Old Fashioned Cream Pie

January 18th, 2009 by katie

Has enough time sufficiently passed from New Year’s to post a dessert recipe?  Because the only thing I feel like eating lately is this.

Why is it that the most delicious foods are the hardest to photograph? This Cream Pie Recipe is amazing! It is rich and velvety, sweet and thick, and it can be adapted to make a Coconut Cream Pie, Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Pie, or any other combination of pudding and pie you like. My grandfather’s wife, Sunny, shared this recipe with me after we had her wonderful Coconut Pie on vacation.

The picture above of some glop on top of some gloop is the best Banana Cream Pie you’ll ever have. Don’t want pie? Just make Banana Pudding. Don’t want Banana? Make it with Coconut or Chocolate or even just Vanilla. I love these old fashioned pudding pies because they are so delicious and rich. This recipe, like my lemon pie, is made entirely in one pot without having to temper the eggs so it is perfect for a beginner.

Old-fashioned Cream Pie

prep 5 min, cook time 20-30 min, chill overnight
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 1/2 cups milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pie shell, baked
  1. For a vanilla pudding base: mix all ingredients, except vanilla, in a sauce pan.
  2. Stir well and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. This took almost 30 minutes for me.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour into prepared pie crust. Top with whipped cream or meringue. Chill overnight.

Banana Cream Pie

  • Cream Pie base
  • 3 bananas, sliced (toss with 1 tsp lemon juice if desired)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Top pudding base with sliced bananas.
  2. Whip cream and sugar, cover bananas.
  3. Chill overnight.

Chocolate Pie

Here is the chocolate pie variation that came with the recipe but I prefer this chocolate pie filling.

  • Cream Pie base
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  1. Add cocoa powder to flour mixture before heating.
  2. Continue as for cream pie base.

Coconut Pie

  • Cream Pie base
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • reduce sugar by 1/4 cup
  1. Add coconut to flour mixture before heating.
  2. Reduce the sugar if using sweetened dried coconut.
  3. Continue as for cream pie base.

Call it comfort food, but the only thing I have been craving lately is a big, thick bowl of the vanilla pudding base from this recipe.  I could eat it forever, at least that’s how I feel right now.  I had to throw half of this pie away because I was eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  You know, just a spoonful here and there easily adds up to half a pie by the end of the day.

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8 Responses

  1. noble pig

    Ha, I posted tons-o-desserts since New Years! I mean heck we can’t live without our sweets. This sounds delicious!

  2. MODman

    Honey… Most good deserts are very camera shy. The drippy, gooey ones are the best. I grew up on banana cream pie (my dad’s favorite) and it was a year round treat. These pictures take me back home.

  3. sweetbird

    I have to agree with you that the most delicious foods are a real pain to photograph! But yours always look great!

    Bad photos is why I’m sometimes sporadic at blogging – I just can’t bring myself to post anything that doesn’t look pretty.

    I need your talent!

  4. Stacy

    This reminds me of the universal pie my mom always made. It was Banana for my Brother, Coconut for me and Chocolate for dad…all a variation of the same pie! Delicious!

  5. RecipeGirl

    MMMMM! I had to laugh because I completely agree… sometimes I have to skip blogging about some pretty delish things because the subject just was too fussy to get a good picture! Your picture though looks just fine. Its deliciousness came shining through!

  6. Marie

    Your photo looks fine to me, pass me a fork!

  7. Cheryl

    Yowza! My son opted for banana pudding instead of a traditional cake on his birthday this year — I just stuck candles in the banana slices. It was such a hit that he swears he’s going to ask for it every year.

    If I made it into a pie, I’d earn a shocking number of points.

  8. AmyAnne

    I’m just skipping around your site looking for something yummy. I want to make this but really? chill overnight? Like the whole night? How about 4 hours? I can’t look a that thing all day and then in the morning and save it for after dinner. I’m making it though…it’s just what I was looking for 😉

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