6″ Cherry Cream Pie

My very first 6″ mini pie and flop all in one… I’m posting it anyway because it tastes okay and creating new recipes is experimental. Learn as ya go, eh?

So, what’s wrong with it?

  1. Crust is too thick. Next time I make Basic 6″ Pie Crust, I will roll thinner.
  2. Vanilla Cream (recipe below) is too thin. I wanted it firm, to not sag out.

Oh yeah… it sagged out. Maybe I should have stuck to my original plan (cherry meringue) but I I accidentally dumped sugar into the egg white all at once, before I even beat it, so I took the yolk and change direction. I’m happy with the cherry topping. This size is supposed to serve two, but I think it big enough to serve four. Or, if all you want is a little sweet treat, cut it into 6 wedges like the slice in the photo.

Vanilla Cream Recipe

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 T cornstarch (not enough, add 1 tsp???)
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

Beat egg yolk with a fork, add sugar and stir well. Dissolve cornstarch in milk, then stir into egg mixture. Heat in a double-boiler, stirring constantly, until it becomes thick and smooth. Add butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth again. Remove from heat and let rest to slightly cool, then pour into a pre-baked 6″ crust. Cool to room temperature. Top as desired. Chill overnight.

NOTE:  I don’t own a double-boiler pan, so I used a speckled (graniteware) metal pie plate that nests just right on top of one of my pans yet it’s still easy to lift off. And, it works great! Just get the water to a rolling boil before setting whatever fits on top on your pan.

Since this recipe makes so little, it cooks up really quick and it makes just enough for a 6″ pie, leaving plenty of room for a top layer.

I will make it again… play around until I get the cornstarch measurement just right, maybe add a dash of nutmeg (so tempted last night, but didn’t think an eggnog flavor would go well with cherries) and come up with other flavors, too. I’m thinking it will be a good basic recipe to vary for other cream pies… banana cream, coconut cream, etc.

Maybe I should have used flour instead of cornstarch?

TOPPING:  1/2 to 2/3 cup of whatever you want… cherry or blueberry pie filling, another type of pudding, maybe just sliced strawberries.

I had homemade cherry pie filling in the freezer, so I thawed out a bag (one cup) and cooked it down while stirring constantly with a wire whisk until the cherries broke to bits and it was thick enough to show the bottom of the pan along the path of a spoon.

If you try this recipe, I hope yours comes out better than mine.

Thanks for reading!

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