Ruthy's post for Peaches and Cream Pie on Saturday still has me drooling. (You can find that recipe here) So, since I've been dwelling on pie (thanks a lot Ruthy!), I decided to revisit one of my very first posts here at the Yankee-Belle.
How many of y'all love pie? Now, how many love pie, but rarely, if ever, make one because you think it's too hard? Well, today I'm going to share Grandmama's secret to easy cream pies. She developed this recipe when she was eighteen years old, then adapted it to the microwave, making it easier than ever. No more standing at the stove, stirring constantly.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 level Tbsp. flour
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 cups milk
- 4 beaten egg yolks (save the whites for your meringue)
- 2 Tbsp. melted butter
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 - 9 in. baked pie crust
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together sugar, flour, and salt. Add just a little milk to the flour sugar mixture to make a thick paste. (I don't know why that step is here,but I go with it anyway. Maybe it's to make sure there are no lumps.)
Add egg yolks, rest of milk, and butter and mix well. Cook in microwave on HIGH at 2 minute intervals, whisking between each interval. The first two times you whisk the mixture will still be watery and you'll think, "this isn't working." But trust me on this. Three times is usually enough. If not, go to one minute intervals.
See, easy as pie!
An added bonus to this basic recipe is that there are so many variations. I gave you the info for a coconut cream pie, but here are some others you're sure to like.
Chocolate Cream: Add 1 pkg. Nestle's Pre-Melted Chocolate (or 2 Tbsp. cocoa) to filling before cooking. Top with meringue. Brown 15 min. in 300 degree oven.
Pineapple Cream: After cooking, add one small can crushed pineapple, drained. Again. top with meringue.
Banana Cream: Slice 1 or 2 bananas into crust before pouring in the filling. Top with meringue.
This is at gratuitous photo of my grandson, Elijah. He's too young for pie, but he sure does make us smile.
Ah, yes...that baby is three years old now. My how time flies.
Can you believe it's August? School has started for some and will be soon be starting for others. Before you know it, we'll be putting up fall decorations. And, dare I say it...?
THERE'S CHRISTMAS STUFF OUT AT HOBBY LOBBY!
Time definitely marches on, so we may as well enjoy it.
Bring on the pie!