Friday, May 4, 2012

Easy Pie In A Hurry

This is such a great recipe for a pie and one that you can put together in just a few minutes.

 I have some really big deep dish pie plates, and I love to use them for all my pies.  I cheat a little when I am in a hurry and use a ready made pie crust that you just unroll into the pie pan and bake.  For a cream pie you need to prick the bottom and sides of the crust and then bake at 375 until golden brown.

 My cream filling recipe is one my mom always used and it is a basic one that can produce many different flavors.  I am making a coconut one today for DH.  His favorite pie.

Start with 1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of flour
3 egg yolks ( save the whites for your meringue)

 Mix in 3 cups of milk and cook until a full boil and thick.

 Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp butter flavoring.  Then add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of coconut, depending on taste, and mix well.

 Pour into baked pie shell.

 Cover the filling with a piece of wax paper to keep it from crusting over while you whip the whites for the meringue.

 Beat egg whites until soft peaks, add about 1/3 c. sugar and beat until stiff peaks.

 Remove wax paper and spread on top of filling.  Garnish the top with some additional coconut.

 Bake in 375 oven until meringue is done and golden brown.  Place on wire rack to cool then place in refrigerator.

 Super easy and such a great crowd pleaser.

Basic Recipe:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
3 eggs (separated) yolks for the filling and the whites for the meringue
3 cups milk
Combine all and cook over medium heat until thick and a full boil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter flavoring (optional)
mix in cooked filling

Place the 3 egg white in a clean mixing bowl and beat on high until soft peaks, then add 1/3 cup sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks.  Spread over pie filling making sure to spread to the edge of the crust so the meringue doesn't pull away as it is baked.  Bake at 375 until nice and brown.

Optional flavors

Add 3 tblsp. of cocoa for chocolate pie(add to the dry ingredients before cooking)
Add 1/2 cup shredded coconut for coconut pie (add after the filling is cooked)
Fill bottom of crust with 2 sliced bananas for a banana pie

This is also wonderful to just use as a pudding.  Such a great basic recipe that you can make your own with all kinds of fruits and flavors.  How about using it as a basic vanilla pudding and filling parfait glasses with various fruits and pudding, or maybe layer a bowl with bananas, vanilla wafers and pudding for a great Banana Pudding dish.  Just use your imagination, you will find tons of ways to use this great recipe.

I am linking to Rattlebridge Farms for Foodie Friday


  1. Good Day Marty! Thanks so much for the recipe!
    If we eat out and I have room for dessert, that is the pie I order, especially if it's known to be home made and delicious. Now, I have to admit, I've never made this pie myself because I'd eat the whole thing! This recipe looks easy so I will try it ~ sometime when we have company. :) Have a great day! Pamela

  2. This looks so yummy I must try it :)

  3. Yum ! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. This is a great recipe. I want a slice right now! xo

  5. You made it look so easy and what a great looking pie that is....drooling now! ;) Have a great weekend! xo ~Liz

  6. Marty, this is such an easy recipe and it looks so good!!! Thank you for sharing it! Will have to give it a try! You just made me hungry! :)

  7. Gorgeous, I love pie! Can't wait to try this one.

  8. Ya me guarde la receta, Marty muchas gracias por sacarnos de apuros, tus recetas son ricas y rĂ¡pidas

  9. Oh my goodness, sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing, Marty!!!!

  10. This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Marty! I'll be making this soon!


  11. Thanks lot for this useful article, nice post

  12. Oh, looks delicious! What other flavors do you make? I don't have any coconut lovers in my house but would love to try and make this. Thanks for sharing! :) xo

  13. Oh I am drooling over this pie. I know I would be eating the whole thing if I had one. We just finished a sheet cake a neighbor bought for my hubbies b-day. I know we must have gained a few pounds for sure..but cake is not my favorite, I rather a pie anytime..

  14. Boy! That sounds like a really good and easy pie! YUM...xo Diana

  15. Just curious, what is "butter flavoring?" I have never heard of it before. Would it be like "vanilla flavoring?"

    1. Yes it is just like vanilla. YOu can find it in the grocery aisle.

  16. That looks quick and easy. Thanks

  17. This sounds great Marty! Thanks so much for sharing, I will be trying one soon:@)

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    Excellent post I Love it, you just gained a brand new reader. Thank you and best of luck

  20. Oh MARTY!! Coconut is my FAVORITE! I MUST try this recipe! It sounds WONDERFUL and really easy. :)

  21. Hmmmm, delish! Very similar to my recipe, however, your meringue looks beautiful. I don't even try them anymore 'cause they always weep. Wish I had a slice of this pie right now!


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