Cream Pies: One Easy Recipe with Endless Variations
By Cheri Sicard
Cheri Sicard is the editor of www.FabulousFoods.com, a comprehensive online cooking community. She lives in Los Angeles.
This is a wonderful recipe to have in your repertoire because you can vary it to make many classic cream pies, including chocolate, banana, butterscotch, eggnog or coconut. Of course, you can always get un-traditional and start coming up with new variations. How about tropical flavors like fresh pineapple and mango, or perhaps a Peaches and Cream Pie, or maybe Chocolate Banana Cream? Once you read the basic instructions, you'll get endless ideas of how to vary them. Have fun!
The Basic Recipe
3/4 C sugar
1/3 C flour
1/4 tsp. salt
2 C whole milk
2 eggs or 3 egg yolks
1 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 baked and cooled 9 inch pie shell
whipped cream to top pie
The Basic Instructions
In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, flour and salt. Stir in 1 cup of milk, mix until smooth, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until smooth and thickened (about 2 minutes) then remove from heat.
Beat the eggs or egg yolks with the remaining cup of milk. Temper the egg mixture with a small amount of slightly cooled milk mixture then blend this into the larger saucepan with the cooling milk mixture.
Return saucepan to the heat and bring to a boil again, stirring constantly, lower heat and simmer until mixture thickens a bit more, about 1 minute.
Remove from the heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Cool slightly and pour into the baked pie shell.
Cool completely then cover the top of the pie with sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.
Cream Pie Variations
Chocolate Cream Pie
Make basic filling and add 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips to hot filling in pan. Stir until chocolate melts completely.
Banana Cream Pie
Make basic filling and cool. Slice 2 or 3 bananas into bottom of pie shell. Pour cooled basic filling (or chocolate filling) on top.
Coconut Cream Pie
Stir 1 cup flaked coconut into basic filling just before pouring into pie shell. Sprinkled toasted coconut on top of the whipped cream for a beautiful and tasty presentation.
Butterscotch Cream Pie
Substitute 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar instead of white sugar in basic filling recipe, and increase the butter to 3 tablespoons. Cook in the same manner as the basic filling.
Eggnog Cream Pie
Stir in 1/4 tsp. nutmeg into the basic mixture. Sprinkle a small amount of nutmeg on the whipped cream.