How to make an old-fashioned “magic crystals” banana cream pie (1956)

"Magic Crystals" Banana cream pie (1956)


“Magic Crystals” banana cream pie recipe

Never before a banana cream pie so light, so tender. Light in calories, too. The secret is “Magic Crystals” that burst into fresh milk flavor, without heavy fat. Even the luscious topping is whipped Carnation Instant Nonfat.


1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups Carnation Instant, mixed with 2-1/2 cups water
2 eggs
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 medium bananas
9″ baked pie shell or crumb crust made with vanilla wafers


Mix sugar, cornstarch and salt in top of double boiler. Add liquid Carnation Instant, mix well. Cook over hot water until thickened (15-20 minutes), stirring occasionally. Add small amount hot Carnation Instant mixture to beaten eggs; mix and return to milk mixture over hot water. Cook 4-5 minutes longer. Remove from heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool; then pour part of filling into pie shell. Slice bananas over filling; pour remaining filling over bananas. Just before serving, top with whipped Carnation Instant.

Makes a single-crust 9″ pie

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YES, CARNATION INSTANT WHIPS! FOR 3 CUPS whipped topping with 2/3 less calories:

1. Mix 1/2 cup Carnation Instant “Magic Crystals” with 1/2 cup cold water in bowl. Beat until soft peaks form (3-4 minutes). Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

2. Continue beating until stiff peaks form (3-4 minutes more). Fold in 1/4 cup sugar. Place on pie; serve at once.

The secret is CARNATION — the “Magic Crystals” INSTANT Milk. Delicious for drinking, too — nutritious, with all the protein, all the calcium and B-vitamins of fresh, whole milk. Discover the only “Magic Crystals” Instant — Carnation. Use the coupon below, today.

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