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Basic Cream Pie Filling Recipe

This version of Basic Cream Pie Filling is cooked in the microwave; no need to worry about scorching or boiling over. No one needs to stand by the stove stirring constantly, either. Ive included several variations so that you can make your favorite cream pie in just minutes. This filling is also used in banana pudding, English trifle, and other pudding based desserts.

Basic Cream Pie Filling

1 8" or 9" pie depending on which variation you use
2 cups milk, divided
1/3 cup flour or 1/4 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 8" or 9" baked pie shell
  1. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the milk into a large microwaveable container and microwave on high to boiling, 4-6 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk the flour or cornstarch and sugar together until well-mixed.

  3. Add the remaining 1/2 cup milk, salt, and eggs; whisk until smooth.

  4. Whisk the milk/egg/sugar mixture into the hot milk until smooth.

  5. Microwave, stirring every two minutes or so until it boils (a single batch takes about 3 minutes; a double batch 4-5, depending on your microwave).

  6. Stir in the butter and vanilla.

  7. Pour into a cooled pie shell, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly touching the filling (to avoid a skin forming)

  8. Chill at least 4 hours.


Amount Per Serving
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 56
Percent Total Calories From:
Fat 34% Protein 9% Carb. 57%

Nutrient Amount per
Total Fat 6 g
Saturated Fat 3 g
Cholesterol 69 mg
Sodium 221 mg
Total Carbohydrate 23 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 4 g

Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 1% Calcium 0% Iron 1%

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