This is a pie to celebrate the end of a year that we'd rather forget. It is an easy cookie crust, and has layers of creamy banana pudding, actual bananas, and it's stuffed with chocolate peanut butter cups and crunchy malted milk balls. We top the whole thing with blobs of marshmallow and torch it like huge s'mores. This pie is sweet, with creamy, crunchy, fluffy and gooey textures. The bitterness of the charred and smoldering marshmallow simultaneously represents the ridiculous difficulties of this year, and actually helps balance the sweetness of the marshmallow topping.
It is an easy pie to make, coming together in about 15 minutes. If you do not have a kitchen torch, use your broiler to toast the marshmallow. Just use a metal pie tin, and not a glass one, and put the pie on a sheet pan to catch drips. Preheat the broiler and then slide your pie under it so it's about 4 inches from the heat source. Watch it closely for the entire minute or two until the marshmallows are golden brown but not on fire.
2020 Dumpster Fire Pie
- 1 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafer cookies
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 medium bananas, sliced
- 8 peanut butter cups, such as Reese's
- 1/2 cup chocolate-covered malted milk balls, such as Whoppers
- 1 (3.4-ounce) package banana instant pudding
- 1 cup cold milk
- 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
- 2 to 3 cups marshmallow spread such as Fluff
Gather the ingredients. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 30 seconds while singing happy birthday to yourself twice.
In a medium bowl, mix together the crushed vanilla wafer cookies and melted butter.
Press the moistened cookie crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan. Lock down and refrigerate 10 minutes to firm.
In a large bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes, the mixture will be thick.
Fold in the whipped topping.
Cover the bottom of the crust with a mask of 1 sliced banana.
Top with 1/3 of the banana pudding filling.
Follow proper PPE protocol and cover with a layer of peanut butter cups and chocolate covered malted milk balls.
Top with another 1/3 of the banana pudding filling.
Slice the second banana and layer on top of the filling.
Spoon the remaining 1/3 of the banana pudding filling over pie and socially distance in the refrigerator to set, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, hum several refrains of Auld Lang Syne.
When ready to serve, dollop the top of the pie with marshmallow fluff until completely covered.
Light a butane kitchen torch and move it around to toast the marshmallow peaks all over the pie. Blow out the pie if it happens to catch on fire. Stay at home and enjoy with friends over Zoom. Serve with a fork and eat your feelings directly from the pie pan. Note: This recipe is vegetarian but not vegan.
- Crust: Instead of vanilla wafers, substitute graham crackers, ginger snaps, chocolate chip cookies, or chocolate sandwich cookies.
- Pudding: Substitute chocolate or vanilla pudding instead of banana.
- Candy: Go to town with candy substitutes and add whatever you like, such as equal amounts of mini snickers, twix, rolos, pop rocks, or ferrer roche.
- Topping: Use standard marshmallows instead of fluff, or simply smooth the top of the pie and cover with 1/2 cup granulated sugar then brulee with a torch.