The Perfect Pie

Every cook has one that that they make THE BEST.  Mine is my cream pie.  This past Thanksgiving even though we had burritos for dinner, I still made pie, okay, pies, I think I made 3.  A few days after Thanksgiving when we had some friends over for dinner I served leftover coconut cream pie for dessert and the loved it.  They loved it so much they asked me to teach them to make it. It really is a simple recipe, all it takes is time and patience.

So here is  your weekend project

Printable Recipe

Cream Pie Base (Vanilla Custard)

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 cups milk

  • 4 egg yolks

  • ¼ cup PLUS 2 tbsp. Cornstarch

  • ¼ tsp. Salt

  • 2 tbsp. Butter

  • 1 tsp. Vanilla


  • In a saucepan (I like to use a heavy one that conducts heat well) combine, sugar, cornstarch and salt.

  • Add the milk and egg yolks.  Turn the burner on LOW heat and whisk ingredients together until no lumps are present.

  • Still using the whisk stir slowly, and constantly.

  • Slowly increase the heat over the next 15 minutes,  (but not going over medium or you WILL burn the custard and come out with a nasty mess) continuing to stir constantly.

  • After about 15 minutes the mixture will start to thicken, watch closely for the first bubble to appear.  When the first bubble appears to indicate that it is boiling, set a timer for one minute (no more, no less) and stir the mixture, at a slow boil for one minute.

  • After the one-minute take the mixture off the heat and add the butter and vanilla.

  • This is now finished vanilla custard, which can be made into several delicious kinds of pies.

Coconut Cream Pie

Add ¾ cup of shredded coconut to the mixture after it is finished and pour into 2 pre-baked pie shells (the Pillsbury ones are awesome, really close to homemade).

Chill for at least 1 hour

Then top with whipped cream and toasted coconut. (see below)

Mini pies made in cupcake cups are also amazing

Banana Cream Pie

Slice 4 medium sized bananas into ¼ inch pieces and place them to completely cover 2 pre-baked pie shells.  Pour the finished custard on top and chill for at least 1 hour before serving

Chocolate Cream Pie

Melt 1-½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips and add to the finished mixture.  Pour into two pre-baked pie shells and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.  Can be topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Pumpkin Cream Pie

Add 1 cup of pureed pumpkin and 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie seasoning to the finished mixture and pour into two pre-baked pie shells.

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 1 quart heavy cream

  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

  • 1/3 cup of powdered sugar


  • In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer of you don't have a stand mixer, or if no other options are available, I have done this BY HAND before, I don't recommend it), pour the COLD whipping cream. IF using a bowl never use a plastic bowl, your cream won't whip properly.

  • Start the  mixer off on the second to lowest setting and let it go for a minute or so then add the cream of tartar

  • Increase the speed (to about medium) and let it whip for about 2 minutes

  • Start adding the powdered sugar a few tablespoons at a time, letting each addition mix well, this is a very personal taste thing, I think I usually add somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 cup of sugar, you want it to be LIGHTLY sweetened else it will overpower the nice custard.

  • Be careful not to over whip the cream, you want it still, but not unspreadable, and defiantly not butter!

  • If your pie is not cool yet you can stick the bowl in the the refrigerator for up to an hour

Toasting Coconut

I like to use slightly stale coconut to toast, it toasts better.

Spread about 1/2 cup of shredded coconut on a baking sheet, park under the broiler for about 45 seconds.  Watch it CLOSELY it burns in a heartbeat and oy does that stink!

You are limited only by your imagination, this recipe is very versatile.


  1. Ok! Pie and now I'm thinking about all of those cookies you made at Christmas! Hello!!! :o)

  2. haha, I am evil, I know. sorry (not really). :)


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