE: Do NOT use the cans of sweetened condensed milk with the pop tab on the top! Also, it is VERY important that you wait for the cans to cool completely before you open them. Otherwise they will explode.  I typically boil 3-4 cans at a time to save a few for later, especially if I'm doing it in late summer/early fall when the boiling water makes my apartment so warm. I also recommend that you check the pot every 20-30 minutes to make sure the cans remain completely covered by the boiling water; add water as necessary.  Lastly, be sure to refrigerate the pie before serving. I think it's best served cold!

It's only five steps and four ingredients to the PERFECT holiday pie that will delight and surprise your friends and family. It's SO rich though that one piece will last me several days. You'll have to let me know if you give it a try! I can't wait to see what you think!

Which recipe(s) are you sharing today?


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