Friday, November 20, 2015

The Easiest Pie Ever

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.

Put the egg whites that you saved in the mixer and start beating on high.

 When they form soft stiff peaks - - - add 1/3 cup sugar.

 Continue beating until the sugar is dissolved and the meringue is stiff and shiny.

 Spread a layer of meringue around the edge of the pie first, making sure to seal it aroung the edge of the crust.  Then pile the remainer in the center and spread out to create soft peaks.

 I put a small handful of coconut on top of the meringue to make it even prettier.

 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.

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  1. I think you need to adopt me! We drive 25 miles to a little cafe for coconut cream pie. You make this look easy and I know from experience it is not. I am going to try it. My husband will love you forever.😊

  2. Oh gosh, Marti, this sounds delicious and is my hubby's favorite, pinning so I can find it next time he needs to be treated!...and really so easy...much better than boxed pudding. I like you use flour to thicken ...Sandi

  3. That's one beautiful pie, Marty! And it's my favorite pie as well. I used to make a mean meringue, but haven't made one in years. I love your tip about the wax paper!

  4. This looks delicious (and beautiful) Marty and you had me at easy!! ;)

  5. Thank you Marty, for this great recipe. I love all the pies. You are such a terrific cook and hostess.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving - I am so looking forward to having turkey and dressing.

  6. Marty, my "chef" would love for me to make one of these. He loves coconut cream pie. I think I might do this for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  7. yes indeed~!t pass that pie and a large spoon over to Me.. thankies

  8. My husband will love this. Thank you!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  9. This looks so delicious! It's one of my all-time favorites! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Pinning!

  10. My favorite kind of pie and yours looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  11. Thanks for sharing this recipe. . It sounds delicious and your instructions make it sound so easy

  12. Your pie is beautiful, Marty! It actually looks like the one I make. And you're right, there are so many variations. Nothing as good as scratch, is there? Thanks for sharing at No Place Like Home and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    Autumn blessings,

  13. I love coconut cream too! My Mother made the most wonderful meringue. Yummy Yummy Yummy! My mouth is watering!

  14. Yum! Coconut meringue pie is my favorite! Thanks for sharing your recipe. It really does look easy. Blessings~
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  15. Wow, this is easy! I've never made a meringue topped pie before, it's so pretty Marty!

  16. As a little girl, I only had Coconut Cream Pie a couple times. I decided early in life that it was my absolute favorite and I thought "I will eat that all the time when I grow up"! Yours looks wonderful. So glad you shared your recipe.

  17. Oh my! This looks delicious! You make it look so easy too, lol. I haven't had coconut cream pie since i was young. Thank you for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. I made the crust yesterday and the shell is now in the oven, baking!! I am making Banana Cream as coconut is not a fav around here, Can't wait to have it (along with my apple and home made mince) later today!! I LOVE Thanksgiving! Yes, I am in Canada, but I DO celebrate the "real" Thanksgiving!!

    All the best and thanks for the great recipe.

    Burlington ON Canada

  19. Marty, that recipe is a keeper that is for sure!! THANKS for sharing, it was delicious.
    Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful too.

    Burlington ON Canada