Basic Cream Pie Filling with Variations

Deanna Ogle


I used to work in a bakery and we made lots of cream pies. We made a basic filling, divided into amounts for each pie and added the various flavors to fill the pie case. Variations are endless.

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3 c
1 c
1 c
cold water
3/4 c
dry milk powder
3 oz
cooked type dry vanilla pudding mix
1/2 c
cornstarch, plus 2 tablespoons
1 large

How to Make Basic Cream Pie Filling with Variations


  • 1Bring 3 cups water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan.
  • 2In a bowl, combine the 1 cup cold water and the remaining ingredients with a whisk until smooth.
  • 3When the sugar syrup has come to a boil and the sugar is completely dissolved, whisk the milk mixture and add to the pan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with the whisk until the mixture thickens (only takes a few minutes).
  • 4Remove from heat and stir in your favorite flavoring or use plain for vanilla cream pie or pudding.
  • 5Pour into baked pie shell.
    Chill and top pie with whipped cream, if desired, when cold.
    Makes enough for one pie.
  • 6Variations:( Add to hot pudding)
    German Chocolate - stir in 1 cup chocolate chips, top with german chocolate cake frosting and whipped cream.

    Dark Chocolate - stir in 1 cup chopped dark chocolate, such as Hershey's special dark.

    Peanut Butter - stir in 1 cup peanut butter.

    Banana - stir in 2 sliced bananas and 1/4 teaspoon banana extract.

    Coconut - stir in 1 cup coconut and 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract.

    Pina Colada - stir in 1/2 cup coconut and 1/2 cup well drained crushed pineapple.

    Rum raisin - stir in 1 cup raisins and 1 teaspoon rum extract.

    Reese's - stir in 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup peanut butter.

    Banana split - stir in 1 chopped banana, 1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple, 1/2 cup sliced strawberries. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce and chopped nuts.

    Hawaiian - stir in 1 sliced banana, 1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple and 1/2 cup coconut.

    Cheesecake - stir 3 oz. softened cream cheese into hot filling until melted. Top cooled pie with cherry pie filling or other favorite fruit topping.

    Stir in anything else that sounds good.

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About Basic Cream Pie Filling with Variations

Course/Dish: Pies
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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