I came across a recipe, in my Mama's recipe box, for a basic cream pie that you can turn into almost any kind of pie that you want. With this basic recipe I made these two pies: Chocolate Cream Pie and Coconut Cream Pie! The recipe is basically a Vanilla Cream. It's very easy. The only advice I would have for a beginner, is to practice tempering eggs before hand. I am always super careful not to end up with scrambled eggs in my pie base! LOL
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 tsp Kosher salt
3 cups milk
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 Homemade Pie Crust, click for the recipe.
Prepare the pie crust in a 9 inch pie pan and cool completely.
In a medium sauce pan, off heat, mix together sugar, corn starch and salt. Stir in milk until smooth. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and add a very small amount of the hot mixture to the yolks and stir. Keep adding the hot milk mixture to the yolks until warm. Slowly add the egg yolk mixture to the milk mixture, whisking/stirring as you go. Return the sauce pan to the heat and cook until it just comes to a bubble. Remember to keep stirring to prevent scorching! Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Pour into a baked, cooled pie shell. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until set.
For the Coconut Cream Pie...
Add 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut when you add the butter and vanilla. Stir to combine and pour into the pie shell.
For the Chocolate Cream Pie...
Add 1 1/2 cups of Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips when you add the butter and vanilla. Stir until melted and pour into the pie shell.
Banana Cream Pie... Cool the filling until just warm. Cut up 3 bananas and place them in the pie shells and pour filling over the bananas.
Butterscotch Cream Pie... Replace the sugar with Brown Sugar. (firmly packed 3/4 cup)