I love Vanilla, now don't get me wrong, I crave chocolate like everyone else, but vanilla holds a special place in my heart. Vanilla is available in so many different types and they all have their own subtle flavor differences. Isn't it time you rediscovered an old favorite !
1In a heavy sauce pan combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.
2In a separate bowl, whip together egg yolks and milk , stir into sugar mixture.
3Cook over medium heat, stirring CONSTANTLY, until mixture thickens and boils.
4Boil 1 minute, keep stirring . *Careful not to scorch the bottom of pan
5Remove from heat and pour mixture through a fine sieve. Then stir in butter and vanilla.
6Pour into a pastry shell and cover filling with saran wrap. *** Make sure wrap touches filling so a "skin" doesn't form. ***
7Allow to cool 30 min. on a cooling rack and then refrigerate until filling is firm.
**Tip** I just remove one of my oven racks and elevate it on top of a couple coffee mugs of the same size. Makes a good cooling rack. ***
8Beat whipping cream until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form.
9Spread whipped cream over pie. Or fill a piping bag with whipped cream, use a star tip to decorate. Make it your own, you can even use a ziplock with the tip cut off ! Refrigerate and serve with berries, chocolate shavings, or grated citrus . Enjoy