Today I want to share a recipe that might just be new to all of you. I was first introduced to this particular pie when I lived in Texas via one of my mom’s friends, and my family has been making it ever since. I have never seen this on a menu at a restaurant, and I honestly have a hard time trying to describe it to others, even though it is so simple! Simple…and wonderful. It has become a staple dessert at holiday get-togethers and special occasions. An added bonus is that you can make it ahead of time and pop it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve, since it’s a pie you eat chilled! Let me introduce you to Texas Cream Pie:
Another thing I love about this pie? It is customizable. I’m pretty sure that the various toppings you can adorn your pie slice with make this a dessert that everyone will love. In our case, we add a dollop of whipped cream, use fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries) and then shave curls of chocolate over the top. If you don’t like berries, that’s ok! Chocolate is enough. Don’t like chocolate? Just have berries. Do what you like!
I’m pretty sure I am going to require a slice of this pie some time in the near future…the creamy texture of the filling paired with the tang of berries and sweetness of the chocolate and whipped cream make it one of my all-time favorite desserts!
Texas Cream Pie
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstartch
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp vanilla
1 package unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 baked pie crust
1. In a bowl, mix 1 package unflavored gelatin with the cold water and set aside.
2. Heat milk in a heavy sauce pan. In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Add sugar and cornstarch to eggs and mix. Stir the egg mixture into the heated milk and cook just until thickened. Do NOT overcook!!!
3. Add softened gelatin to milk mixture, and beat with a whisk until smooth. Add butter, salt, and vanilla.
4. Cool slightly, then pour into the fully cooked pie crust.
5. Chill for at lest an hour (until fully cooled throughout).
6. At serving time, cover each slice thickly with whipped cream and top with fresh berries and shaved/grated chocolate.
Do you have a treasured family recipe?