Cream pies are a big hit in our family, as well as our friends. This recipe is a basic filling for all cream pies such as coconut, chocolate, pineapple, etc. It is also good for fillings in cakes and desserts. This basic filling is so simple and used in all my cream pies. You can add the egg yolks with all the other ingredients, use a whip tool while stirring with no worry of curdling. I top the pies with Marshmellow Creme Meringue (posted on JAP).
Mix flour and sugar in your sauce pan. Then add milk, salt, butter; slightly whip egg yolks until incorporated together and add to other ingredients in pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whip tool. When the mixture thickens and starts to come to a boil, remove from heat; add vanilla. Pour into pie shell.
Variations: Chocolate pie - add 3 tbs cocoa to flour and sugar. For coconut, add 1 cup of coconut after removing from heat. For pineapple, add 1 small can drained, crushed pineapple after removing from heat. For lemon, add lemon juice to your "taste".
Pour filling into baked pie shell. Serve with whipped cream, or top with Marshmellow Creme Meringue* and bake until meringue is lightly browned.